Saturday, May 01, 2004

Indiana Catholic high school withdraws invitation to Governor (w/ Bishop's approval)

Governor Joe Kernan's high school alma mater has withdrawn a commencement speaking invitation to Kernan based on Kernan's policy statements on abortion. South Bend St. Joseph High School withdrew the invitation at the direction of Bishop John M. D'Arcy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who has direct authority over the school. D'Arcy, who confirmed his actions in conversation and a written statement Friday, said theology teachers at the school believed that Kernan's appearance would directly contradict the moral truths they teach and expect students to embrace. "I am in full agreement with these teachers," D'Arcy said. He then directed school Principal Kathleen Ratliff to withdraw the invitation in writing and to inform Kernan that D'Arcy had requested the action.

"St. Joe retracts Kernan invitation", by Martin DeAgostino.
South Bend Tribune, May 1, 2004.