Catholic School Students Protest Cardinal Dolan as Commencement Speaker

After last year’s commencement kerfuffles where students protested Ayaan Hirsi Ali‘s honorary degree and Bill Maher‘s speech, my first reaction to hearing about another protest was to roll my eyes.

But I have to hand it to the students at Le Moyne College, a Catholic school in Syracuse, New York. They’re raising a fuss for all the right reasons:

Some students at Le Moyne College are angry that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York will be speaking at graduation next weekend.

There are allegations, that while Dolan was Archbishop of Milwaukee, he moved money into a fund to protect priests involved in sexual abuse scandals.

The cardinal has denied these claims, but Le Moyne students say he’s not fit to be their speaker.

You can read more about that fund for pedophile priests right here.

There’s a petition online signed by nearly 650 people — not bad for a school with only 3,500 students! Students also say they will wear purple on graduation day “to raise awareness for sexual assault.”

The administration’s reaction to the students has basically been, “Aren’t you all just adorable…” They’re ignoring the students completely:

There’s absolutely no chance that we would change our speaker moving forward. We’re proud to host Cardinal Dolan and we’re looking forward to hearing his message,” says Dr. Linda LeMura, President of Le Moyne College. “My message to our students and faculty who have expressed concern is to give the Cardinal a chance. Listen to his message of hope and love and I think he will pleasantly surprise our audience.

Yeah, hope and love from the guy who is accused of shielding pedophile priests and who believes “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” The only way he would “pleasantly surprise” the audience is by resigning in the middle of his speech.

But I love how these students — in both high school and college — are consistently showing more love and tolerance and wisdom than the people running their Catholic schools. If only the Church would learn some lessons from them.

(Image via lev radin / Shutterstock.com. Thanks to Derrik for the link)

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