Georgetown University to Welcome HHS Mandate Promoter Kathleen Sebelius

By TFP Student Action   
May 10, 2012
Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius
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The oldest Catholic university in America has invited a top pro-abortion politician, Kathleen Sebelius, to speak at its graduation awards ceremony on May 18.  She will be a “great inspiration to our students,” promised Judy Feder, professor at Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute. (see link)

In the wake of the unjust Obama/HHS mandate, however, the scandalous invitation is like a deliberate poke in the eye to Catholics.  

After all, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is responsible for unleashing a fierce persecution against the freedom of the Church – the Obamacare mandate – which forces Catholic individuals and institutions to violate non-negotiable moral principles and pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.  

This unprecedented attack has been strongly denounced by every U. S. Catholic Bishop.  In short, our Catholic shepherds have said:  “We cannot – we will not comply with this unjust law.”

Therefore, TFP Student Action is urging its members to sign a prayerful online message of concern to Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, whose Congregation is charged with the oversight of Catholic institutions of higher learning.

Sebelius’ Pro-Abortion Record

Georgetown can hardly pretend to ignore Sebelius’ public and notorious pro-abortion record.  While Governor of Kansas, she repeatedly blocked life-saving legislation aimed to curtail late-term abortions.  

When she was appointed to the Cabinet, the abortion industry celebrated. “She is an excellent choice,” declared Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Archbishop Naumann
Thankfully, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann took measures to withhold Holy Communion from Sebelius in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph.  His 2009 statement explains why:

"... Because of her long history both as a legislator and Governor of consistently supporting legalized abortion and after many months of dialogue, I requested Governor Sebelius not to present herself for communion. 

"I did this in the hope that it would motivate Governor Sebelius to reconsider her support for what is an intrinsic evil – the destruction of innocent human life by abortion. I also took this pastoral action to protect others from being misled by the Governor’s public support and advocacy for legalized abortion.”


Cardinal Raymond Burke

Cardinal Burke
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, also expressed concern. 

In 2009, the then Archbishop said Sebelius’ appointment was a “source of the greatest embarrassment because she has publicly and repeatedly betrayed her Catholic faith, in the most fundamental tenet of the moral law, that is, the law to safeguard and foster human life from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death.”

Departing yet further from Catholic moral teaching, more recently, Sebelius joined Dan Savage’s pro-homosexual “It Gets Better Project” and recorded a public video message in support of “LGBT youth.”

Sign & send your message to the Vatican here -- NOW

A copy of your petition to the Vatican will also be forwarded to Dr. John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.

This controversy is bigger than Georgetown – it’s about the future and freedom of the Catholic Church in America.  

Useful contact information (please be polite):

Congregation for Catholic Education
Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P.
3 Piazza Pio XII
00193 Vatican
Italy

Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia, President
3700 O St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone:  (202) 687-4134
Fax: (202) 687-6660
Secretary’s email:  [email protected]

Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Edward Montgomery, Dean
3700 O St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (202) 687-7051