.- Loyola University Chicago, a Jesuit institution, has ignored a request by Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, that they cancel this yearâs granting of the Saint Robert Bellarmine award to avowed pro-abortionist Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
In a statement issued on September 15 the university affirmed that the award will go to Attorney General Madigan who âhas indeed distinguished herself as a public servant.â
The statement then goes on to insist on the universityâs Catholic identity and emphasises itâs âmany efforts to nurture our studentsâ faith.â
The universityâs decision, however, ignores not only Cardinal Georgeâs request but also the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopsâ July 2004 statement on Catholics in Political Life which states that: âThe Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.â