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The Foundation of the Sorrowful Heart is encouraging individuals to prayerfully consider signing the petition to MSM University Administration to rescind the commencement address honor invitation of Mr. Mark Shriver. To go forward with this would seem to be quite disrespectful to Our Lady at the Center of Her Immaculate Heart here in Emmitsburg.
To the Board and Administration of Mount St. Mary's University:
Mount St. Mary's University has invited Mark Shriver to be the
2019 commencement speaker at graduation this year, and he will be awarded an
honorary doctorate of humane letters. Mark Shriver is the CEO of Save the
Children Action Network, an organization that promotes "family
planning" that is in coordination with pro-abortion legislation and "sexuality
education" that promotes contraception and other teachings contrary to
the Catholic Church's stance on sexuality, marriage, and the dignity of human
life. He was a pro-abortion rights politician for the Maryland House of
Delegates, and received a 100% rating by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. As
Catholics who are devoted to the Church's teaching and respect Mr. Shriver's
beliefs; but we do not believe we are to honor him as a role model for the
graduating class of 2019. We, the current students, alumni, and supporters of
Mount St. Mary's University, do not believe that Mr. Shriver properly
exemplifies the type of ethical leadership that we embody as a Catholic
university. Through our Catholic liberal arts education, we are taught that
life begins at conception and ends at natural death, a concept that Mr.
Shriver publicly disputes. Though we respect Mr. Shriver's principals, we do
not believe the Mount should be honoring and giving him a platform for his
unethical foundational beliefs.
Concerned Students and Clergy of Mt. St. Mary's University
A Disappointed Petition Signee: "I was considering the Mount for college because it was a Catholic University. However, if this person is allowed to speak, and receive an honorary doctorate, then I’m going to take my education and money somewhere else. Perhaps I’ll go to a real Catholic University."
"...The Newman Society urges all faithful Catholics to pray for a change of heart at Mount St. Mary’s University and the avoidance of scandal, which contradicts and undermines the purpose of Catholic education...."
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