On yesterday’s show I heard about the Kerfuffe concerning Ted Kennedy’s widow Bishop McManus of Worcester and Anna Maria College:
A small Catholic college that invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement has rescinded the offer under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who described her apparent political views as out of line with Catholic teachings.
Some might wonder why Mrs. Kennedy might not be considered an appropriate commencement speakers for a Catholic College, I know one blogger who managed to figure it out:
Gee, lets see Mrs. Teddy, You are publicly pro-choice. Your late husband is symbolic of Obamacare. Remember the calls: “Do it for Uncle Teddy”? I do. You remember Obamacare Mrs. Teddy don’t you? The law that is part and parcel of the federal government trying to force its views on the Catholic Church. The faith that you find so important that believes that life begins at conception. That birth control and abortions go against God’s will. That both you and your late husband have worked all your adult lives to not only make legal, but to ever expand it.
My exposure to the story was via the AP read on the station and a story in the Worcester Telegram I’m seeing the Boston Globe story for the first time today as I write this and the following paragraph is very telling emphasis mine:
Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement today placing the decision at the feet of Bishop Robert J. McManus and saying it still believes Kennedy is an appropriate choice.
Given my own history with Anna Maria College that last sentence doesn’t surprise me at all. When I took my son there for a college visit three years ago and found a College so secular that when I got a letter from Bishop McManus encouraging me to send my son there for a “Catholic Education” I wrote him saying:
I can’t reconcile your description of Anna Maria with what I saw and I can’t believe you would make that description after visiting the college yourself. While academically I believe it would be strong I don’t believe attending would foster his faith, in fact I suspect if he choose to wear his faith proudly it would go hard on him there.
The Bishop forwarded the letter to the college’s president who wrote me back assuring me:
Please know that we proclaim and practice our core identity as a Catholic and sisters of St. Anne institution in the classroom, through our programs and services, and in our practices on and off campus
That the college didn’t, and still doesn’t, see what the problem was is no shock, after all their Catholic Vision didn’t include a presence at any of the Catholic Men’s Conferences, or official presences at the 40 days for life or the Vigil for Unborn life…
…but in the end the college DID defer to the Bishop. That shows there is a glimmer of hope that the promise of their posted goals including:
Celebrating and affirming the College’s Catholic identity through programs, events and public statements.
The first step is turning something around is to change direction. If this is the first public step to change that direction than I congratulate them for it. The college is going to be assaulted without mercy in the local, state and national press for this and these guys are going to need people to back them up and encourage them.
I’ll include them in my prayers, If you are Catholic, I suggest you do too. And to those at the college who are going to have to withstand the assault of the MSM remember the promised assault is part of the job description:
If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24
but comes with promised rewards
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12