Those who follow The Motley Monk might recall an April post in The American Catholic—“What’s A Bishop To Do?
In that post, The Motley Monk discussed how academic administrators at Anna Maria College (AMC)—a small Catholic college located in the Diocese of Worcester (MA) and having close ties to the Diocese—had withdrawn their invitation to the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, Victoria, to deliver the institution’s 2012 commencement speech. The invitation was withdrawn due to the opposition of Bishop Robert J. McManus, who cited Kennedy’s moral views that conflict with Roman Catholic teaching.
For those who thought the story would end there, they thought wrong.
Ensuing controversy over the withdrawal of the invitation to Kennedy is now threatening to mar the event. Rumors persist that protesters might demonstrate.
Think of the threat as “Occupy Anna Maria.”
Apparently, the threat has AMC’s President, Jack Calareso, and the Chairwoman of the AMC’s Board of Trustees, Sister Yvette Bellerose, so concerned that, according to The Boston Globe, they recently met at the diocesan offices and politely disinvited Bishop McManus, claiming “the bishop would be a distraction to the event.”
A spokesman for Bishop McManus said: “He was going to attend, but that’s not going to happen now.”
AMC’s academic administrators subsequently issued a statement indicating that the relationship between AMC and the Diocese of Worcester “remains strong.” In addition, they promise “the two organizations will continue to work together with respect and collegiality to advance the goals and values of quality Catholic education.”
In the world of the politics of Catholic higher education, The Motley Monk would observe, those words are the refrain for the hit tune “Tit for Tat.”
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