A group of Catholic college professors sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, ahead of his speech at Catholic University’s spring commencement.
The professors were critical of Boehner, a Catholic, saying that the Speaker’s record when it comes to legislation that addresses the needs of the poor “is among the worst in Congress.”
The professors specifically note the 2012 budget that Boehner helped pass, which they say “guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society.” They cite two Catholic bishops who, on behalf of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops, detailed the “anti-life implications” of the budget. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
On tonight’s edition of Currents, Francesca Maximé (who is back with us for the next couple of days while Matt is away) spoke with Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University. Dr. Schneck is among the list of people who signed the letter.
During the interview, Francesca asked him why the signers were not calling for Boehner to not speak at Catholic U, as critics of President Obama did ahead of his speech at the University of Notre Dame’s spring commencement back in 2009. Schneck said that, while he is pro-life and against abortion, he supported allowing the President (who is in favor of abortion rights) to speak at Notre Dame (which he did) and that Boehner should be given the same opportunity at Catholic U.
We also reached out to John Boehner’s office and they sent us this statement:
From a Boehner spokesman, “The Speaker will be delivering a personal, non-political message at the Catholic University of America that he hopes will speak to all members of the graduating class, regardless of their backgrounds or affiliations. He is deeply honored to have been invited by CUA to address the school’s graduating class, and is looking forward to receiving an honorary degree from the only Catholic college in our country that is chartered by Catholic bishops.”
Be sure to check out tonight’s edition of Currents for complete coverage of this, including our entire interview with Stephen Schneck.
— Christopher Iasiello, Currents Writer/Producer
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