Bishop McManus Responds to Faithful America Petitions
After representatives from Catholic Democrats delivered Faithful America’s petition with over 20,000 signatures to the Catholic diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, this week, Bishop Robert McManus issued the following statement:
“While I recognize that there are those who do not agree with Anna Maria’s decision to disinvite Mrs. Kennedy as its commencement speaker, I continue to stand behind the concerns which I shared with Dr. Jack Calareso, the college’s president, last March. As such, I support the public statement of the College’s Board of Trustees that ‘the invitation be withdrawn in the best interest of all parties and most importantly the students which will be graduating.’”
Unfortunately, Bishop McManus continues to refuse to articulate what exactly those concerns are. A diocese spokesperson vaguely referred to concerns about Kennedy’s “positions on pro-choice versus pro-life and the sanctity of marriage” but could not relay any specific examples, and the bishop refused Mrs. Kennedy’s offer to meet with him to discuss the issue.