For graduation ceremonies in May, many Catholic colleges and universities will bring what Blessed John Paul II would refer to as a “springtime” for Christianity in their choice of commencement speakers.
Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, has seen the number of controversial and blatantly scandalous speakers drop from 24 in 2006 to 14 last year.
“Certainly, the numbers are going down, which is very good,” Reilly said. He believes one reason is from a real assertive effort by the bishops to ban these honors, beginning with their 2004 directive “Catholics in Political Life.”
A sampling of 2012 commencement speakers shows that colleges faithful to the Church and...READ MORE