BOSTON (AP) — Cardinal Sean O’Malley skipped Boston College’s commencement Monday because of the involvement of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supports a bill in his country that would allow abortion.
A few dozen protesters, some playing bagpipes, demonstrated at the college during the morning graduation ceremony. They held signs with messages that included: “Boston College Keep Your Pro Life Values.”
Kenny was addressing undergraduates and accepting an honorary degree from the Jesuit-run college.
He has said the proposed legislation simply clarifies when a doctor can perform an abortion to save a woman’s life. But Catholic bishops have said it would greatly expand abortion, particularly by permitting it in certain cases when a woman threatens suicide.
The leader of the Boston Archdiocese traditionally gives the benediction at the college’s ceremony. O’Malley called abortion a “crime against humanity” and said he decided not to attend the ceremony, because Boston College…
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