While it is always tempting to cozy up to powerful graduates, Loyola University in New Orleans might have done better on the occasion of celebrations for the Jesuit institution’s 100th anniversary to avoid singling out for praise a prominent “pro-choice” graduate.
Loyola notes in its official anniversary announcement:
"Loyola has been nurturing the social and intellectual milieu of the community for the last 100 years,” said Jesuit Father Gregory Lucey, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. That impact is especially potent when Loyola graduates move into positions of power, such as Xavier University President Norman Francis, former state Supreme Court Justice Pascal Calogero, former Mayor Moon Landrieu and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Lucey said. “It makes a difference in the culture of a community, the social awareness and good public policy of a community,” he said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, also a former lieutenant governor, had a “pro-choice” voting record when serving in the Louisiana state legislature. When Loyola honored the Landrieu family at commencement exercises in 2005, former New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes skipped the event, citing the “pro-choice” positions of Mitch Landrieu and his sister, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
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