Friday, April 24, 2009

Bishop D'Arcy Has Company

Archbishop Hughes to Boycott Xavier University Commencement Over Pro-Abortion Honoree

Archbishop Alfred Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans, has made public his letter to Dr. Norman Francis, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, announcing that he will boycott the university’s May 9 commencement exercises to protest the selection of pro-abortion Donna Brazile as speaker and honoree. Archbishop Hughes is also opposing the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Obama at commencement.

Archbishop Hughes cites instances in which political commentator Donna Brazile has expressed pro-abortion and pro-artificial contraception points of view as the reasons for his boycott of Xavier’s commencement. He notes that Xavier was founded by Saint Katherine Drexel and offers prayers that the university “will be faithful to that legacy in every way.”

Here is the full text of Archbishop Hughes’ letter.

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