Catholic University confirms Joe Biden’s visit as criticism mounts
President Biden’s City Hall on Wednesday night in Cincinnati will be held in a Catholic college – sparking protests from local anti-abortion groups and grumbling from the Archbishop of Cincinnati.
Mount St. Joseph University confirmed Tuesday that it is receiving the president for a CNN City Hall that will air Wednesday at 8 p.m.
This prompted Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati to reach out to the Sisters of Mercy who own the university; the group is also planning a protest for Wednesday evening.
The anti-abortion group said the suburban university of Cincinnati is home to “the most supportive president in US history,” and urged the public to phone the university with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati in protest.
The university was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati as the first Catholic university for women in southwest Ohio.
“The university was and is always a diverse and integrative place where people of different races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, beliefs and religions come together to discuss and share their unique perspectives,” said a statement from the school. “We look forward to bringing the Mount to prime-time televised audiences across the country.”
The Archdioceses of Cincinnati issued a statement Tuesday saying that Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr had not granted President Biden a visit to Catholic property – but Wednesday’s visit was not his calling.
The statement said Schnurr was not contacted about the visit.
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“That is why Archbishop Schnurr was neither asked for his consent to such an event in Catholic premises, nor would he have given it,” it continues. “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 is personally against abortion, but doesn’t think he should impose this position on Americans who think differently. During his presidency, he took several executive measures that were welcomed by proponents of abortion law.
His invitation to speak at the University of Notre Dame also prompted alumni 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,” an email from Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati said. “You should be ashamed of harboring a man responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent unborn lives.”
They called on Schnurr to make it clear to the region’s Catholics that “President Biden will not be a Catholic in good standing until he does everything in his power to put an end to abortion”.
The group said Biden was working to overturn restrictions on tax-funded abortions introduced by the Trump administration and directed readers to a list of Biden’s “crimes against the unborn.”
News of the venue, a small Catholic university in the hills of the conservative West Side of Cincinnati, was a closely guarded secret, despite an influx of satellite trucks on Monday outside the university’s main auditorium.
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’s voters voted for Biden 57% versus Trump’s 41%, it was a different story in Delhi Township that voted Trump 67% versus 31% ahead.
Auditor Dusty Rhodes, a Democrat and Catholic from Delhi, agreed to the right to life on social media posts. He called Biden “the most abortion-friendly president we’ve ever had”.
He said Catholic nuns who agreed to take him in were “unscrupulous”.
“Allowing the Sisters of Mercy, an alleged Catholic order, to allow them to use their facilities,” said Rhodes.
Contribution: USA Today, Jackie Borchardt