Mass. Bishop Stands Firm on Kennedy Widow Invite
By Bronislaus B. Kush, Telegran & Gazette Staff
WORCESTER — Bishop Robert J. McManus said yesterday that he will not ask Anna Maria College to reconsider its decision to withdraw its commencement speaking invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy.
The liberal arts school in Paxton disinvited Mrs. Kennedy, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, after the bishop told Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso that he had concerns about her positions on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues.
The bishop, who thought the school should have chosen a speaker more closely attuned to Catholic social teachings, told Anna Maria that he would not attend the May 19 commencement exercises if Mrs. Kennedy spoke and received an honorary degree in public administration.