Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Georgetown Univ Picks Pro Abortion Sec. Sebelius As Commencement Speaker

Brian Burch, President, CatholicVote: Catholic Georgetown University announced late Friday that they have selected Kathleen Sebelius as the commencement speaker for their Public Policy Institute graduation awards ceremony scheduled for May 18.

Yes, that Kathleen Sebelius -- the current Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the face of the new HHS mandate forcing all employers, including Catholic hospitals and schools, to provide free coverage for birth control, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

U.S. Catholic magazine rightly asked today: "Were they trying to get the most controversial speaker possible?"

Georgetown's decision to honor Sebelius is a giant public insult of our Bishops, and all those praying and working to stop this unprecedented assault on our religious liberty.

That's why we launched CatholicsForUnity to mobilize Catholics across America to urge Georgetown leaders to reconsider this scandalous act of division.

Our Open Letter states:
"...your decision is fundamentally an act of disunity, and represents an insult to the ongoing efforts of our Bishops and faithful believers in America who prayerfully seek a resolution to this conflict."
Remember this is the same Kathleen Sebelius who last year lashed out at those who oppose the mandate saying: "We are at war." She said those notorious words at a fundraiser for NARAL, the strident pro-abortion lobbying group.

Make no mistake. Kathleen Sebelius is using every lever of power to promote abortion and to cripple the Church's institutions.

Our Church and our Bishops are engaged in an unprecedented struggle to protect our religious liberty. The primary bishop of every diocese in the United States has spoken out publicly in opposition to the mandate. Yet Georgetown officials are now undercutting their efforts, and causing great public confusion.

Georgetown is our country's oldest Catholic university, founded right in our nation's capital. The struggle over Georgetown's Catholic identity is well known to many. But we aren't ready to give it up. If Georgetown wasn't worth fighting for, we might be able to ignore this act of disunity.

But this decision is not just about Georgetown.

The Church in America is united to stop this mandate. Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals stand together in opposing it. That's why it is critical that we continue to pray, work, and act as one.

Secretary Sebelius deserves civility and respect as the appointed Secretary of our federal government's Department of Health and Human Services.

But she does not deserve a platform or place of honor at a prominent Catholic institution's commencement ceremony.

Please sign and share our Open Letter to Georgetown today.

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