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Despite Bishop’s Disapproval, Sebelius Will Speak At Georgetown University

The Health and Human Services secretary was invited in January to address graduates of the Public Policy Institute at the Jesuit institution.

The Associated Press: Sebelius To Address Georgetown Grads Amid Flap
A planned graduation speech by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University is going forward, despite criticism from the Archdiocese of Washington that Sebelius is an inappropriate choice for the Jesuit school. The Archdiocese said in a statement Tuesday that Sebelius' actions as a public official "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history" (5/16).

The Wall Street Journal: Georgetown Defends Sebelius Invitation
Ms. Sebelius is set to speak at an awards ceremony at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute immediately after its commencement event. Students at the school said that they picked Ms. Sebelius as their speaker in January because of her career in public service (Radnofsky, 5/17).

The New York Times: New Fight On A Speaker At A Catholic University
As a two-term governor of Kansas, Ms. Sebelius was told by her bishop that she should be denied communion at Mass because of her support for abortion rights. As health secretary, she has been vilified for upholding the mandate in the health care overhaul that requires even religiously affiliated institutions to provide birth control coverage to their employees (Goodstein, 5/16).

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