According to the Cardinal Newman Society:
On September 3, 2009, Georgetown University, a Jesuit, Catholic institution in Washington, D.C., plans to bestow upon AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, despite his organization’s advocacy for homosexual “marriage” and laws mandating employee insurance coverage for contraceptives.
“The Catholic bishops have made it abundantly clear that Catholic universities are not to publicly honor leading opponents of Catholic moral principles,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). “We strongly urge Georgetown to uphold its Catholic mission and rescind the honor to John Sweeney.”
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia, on August 24, issued an e-mail invitation to all faculty, staff and students of Georgetown’s law school “to attend the ceremony for the conferral of the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, upon John J. Sweeney,” president of the AFL-CIO.
In March 2009, the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), the largest federation of trade unions in the U.S., unanimously called on the California Supreme Court to invalidate Proposition 8, which amended that state’s constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The AFL-CIO constituency group Pride at Work has repeatedly promoted homosexual “marriage” and hailed laws in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in the face of strong opposition from the Catholic Church.
So much for he call by the Archbishop for Catholic institutions to work with him.
Not a word of condemnation by the Archbishop on this, nor did I see anything from the Catholic Standard.