Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Archbishop James Keleher, Diocese of Kansas City

After a Catholic college in Kansas invited the state's pro-abortion governor to speak at an event honoring Abraham Lincoln, a top Catholic bishop has told Catholic institutions in the state to not invite pro-abortion politicians to any further events. The University of Saint Mary came under fire last week invited pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be the keynote speaker at an event. Sebelius, who is Catholic, said she saw no conflict between her pro-abortion views and religious beliefs. But her views present a problem for Archbishop James Keleher of the Diocese of Kansas City. Keleher issued a statement that published in the archdiocesan newspaper following the event. Considering that abortion "has resulted in the killing of over 40 million unborn babies in the last 31 years since the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade," Keleher said, "it is imperative that our Catholic churches, schools and institutions make every effort not only to support the pro-life movement, but especially to ensure that the public understand our unequivocal stand on this issue." The Archbishop went on to say that "none of our Catholic institutions invite any person" who supports abortion or has a pro-abortion voting record "to address, give workshops, or otherwise make any presentations at these institutions." Source: LifeNews.com