WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic university at the center of the HHS mandate controversy has invited the mandate’s sponsor and chief Catholic advocate to address graduates who plan on going into politics.
Georgetown University, an historically Jesuit institution, has announced it is inviting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address the commencement of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18.
The invitation of the militantly pro-abortion Catholic is buried as the next-to-the last announcement on its list of speakers.
Controversy has engulfed the campus since an alumna, Sandra Fluke, became an outspoken advocate for the HHS mandate.
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Sebelius admitted before Congress last week that she had not consulted any Supreme Court decision on religious liberty before promulgating the HHS mandate requiring religious institutions to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs without a co-pay in their health plans.
In addition to her role as chief enforcer of the controversial edict, Sebelius had a lengthy history as a pro-abortion governor of Kansas.
The Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic educational watchdog organization, has posted a petition opposing Sebelius’ speech on the website GeorgetownScandal.com. The measure asks university president John J. DeGioia to “withdraw the invitation to Secretary Sebelius immediately.”
“It is scandalous and outrageous that America’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly ‘pro-choice’ Catholic who is most responsible for the Obama administration’s effort to restrict the Constitution’s first freedom—the right to free exercise of religion—while threatening the survival of many Catholic and other religious colleges and universities, schools, charities, hospitals and other apostolates,” it states. “Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor. The selection is especially insulting to faithful Catholics and their bishops, who are engaged in the fight for religious liberty and against abortion.”
The petition is available here.