Catholic university confirms Joe Biden visit as criticism escalates
President Biden’s town hall on Wednesday night in Cincinnati will be held at a Catholic college – prompting protests from local anti-abortion groups and grunts from the Archbishop of Cincinnati.
Mount St. Joseph University confirmed Tuesday that it is hosting the chairman of a CNN town hall that will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
This prompted Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati to call on people to contact the Sisters of Charity, who own the university; the group is also planning a demonstration on Wednesday evening.
The group, which opposes abortion, said suburban Cincinnati University welcomes the “most pro-abortion president in US history” and asked the public to call the university to protest with Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr.
The university was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the first Catholic university for women in southwestern Ohio.
“The university has always been and will continue to be 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,” a statement said. from school. “We look forward to bringing the Mount to prime-time television audiences nationwide.”
The Archdioceses of Cincinnati on Tuesday released a statement saying Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr would not have granted President Biden’s visit to the Catholic property – but Wednesday’s visit was not his call.
The statement says Schnurr has not been contacted about the visit.
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“Archbishop Schnurr was therefore not solicited, nor would have granted, his approval for such an event to occur in Catholic premises,” the statement continued, “Mount Saint Joseph University operates independently of the ‘Archdiocese of Cincinnati “.
Biden is the country’s second Catholic president and regularly attends mass. He says he personally opposes abortion but doesn’t think he should be forcing that position on Americans who think otherwise. He took several executive steps during his presidency that were praised by abortion rights advocates.
His invitation to speak at the University of Notre Dame also prompted former students to criticize the school, citing Biden’s “pro-abortion and anti-religious freedom agenda”. Biden declined the invitation due to a scheduling conflict.
“Tell them this is unacceptable for a Catholic university,” read an email from Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “They should be ashamed of harboring a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn innocent lives.”
They called on Schnurr to make Catholics in the region understand that “President Biden is not a Catholic in good standing until he has done everything in his power to end abortion.”
The group said Biden was working to remove restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortion put in place by the Trump administration, and referred readers to a list of “Biden’s crimes against the unborn child.” .
News of the location, a tiny Catholic university nestled in the hills of Cincinnati’s conservative West Side, was a closely guarded secret, despite an influx of satellite trucks outside the university’s main auditorium on Monday.
Mount St. Joseph University is located in Delhi Township, a community of 30,000 people 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. And while Hamilton County voters chose Biden 57% versus 41% for Trump, it was a different story in Delhi Township, which opted for Trump by a 67% to 31% margin.
Listener Dusty Rhodes, Democrat and Catholic from Delhi, agreed with Right to Life in the social media posts. He called Biden “the most pro-abortion president we’ve ever had.”
He said Catholic nuns agreeing to host him were “ineligible”.
“For the Sisters of Charity, a so-called Catholic order, allowing it to use their facilities only sends all the wrong signals,” Rhodes said.
Contribution: USA Today, Jackie Borchardt