On Monday, May 20th, a number of organizations will be protesting at the Boston College commencement ceremony. Students for Life of America (SFLA) and other local and national pro-life organizations will host a prayer vigil and public witness outside the Boston College graduation ceremony to protest Ireland’s 1st pro-abortion Prime Minister giving the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree at the Catholic institution. BCI would invite any local Boston-area readers to attend. Here are more details:
SFLA will gather together to stand up for women, show the value and worth of children in the womb, and voice support for keeping Ireland abortion-free.
When: Monday, May 20th
8am – Prayer Vigil and Public Witness
9am – Press Conference
Where: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA — Corner of Beacon Street and Reservoir Avenue
“The fact that Boston College is honoring the man who is pushing an abortion bill that will lead to the mass death of preborn Irish children and the harm of countless women and families is unconscionable,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “Thousands of people from across the globe have taken action on our websiteNotAtBC.com to voice their outrage over the decision and send messages of support to Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who has been under attack by pro-abortion forces for boycotting the event. It’s shameful that BC’s President, Rev. William Leahy, has not rescinded the invitation to Prime Minister Enda Kenny, despite the outcry from the public and Catholic leaders. If Boston College won’t stand for the preborn at its graduation ceremonies, we will.”PM Kenny and his governing party Fine Gael have gone against their election promises and introduced legislation that would legalize abortion in Ireland under the guise of preventing the suicide of pregnant women. As there is no gestational age limit to the measure, it would mean abortion on demand, by threat of suicide, through all nine months of pregnancy. In addition, Catholic hospitals would be forced to comply with the proposed law as it does not contain conscience clause protections for their health care workers.
The Catholic Church in Ireland has denounced the measure and called upon the Irish people to lobby their elected representatives to oppose it. Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of Ireland, said the bill, if approved, would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland.” In addition, Kenny has threatened to expel pro-life Catholics from his party if they refuse to vote for the measure.
NotAtBC.com is a website sponsored by a coalition of the nation’s leading pro-life organizations.
Here are more details from Boston Operation Rescue on their planned protest:
LOCATION: Beacon Street entrance to Alumni Stadium @ BC.
PARKING: It will be tight! There are meters on Beacon Street near the Alumni Stadium entrance. It is possible, however, that a parking ban may be in effect at the meters. If so, we’ll have to car pool from Cleveland Circle.
Therefore, it is best to arrive early to be able to deal with contingencies.
BY MBTA: Take the Green Line (B train) to the end, which is the Boston College stop. Walk past the front of Saint Ignatius Church, bear left and walk down St. Thomas More Road to Beacon Street (about a half-mile walk).
IF YOU NEED A RIDE from somewhere near BC to our protest site, call my cell at 774-287-0751. We’ll have someone pick you up.
In addition to our pro-life demonstration, Students for Life of America has announced that they are sending a contingent from Virginia. They have a prayer vigil scheduled for 8:00 am and will also do a press conference. Confirmed participants in the press conference:
Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life
CJ Doyle, Catholic Action League
Kate Bryan, Live Action
Jack Falvey, Making the Numbers (and a BC alum)
Expected at the press conference are the National Catholic Register, some Irish media, and at least one Boston outlet.
Jesuit administered Boston College will award an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who will also be the principal speaker at the BC’s 2013 commencement on May 20.
On April 30th, Kenny’s coalition government introduced legislation to legalize abortion in Ireland.
At a time when the Catholic Church and the entire pro-life movement in Ireland are opposing this man, Boston College is honoring him! This is one of the worst acts of betrayal by a Catholic institution in the history of American Catholicism!
Former state representative Martha Walz, the President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, called Kenny an “appropriate commencement speaker.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: “Everything we ever wanted to know about Enda Kenny and his unpersuasive claims that he plans no major changes in Ireland’s abortion laws, has now been explained to us by Marty Walz. As for Boston College, the only thing more threadbare than its Catholic identity is its institutional credibility.
“BC, a school built by and for Catholics, now stands with Planned Parenthood and a pro-abortion government against the Church and the pro-life movement. It is an unconscionable betrayal.”
BCI again commends Cardinal O’Malley for boycotting this event and for his public statement of criticism. We wish BC had rescinded their invitation and urge any local Catholics to join in the public protest on Monday if they are able to.