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Catholic School to Honor Pro-Abortion Official

By Matt Abbott
Op/Ed
Catholic Online

In 2004, there was the scandal of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a Catholic institution, giving an award to strongly pro-abortion Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Despite pleas from concerned Christians and even from Francis Cardinal George, Loyola refused to cancel the award.

Well, it seems history is once again repeating itself. The Women's Council of St. Ignatius College Prep, located in the city of Chicago, will have Madigan as their featured speaker at their 7th Annual Women's Council Dinner on September 22, 2005.

Madigan once pledged to close down Illinois crisis pregnancy centers -- which she deems "phony" -- because they do not offer abortions.

Pro-lifers are urged to contact the president of St. Ignatius College Prep, the Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., to voice their concerns about the situation. Fr. Paulson's e-mail address is brian.paulson@ignatius.org. (Please be charitable.)

The mission statement of the school is as follows:

"St. Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Catholic school in the heart of Chicago, is a diverse community dedicated to educating young men and women for lives of faith, love, service and leadership. Through outstanding teaching and personal formation, the school challenges its talented student body to intellectual excellence, integrity, and life-long learning and growth. Inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ, this community strives to use God's gifts to promote social justice for the greater glory of God."

The school's website is www.ignatius.org.

For those who reside in the Chicago area, the Pro-Life Action League is planning a protest of the event. The League can be contacted via its website, www.prolifeaction.org.

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(Matt C. Abbott is the former executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee and the former director of public affairs for the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League. He is a Catholic journalist and commentator. He can be reached at mattcabbott@hotmail.com)

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