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Georgetown’s Invite to Sebelius at Commencement Called ‘Insult to Catholics

Group says Sebelius speech at Georgetown ‘insulting’ to Catholics
By Sam Baker, The Hill – 05/07/12 11:09 AM ET

Georgetown University is facing criticism from some Catholics for inviting Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius to give a commencement address.

The Cardinal Newman Society, an organization focused on Catholic universities, called the invitation “scandalous and outrageous,” given Sebelius’s involvement in the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate.

The organization launched a new website — — and is collecting signatures for a petition asking Georgetown President John DeGioia to rescind the invitation. Sebelius is slated to address graduates of Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute later this month.

“Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor,” the Cardinal Newman Society said in a letter to DeGioia. “The selection is especially insulting to faithful Catholics and their bishops, who are engaged in the fight for religious liberty and against abortion. The contrast is stark between Georgetown University and those faithful Catholic colleges and universities that have stood for faith and freedom.”