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Sacred Heart University Picks Pro-Abortion Heretic for Commencement Speech: Join Protest

Instead of seeking a commencement speaker who loves Catholic teaching, Sacred Heart University has booked a pro-abortion nun notorious for betraying Church doctrine. Sister Simone Campbell – of Nuns on the Bus notoriety – will be giving the commencement address for Sacred Heart University’s class of 2024 on May 11.

Take Action: Tell Sacred Heart University to Disinvite Sr. Simone Campbell

There are compelling reasons why Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, should reverse course and not host the dissident nun at its 2024 commencement ceremonies.

1. Sister Campbell insults the Holy Spirit

Sister Simone Campbell claims she cares about “social justice.” However, she favors perhaps the greatest injustice of all time: the sin of abortion.

Sister Campbell spoke at the 2017 Women’s March, a radical and vulgar pro-abortion march sponsored by Planned Parenthood and dozens of pro-homosexual groups. On that occasion, Sister Campbell shared the same podium as Cecile Richards, then president of Planned Parenthood, and Angela Davis, a self-avowed communist.

Sister Campbell addressed the anti-family event in Washington, D.C., with a blasphemous innuendo against the Holy Spirit, suggesting that God inspired the pro-abortion march: “They say that we were gathered in one place: frightened, afraid to go out, and then a mighty wind came, a mighty wind that stirred the hearts and lifted the courage and let people know we are not alone, we are together.” (Source: Network, Jan 21, 2017)

2. Sister Campbell is pro-abortion

During the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Sister Campbell was interviewed by Democracy Now. “From my perspective,” she said, “I don’t think it’s a good policy to outlaw abortion.” (Source: Democracy Now! podcast, July 28, 2016)

In a 2020 interview with the Catholic News Agency, Sister Campbell claimed ignorance on the clear-cut topic of abortion. When asked about her organization’s stance on protecting the unborn, she said: “It is above my pay grade.” Adding: “[Abortion is] not the issue that we work on. I'm a lawyer. I would have to study it more intensely than I have.” (Source: CNA, Aug. 20, 2020)

Take Action: Tell Sacred Heart University to Disinvite Sr. Simone Campbell

3. Sister Campbell is pro-homosexual

Under Sister Campbell’s leadership, Network released a statement celebrating the homosexual movement. “Happy Pride Month!” the group’s statement begins. “Especially this month, as the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride, and moving forward, NETWORK wants to make it clear that we welcome and affirm all members of the LGBTQ+ community.” (Source: Network, June 13, 2018)

Sister Campbell’s organization, Network, published a statement by Sister Jeannine Gramick, a pro-homosexual nun who was officially silenced by the Vatican in 1999. “NETWORK is thrilled to celebrate Pride Month with New Ways Ministry,” the article reads.

The article celebrates the destruction of Catholic morality in academia. “On Catholic college campuses, the growth in LGBT equality has been even greater. Schools are establishing gender-neutral bathrooms and dorm policies. Courses in LGBT history, theology, and spirituality are increasing.” (Source: Network, June 28, 2018)

4. Sister Campbell and women priests

Contradicting Our Lord’s plan for the priesthood, Sister Simone Campbell wrote a heretical article in TIME calling for the ordination of women priests. “It’s time that we acknowledge that women are already serving priestly roles, and that the church benefits from women’s service and perspective,” she stated.

“I’m optimistic that women will be able to serve as priests one day,” she continued. “But it will happen through practice. First we need to change the system so that it is more about the service that Pope Francis describes.”

Sister Campbell’s Marxist-feminist tone is apparent: “…women can help change the idea of the privileged status that many of our ordained priests have.” (Source: TIME, Sept. 19, 2015).

5. Sister Simone spurns Vatican authority

As early as 2012, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned about the errors of radical feminism propagated by Network and its umbrella organization, the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR).

In the Vatican assessment of LCWR, Cardinal William Levada noted a “prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith in some of the programs and presentations sponsored by the LCWR, including theological interpretations that risk distorting faith in Jesus and his loving Father who sent his Son for the salvation of the world. Moreover, some commentaries on ‘patriarchy’ distort the way in which Jesus has structured sacramental life in the Church; others even undermine the revealed doctrines of the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the inspiration of Sacred Scripture.” (Source: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Vatican “released a report that found discrepancies between basic Catholic doctrine and the teaching and actions of the LCWR, particularly on the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion, and ordered the LCWR to revise its statutes. [Sister] Campbell rejected the report and argued that the sisters’ work for social justice actually manifested their fidelity to the gospel.” (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

6. Sister Campbell and Liberation Theology

Liberation Theology is toxic for its subversive, Marxist-friendly interpretation of the Gospels. However, Sister Campbell expressed her support for the erroneous doctrine.

“…in the ’80s I was totally enamored of liberation theology,” she said. “I thought it was fabulous. It was wonderful. It fit my thing. But then I realized, ‘Holy moly, I live in the first world. And the reason why third world Latin America needs liberation theology is because of our first world oppression.’” (Source: On Being, June 11, 2015)

Join the prayerful protest today!

For the reasons above, Sister Simone Campbell should not be a commencement speaker. She is not a role model for Catholic students and graduates but rather a source of scandal and revolt against God and Holy Mother Church.

Join TFP Student Action’s peaceful protest. Urge Sacred Heart University to sponsor a commencement speaker who follows the law of God and faithfully represents the timeless truths of the Catholic Church and Her consistent moral teaching.

Take Action: Tell Sacred Heart University to Disinvite Sr. Simone Campbell