Bishop Bambera Objects to U. of S. Speaker

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There is some controversy brewing in Scranton.

The University of Scranton has invited a speaker to be a part of a women and politics forum at the end of the month.

The guest speaker is a former member of the United States House of Representatives and has focused on issues affecting women from abortion to health care.

Since the guest speaker is pro-choice, the bishop of the Diocese of Scranton asked that her invitation be withdrawn.

The university refused.

That sparked this statement Friday from Bishop Joseph Bambera:

“For a Catholic institution in the Diocese of Scranton to invite a pro-abortion advocate to speak at a university-sponsored event is dismaying and personally disheartening to me. And to do so within days of the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. is particularly demoralizing.”

The university responded with this statement:

“Speakers for this university event are experts chosen to provide women with information about the challenges of politics; they are not chosen to engage in a discussion of abortion. By inviting these speakers to campus, the university is not endorsing their personal views.”