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Pro-abortion Jesuit to speak at Villanova University

By Matt Abbott

If I had a dollar for every time a pro-abortion, left-wing politician or entertainer has been invited to speak at a supposedly Catholic institution of "higher learning," I might be richer than Mel Gibson!

Well, that's stretching things a bit; but assenting, informed Catholics know exactly what I mean.

Yet another case in point:

Father Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest and former Democratic congressman, will be speaking at Villanova University on September 21, 2004. Drinan, according to Catholic historian James Hitchcock, "bears heavy responsibility for making the Democratic Party the party of abortion."


Concerned Catholics can contact:

Rev. Edmund Dobbin, OSA
Tolentine Hall
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Barbara Wall
Office of Mission Effectiveness
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

On a positive note, I received the following news release from Catholic Citizens of Illinois (

"Responding to Pope John Paul II's call for Catholic men and women to become engaged in the public defense of the Faith, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, Inc. has announced a radio ad campaign to be aired during October 2004, highlighting Catholic teaching as it relates to faithful citizenship and voting.

"Thirty-second radio spots have been created and will run in Illinois and in several Midwestern states where there are large Catholic populations.

"'This is the largest campaign we have ever mounted,' said CCI president Mary Anne Hackett. In previous election years, the group took out ads in Illinois newspapers which included quotes from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Vatican, and the Catholic Catechism. 'Our ads appeared in over two million individual newspapers in prior years,' said Mrs. Hackett. 'By our estimation, the radio ads we are placing will be repeatedly broadcast in markets that will allow us to reach as many as 25 million listeners'....

"The text of the radio spots will vary on different stations, but the message is that for years, pro-abortion and gay 'rights' Catholic politicians have been asking for the votes of Catholic men and women. This year, for the first time, the bishops have firmly stated that pro-abortion politicians, and the voters who put them in office, participate directly in the evil of abortion. The radio ads conclude by encouraging Catholic voters not to leave their Catholic faith behind when they go into the voting booth, because their vote is a matter of life or death...."



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