Some Catholics are upset that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to give a commencement address May 18 at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, wrote a letter urging Georgetown to rescind the invitation to the former Kansas governor, calling it “scandalous and outrageous that America’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly ‘pro-choice’ Catholic.” The letter mentioned Sebelius’ role in mandating that most employers cover birth control under the health reform law – a mandate since altered to try to accommodate religiously affiliated employers. The University of Notre Dame drew similar flak when President Obama addressed the graduating class of 2009.
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