Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, made it clear that Senator Hillary Clinton was not welcome at St. Mary’s University because of her support for abortion rights and stem-cell-research. He apparently was responding to numerous emails and phone complaints about Clinton’s appearance at the local university. The Archbishop was upset at lack of contact from university officials concerning her talk. “I was neither advised nor consulted by the university before the decision was made to have Senator Clinton speak at the university.”
St. Mary’s University is an independent liberal arts college and there is no reason why it must clear the names of speakers with an archbishop. It is the duty of universities to offer an open forum to speakers holding diverse views. A Catholic university that allows abortion supporters is not “giving a platform” for abortion, it is allowing students the right to make informed choices.