Catholic School Had No Business Inviting Sen. Clinton, Pro-Life Group Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group says some of its members will protest outside a Catholic college in Buffalo, N.Y., where Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is scheduled to give a lecture on Monday afternoon.

"By allowing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton a platform at a Catholic institution, officials at Canisius College in Buffalo are clearly defying instructions the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued last June in Denver," said American Life League President Judie Brown.

"The bishops stated unequivocally that 'Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.'

The American Life League is urging Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo to remind the administration of Canisius College, a Jesuit institution, "that hosting a pro-abortion speaker such as Sen. Clinton is simply not in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church."

The American Life League says Sen. Clinton's "entire career has been characterized by complete defiance toward the Church's stance on the sanctity of innocent human life. Her repeated statements that Roe v. Wade should remain the law of the land illustrate how fundamentally opposed she is to the Catholic Church on this most basic of civil rights."

Although Sen. Clinton was not discussing abortion at Canisius College, the American Life League said it doesn't matter - because she is an abortion advocate, she should not be given a public platform at that school or any other Catholic institution.

"The invitation to Sen. Clinton should have never been issued," Brown said, adding, "it's not too late to rescind that invitation and show Canisius students that the Catholic faith cannot be compromised."

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