Washington D.C., May 7, 2012 / 11:47 am
Georgetown University is drawing strong criticism for inviting U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at a ceremony during its commencement weekend.
“Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor,” said Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly.
In a letter to Georgetown President John DeGioia, Reilly called it “scandalous and outrageous” that America’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university would provide such a “prestigious platform” to a Catholic who supports abortion and has played a key role in launching the controversial contraception mandate that threatens the continued existence of many Catholic institutions.
On May 4, Georgetown announced Sebelius as one of several speakers chosen for this year. She will address Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute at an award ceremony on May 18.