Faithful America Petition Delivered to Catholic Bishop Opposed to Vicki Kennedy Speech
Yesterday morning, representatives of Catholic Democrats delivered a Faithful America petition with over 20,000 signatures to the Diocese of Worcester calling for Bishop Robert McManus to reverse his decision and let Vicki Kennedy speak at Anna Maria College.
Kennedy, the wife of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, was originally scheduled to be the Catholic college’s commencement speaker this year, but her invitation was rescinded after pressure from Bishop McManus — who has refused to offer examples of his objections or even meet with Mrs. Kennedy.
Bishop McManus’s actions stand in stark contrast to the approach taken by his colleague Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who has made no attempt to prevent Mrs. Kennedy from speaking at the commencement ceremonies of Boston College Law School next month.
Perhaps that’s because Cardinal O’Malley has seen firsthand the kind of ugliness this Catholic witch-hunting leads too. When the Cardinal chose to preside over Sen. Kennedy’s funeral in 2009, he was attacked by right-wing Catholics and organizations who wanted to use the tragedy to advance culture war fights about abortion. His response, calling for more civility among Catholics, is just as appropriate today.