Catholic university braces for protests at Biden’s CNN town hall with Don Lemon after archbishop suggested the event would NOT go ahead due to his pro-abortion stance
- Anti-abortion group Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati holds a protest at Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic university, for hosting Joe Biden
- They are furious with the school for hosting Biden despite his pro-choice stance
- Right to Life has accused Biden of ‘responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn lives’ on a page promoting their demonstration
- The Archbishop of Cincinnati was not consulted about the event by Biden and CNN
- The local archdiocese made it clear that the official would not have agreed
- The university is not under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, but rather a relatively liberal order of nuns called Sisters of Charity
- Biden has already clashed with Catholic officials amid pressure from bishops to block politicians with views like Biden’s from receiving communion
Anti-abortion groups express outrage at a Catholic university in Cincinnati’s decision to host Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, in front of a CNN City Hall with Don Lemon (pictured here attending mass in Delaware on July 10)
Catholic Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio is bracing for fierce protests tonight after agreeing to host President Joe Biden in front of a CNN town hall hosted by Don Lemon, even as the local archbishop expressed his dismay.
According to the group’s website, the anti-abortion group Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is holding a demonstration at the college an hour before Biden’s 8:00 p.m. invitation event.
On a page promoting the protest, the group accuses Biden of bearing “responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn lives” over its pro-abortion stance and is targeting Mount Saint Joseph as its host.
The university receives a president who claims to be Catholic, yet has the most pro-abortion administration in our country’s history? Biden lifts all Trump administration restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortion,” the statement read.
“In addition, the administration has made no secret of their desire for a federal abortion mandate.”
Related groups such as Ohio Right to Life encouraged support for the protest on Twitter.
Biden, the second Catholic after John F. Kennedy to serve as president, has come under fire from conservative Catholic groups and some bishops for his support of abortion and same-sex marriage. They regard those views as incompatible with Church teaching.
Greater Cincinnati’s Right to Life holds a demonstration at Mount St. Joseph University on the night of Biden’s town hall, about his pro-choice and pro-gay marriage stances. Another local anti-abortion group seems to be encouraging people to join
Mount St. Joseph University is run by the Sisters of Charity, a relatively liberal order of nuns
Biden is a devout Catholic but has faced backlash from bishops who say his political ideals are incompatible with Church doctrine (pictured here at Mass in Delaware on June 19)
Right to Life asked Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to “stop this event” in an email obtained by Fox 19.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati made it clear that the Catholic official was not consulted about the Presidential City Hall.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Archbishop Dennis Schnurr was not consulted about City Hall, but added that he would not have authorized “such an event on Catholic grounds” (March 2013 photo)
“Archbishop Schnurr has therefore not been asked, nor would he have given, to allow such an event to take place on Catholic grounds,” the archdiocese’s statement reads. “Mount St. Joseph University operates under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Charity and not under the direct supervision of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.”
Some bishops want to block politicians with views like Biden’s from receiving Communion, though Biden downplayed the controversy last month. Asked about the matter, he said: “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
About two-thirds of American Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to receive communion, according to a March Pew Research Center survey, but a majority of Republican Catholics said his pro-abortion stance should disqualify him.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is home to more than 44,000 Catholics.
Pat Crowley, a university spokesperson, said the event at City Hall would go according to plan.
The university, which has about 2,000 students, is run by the Sisters of Charity, a relatively liberal order of nuns.
“The university has always been a diverse and inclusive place where people of different races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, beliefs and religions can come together to discuss and share their unique perspectives,” the university said in a statement.