Published Saturday, April 13, 2019






The Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart
P.O. Box 505
Fairfield, PA 17320


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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. 

We would like the University to rescind its commencement honor invitation to Mr. Shriver.

 Concerned Students and Clergy of Mt. St. Mary's University


Click here to sign petition

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."

 Ethan Bald


The Position of the Cardinal Newman Society?.....

"...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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