In their 2004 Statement on Catholics in Political Life, the nations' bishops had this to say: "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."
The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County is preparing to act in defiance of the bishops, not to mention in defiance of decency, common sense and God's laws regarding human life. On Friday, Sept 12, the featured speaker at their monthly breakfast will be Mark Shriver - unless of course the light of reason shines upon them and they rescind that invitation. Here's a picture of their main web page - just in case that invitation gets (ahem!) "disappears" from that site.
My church bulletin alerted me to this. Unfortunately that bulletin is not online yet. The advertisement (most likely submitted by CBN) gave a glowing account of his political career and the book that Shriver wrote about his father. Conveniently missing from that write-up is the unabashed support that Shriver has lent to abortion while in Annapolis. In his failed bid for US Congress, he ran on a pro-abortion platform. Even as he was touting his book on his father, he did not apologize for the fact that he took issue with his father's pro-life convictions.
As the bishops made clear in 2004, the CBN acted in appropriately by inviting Shriver to speak at their Catholic community. Here is the contact information from their website and more contacts. Please contact these individuals. Politely but firmly insist that the invitation to Shriver be rescinded. Please spread this word.
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