Last night, Georgetown University presented pro-abortion Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, whose bishop recently barred him from Holy Communion, with an award for devoting “his life to the core Jesuit value of service to others.”
Georgetown President John J. DeGioia presented Durbin with the Jesuit university’s “Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award for exemplary public service.”
This award is “conferred upon Georgetown alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to his/her profession or community in support of humanitarian causes,” according to the University.
Durbin received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Georgetown.
“I am humbled to be in the company of so many who have spent their lives in the service of others,” Durbin said in a press release. “Father Pedro Arrupe challenged all alumni of Jesuit schools to engage in the struggle for justice on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society. I have tried to meet that challenge during my time in office and am honored to be recognized by my fellow Georgetown alumni.”
“This is a smack in the face of our Catholic identity and values,” Michael Khan, a senior at Georgetown and the former President of Georgetown Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews.
Khan, the co-director of the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University, said, “Calling Senator Durbin, one of the most pro-abortion members of the United States Senate, a ‘humanitarian’ is an absolute disgrace.”
During his time in office, Durbin has repeatedly voted in favor of abortion on demand. He, along with 14 other Catholic senators, recently voted in favor of late-term abortion. It was this that led his ordinary, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, to tell him in accordance with canon law that he may not receive Holy Communion unless he repents.
Durbin votes for and publicly advocates against more Catholic moral teachings than just abortion. He is a strong supporter of same-sex “marriage”; the pro-gay Human Rights Campaign gives him 100% on their scorecard. He also earned a 100% from abortion lobby group NARAL.
Durbin has said anyone can be a Democrat as long as they support abortion – and that Democrats who “personally” oppose abortion need to keep that view to themselves.
In its press release, Georgetown praised Durbin for authoring “groundbreaking health care, immigration and gun-control legislation” and “landmark legislation” that banned smoking on commercial flights.
Full story at LifeSiteNews.