Government Official Seeks to Censor Philanthropist’s Speech.

Cardinal Newman Society reports: A Cincinnati city councilman who identifies himself as gay doesn’t think a man who disagrees with him should have the right to speak.

anthony-munozAnthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals star, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and big-time local philanthropist, was asked by Xavier University to give this year’s commencement address.

Xavier University is a Catholic, Jesuit University, which means they like community service and social justice things like what Munoz champions in the local community.

But Anthony Munoz also believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman and isn’t shy about publicly supporting that belief. This is also a truth that the Catholic Church teaches and has taught uncompromisingly, so Xavier should be on board.

But this position is, apparently, radical and dangerous to some. So radical and dangerous, in fact, that in spite of his many great and laudable efforts to help so many people, a city council member thinks Munoz is unfit to speak to the graduates at Xavier, even though, one can reasonably assume, Munoz would not make marriage a major topic in his talk. Never mind any of that: Since Munoz dares disagree with same-sex marriage he must be censored.

Xavier, being a Catholic university, really has a great opportunity here to witness to the sanctity of marriage, express the true compassion at the heart of the Church’s message for all persons, show how this compassion is beautifully expressed in and through the teachings of the Church—even the ones some find hard or absurd, and to stand up for Munoz’s right to speak even if what he believes or says seems reprehensible to some in positions of power.

Or to students.

According to the city council member, a petition at the chronically laughable regarding this kerfuffle was set up by Xavier students. The petition reads, in part: “Xavier University deserves a commencement speaker that all around  reflects our university’s values…At this time, Mr. Munoz does not reflect those values.”

For their part the University said, “Anthony Munoz was selected as this year’s commencement speaker because of his tremendous service to our community through the Anthony Munoz Foundation and his remarkable reputation for charitable work.”

So the students think “tremendous service to our community,” a “remarkable reputation for charitable work,” and upholding the sanctity of marriage do not reflect the “university’s values”?  Clearly they don’t understand what a Catholic university is all about.

For heaven’s sake, in 2009 Notre Dame honored the rabidly pro-abortion Barack Obama, whom Notre Dame would later sue for violating our constitutionally protected religious liberty, and had him speak at commencement in spite of massive and high-level opposition; ‘twould truly be a travesty if a city council member and a student petition cowed Xavier into disinviting Munoz because he boldly upholds a Catholic teaching that is not presently in vogue.



27 thoughts on “Government Official Seeks to Censor Philanthropist’s Speech.

  1. Anita Luccari says:

    What an upside down world we live in when a person speaks the words of Jesus to the people out of love for them and they react as these are words of hate just because they don’t like being told marriage is only between a man and a woman. Our unborn babies are being murdered and thrown away as if they were trash because it’s a woman’s right to choose. Some of these same women are dying on the abortion table because it’s their right to choose. Did they really want to die too? Well, if same sex marriage is ok and abortion is ok, how will the world be when there’s no more people left?

  2. Sir Knight says:

    The Catholic Church’s teaching is NOT a message of hate. But apparently if you have traditional … conservative values you will be demonized as professing hate. Free speech is also apparently limited to the liberal left.

  3. Derek Tonkin says:


    Did the students have some reason to believe that Anthony Munoz’s speech would be “a message of hate”? If not I don’t understand why he should have had to clarify anything.

  4. Colin Pettorsson says:

    To Rodriguez….So the Church’s teaching on traditional marriage constitutes a “message of hate”?…it’s this kind of distortion that divides us. It’s one thing to disagree; another to misrepresent…we can agree to disagree without resorting to such inaccurate characterization…

  5. Daniel Rodriguez says:

    It was Xavier Univ students who organized a petition to receive clarity regarding Anthony Munoz speech to determine whether or not he would participate. Their intent was not to have a message of hate. Mr Munoz has provided the clarity and will be allowed to deliver his speech.

    Councilman Seelbach made a statement, but hardly played a roll in determining whether or not Munoz would be allowed to deliver his speech.

    1. Slats says:

      Upholding Catholic teaching on marriage is not and never will be a message of hate, and to say that it is is a lie. Not saying that you’re saying that, Daniel (you may have just been neutrally passing along the attitudes of others), but I do get tired of people mendaciously asserting that the truth of Jesus Christ and His Church is somehow hateful. We’ve come to a sorry point if for Mr. Munoz to declare what every faithful Catholic believes to be true would be considered by the powers that be at a nominally Catholic University, to be hate speech.

    2. Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Xavier, like all Jesuit Universities in America, has not really been Catholic for some time now, and this spoiled brat student petition to exclude Munoz just goes to prove it further.

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

  6. M M M says:

    I don’t understand why a councilman has any imput as to who speaks at a Catholic University graduation. Can someone fill me in?

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