*UPDATE* Not a Typo! Norwich Diocesan Newspaper notes pro-abortion AG invited to speak to Catholic grade schoolers

UPDATE: Please see below for an important update to this story.

A surprised reader of Four County Catholic – the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Norwich, CT –  just contacted me and pointed out this news item in the most recent April 2011 issue:

“protecting a woman’s right to choose”? How did that get past the editor? And why is a known advocate for abortion being invited to speak to Catholic grade school kids?

The Four County Catholic’s masthead says their publisher is Bishop of Norwich Michael Cote, but I believe it is more appropriate to contact their executive editor Michael Strammiello at com@norwichdiocese.net and respectfully ask him to publish a retraction and apology in their next issue (to address the scandal caused to their readers) and to be more vigilant in the future about what they publish. Feel free to send him the link to this post.

As the above news item states, pro-abortion AG George Jepsen was invited to speak to Catholic children at St. Mary Star of The Sea School in New London at the request of Principal Anne Tortora. Here is their online contact page if you wish to raise (again, charitably) concerns about their choice of speaker.

UPDATE – An AmP reader who contacted Mr. Strammiello forwards his response:

Thank you very much for your thoughtful message.  You are perfectly correct in your objection to the Attorney General caption.  Yes – we are already preparing a correction for the May Four County Catholic.  We state in that correction that even the slightest inference of our condoning the Attorney General’s position is deeply regretted.  Of course, we wouldn’t expect any of our faithful readers to think otherwise, given our relentless pursuit of all matters pro-life.  It is more of an embarrassment that should never have happened.

I think we can trust that this matter will be resolved. St. Mary Star of The Sea, not so much.

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9 thoughts on “*UPDATE* Not a Typo! Norwich Diocesan Newspaper notes pro-abortion AG invited to speak to Catholic grade schoolers

  1. Dan Colgan says:

    The turmoil in our once beloved country can be attributed to losing the protection our Almighty Creator for what is being done to the most beautiful of all His creations. It is incomprehensible that anyone can justify taking the life of any of His innocents. One need only look into the eyes of a small child to see God’s beauty shining through. God help those who destroy this reflection.

  2. Peggie Bushey says:

    I am so dismayed to see a Catholic School ‘leader’ having invited someone like George Jepson to speak to children in a private school such as this. My grandchildren are in a Christian School and I would be heartbroken if this mad was ever called in to speak to them! Principal Tortora needs to be removed for her extremely poor judgement! I always admired the Catholic Church for their openly prolife stand. To have this Principal pull a stunt like this is beyond the pale. There are so many wonderful , prolife , high profile people to bring in,,why this man was chosen sickens me.

    1. Vincent says:

      Right on! No matter what a man’s thoughts and actions may consist of, his stance on the abortion issue trumps all. No child should be exposed to a baby murder supporter, whether it be in school, church, or on TV. My 5- and 2- year olds have not met one of their uncles and it will STAY that way, he is a wingnut Obama supporter. To him my kids would likely just be “the ones that got away” from Planned Parenthood.

  3. Kathy Prieto says:

    The Four County Catholic actually presented the news in a fair way. They wrote the facts as they were and let the truth be know to the Diocese! If they intentionally kept the caption out, they would be intentionally misleading the readers about Mr.Jepson and the quality of speakers Ms. Tortora brings to the school. I thank them for putting the truth out there! No fault to the paper- just doing their job! Perhaps Ms. Tortora needs to work in Public school where the culture of death is promoted.

  4. Monica says:

    Thomas,
    I live in this diocese and sent an email to the editor immediately. This is our communication…

    Mr. Strammiello,
    I was just online to the very popular Catholic blog americanpapist.com, and was shocked to see our diocese and it’s newspaper in the headlines. It was about a feature in the very issue I received at home today: the picture of our Attorney General speaking at St. Mary Star of the Sea School. The comment under the picture that you edit states that Mr. Jepsen is an advocate of “a woman’s right to choose”.
    Why this man was at this school at all is an entirely different matter, however, I was certain that the Four County Catholic was an authentic Catholic paper, and edited as such. I believe your readers deserve an apology.

    His Response…
    Dear Monica,
    Thank you very much for your thoughtful message. You are perfectly correct in your objection to the Attorney General caption. Yes – we are already preparing a correction/apology for the May Four County Catholic. We state in that correction that even the slightest inference of our condoning the Attorney General’s position is deeply regretted. Of course, we wouldn’t expect any of our faithful readers to think otherwise, given our relentless pursuit of all matters pro-life. It is more of an embarrassment that should never have happened.

    We have learned from this mistake. We are strengthened by learning.

    Thank you, again. God bless you.

    Michael Strammiello
    Executive Editor
    Four County Catholic
    Diocese of Norwich

    Thank you Thomas!

    1. Bruce says:

      Good news! This shows why blogs like this are so critical in the Church today. Good work!

  5. Bruce says:

    Well, Ms. Principal, my children would be removed faster than you can say “dissident”. The best thing about Catholic schools is that when they fail to be Catholic, we can remove our children and force their hand. Either BE Catholic or go out of business. Your choice.

  6. Jen says:

    To speak to them about what, exactly? What did this AG talk to the kids about? It seems to me the letters and questions are better addressed to the school principal, asking why in the world she invited this man to speak to the children, and how exactly she can reconcile it with Catholic teaching. She should be glad I’m not a parent at that school.

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