Cardinal O’Malley to Boycott Boston College Commencement Over Pro-Choice Speaker

In a statement released Friday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has announced that he will not be attending the commencement ceremonies at Boston College this year.   The Cardinal Archbishop of Boston traditionally delivers the benediction at the Jesuit school’s graduation.

Cardinal O’Malley’s decision came after Boston College refused to rescind an invitation to Enda Kenny, the pro-choice Prime Minister of Ireland.  Kenny is slated to be the commencement speaker and to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

As reported by The Cardinal Newman Society:

O'Malley“Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach (prime minister) has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation,’’ O’Malley said in a statement released this afternoon. “It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives,” he added, referencing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instruction that Catholic institutions not honor those whose views are inconsistent with the Church’s teachings.

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    Cardinal O’Malley not only wears the robes of his station but demonstrates by his actions and words that he deserves to wear them. Unlike others in the Church who remain silent or, worse yet, condone the more liberal views of some priests and nuns, this is a man of God who lives his faith and is a beacon of light for those who condemn abortion and pray for it to end.

  • dancingcrane

    Thank God some of His Shepherds are showing some backbone. So tired of hearing so many not only allowing the wolves to ravage the sheep, but joining in the ravage.

  • Richard Wagener

    God Bless You Cardinal O’Malley and thank you.

  • Pauline Reynolds

    Every time I hear about this man, I am impressed. Last time, it was his wearing his simple Franciscan robe at the Boston Memorial.

  • Larry

    I think the Cardinal’s decision is a good one. I have close friends in Ireland who tell me that due the the sexual abuse cover-up by the Catholic Church, that the Church is no longer held in esteem and is no longer trusted. The Irish people feel the Church let them down. The positive consequences of the cover-up is that the Irish people are now discussing women’s rights more openly and are not afraid to question the doctrines of the Church.

    • bobby

      maybe not even one, but he is taking the right stand of life…not murder.


    I have to ask, how many abortions will be prevented by the cardinal’s decision?

    • SubjectVerb


      You certainly don’t take into consideration the sin of scandal, now do you?

      • Robin

        Grrrr why read a catholic blog just to be a jerk to a cardinal.

        • Robin

          The holy innocents will stand up and condem this country at the judgement. Abortion is a terrible holocaust & grave sin.

          • GREG SMITH

            Dear Robin .. I read Catholic blogs because I’m a Catholic. I like Cdl. O’Malley! He was my second choice for Pope. I have just come to believe that we will never make a dramatic change in the abortion rate if we keep focusing on politics and assigning blame for it. FYI I’ve been on this forum since about 2009 and keep trying make that argument. Watch this space! – Pax tecum, Greg

      • GREG SMITH

        Dear SV ~ I believe that we worry too much about scandal in ways the Pope might see as “self referential”, and don’t spend enough time on critical thinking about how we might use our resources to reduce the number of abortions in the country. ~ Pax, Greg

        • SubjectVerb


          You are giving a false dilemma. It’s not either “We worry about the scandal of supporting pro-choice politicians” or “We spend spend resources on reducing the number of abortions in America.”

          It’s both.

        • Captain America

          Greg. You miss the point. Worrying about church scandal is VERY Big Picture, in the same way that you suggest thinking Big Picture about how to reduce abortion.

          Why on earth not do BOTH? Find practical ways to end the barbaric practice, and also find practical ways to clean the church.

          Unquestionably, the public perception of the church–and of religious faith in general– is enormously weakened by scandal.

          It’s more than an internal thing: it affects the whole ministry.

      • Patrick

        Now that there’s media attention to the issue I think the Cardinal should say publicly that he WILL attend so long as he gets 10 minutes alone with the Prime Minister for the express purpose of discussing with him the Church’s teachings on abortion.

        THAT would be pastoral. THAT would be constructive. I think the church is not being constructive when it uses the “we won’t play” card.

        To Greg’s point, the Cardinal’s absence will not change the Prime Minister’s views on abortion, but perhaps his eloquence can.

        • kay

          Sometimes one has to stand up for one’s beliefs just to give a good example. The Cardinal can arrange a private meeting with the Prime Minister or send a letter. That is the pastoral thing and he may have already done it.

          What is wrong with these so-called Catholic schools. Obama at Notre Dame was bad and now this. I would boycott the graduation also.

      • Kath

        You have nothing constructive to say so trash the Church – Really???

    • Rian


      Are unfamiliar with the church directive not to honor or provide a dais for pro-abortion politicians at Catholic universities or other venues? Boston College should have learned from the error that Notre Dame made in 2009 honoring President Obama at the Commencement. Given the President’s history since then (and the fact that they are suing the Federal government over Obamacare directives), I am sure Fr. John (Jenkins) regrets offering the dialog and venue for the man,

      • GREG SMITH

        Dear Rian ~ Yes, I’m familiar with the directive. However making it a “crown jewel” of the American Church’s prolife strategy is, with all due respect to the Bishops, not very smart. – Pax, Tecum, Greg

      • Captain America

        It would be nice to see Fr. Jenkins of Notre Dame offer a personal apology to the church for his error in placing a Catholic Imprimatur upon the Current Occupant.



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