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Pro-abortion, gay rights Catholic and Attorney General Lisa Madigan is Banned from appearing at Catholic schools!

10/2/2005 8:04:00 PM by Derrick Blakley - CBS News

(CBS) CHICAGO - It's not unusual for local politicians to visit classrooms. But it is unusual to see, what amounts to a ban.


CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports that politicians on one side of the abortion debate are not welcome in Chicago Catholic schools.


Attorney General Lisa Madigan is both Catholic and a strong supporter of abortion rights, which the church opposes. That's why she's been quietly banned from appearing at Chicago's Catholic schools, a move pro-life groups support.


The role of the catholic school is to teach the faith, and if they compromise the faith, they might as well go out of business, said Mary Anne Hackett with Catholic Citizens of Illinois.


CBS 2 news learned that Archdiocese officials directed principals not to invite Madigan to their schools, a policy in line with a 2004 statement by Catholic bishops. It says, "Those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles...should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."


If these kinds of steps had been taken quite a few years ago, and consistently done, probably the landscape where we are now would look a lot different, said William Beckman of the Illinois Right to Life Committee.


Last year, Loyola's law school presented an award to Madigan. Cardinal Francis George asked the school to withdraw it. Loyola refused.


Just last week, Madigan was a featured speaker at St. Ignatius College Prep, again angering pro-life groups.


I'm wondering if the administrators are more interested in promoting the Democratic Party than the Catholic faith, said Hackett.


Liberal Catholics worry the archdiocese will draw the line on abortion while ignoring other political positions that may violate catholic teaching on war, the death penalty or labor rights.


The Archdiocese insists its not singling out Madigan, saying her name was only used as an example in a conversation with principals. But it confirms the policy is in place, and could apply to many other politicians as well.



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