- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Students at a Catholic university in New York have launched a petition urging administrators to disinvite Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, as the school’s commencement speaker.

A petition on Change.org accuses Cardinal Dolan, who is scheduled as the commencement speaker Sunday at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, of making homophobic comments and being complicit in sexual violence, the Daily Caller reported.

“Over the years, Cardinal Dolan has been involved with sexual abuse scandals dealing with clergy of the church, homophobic comments and does not represent the ideals we have come to know Le Moyne to represent,” the petition reads. “With the growing attention toward sexual assault on the Le Moyne campus, students have felt that keeping Cardinal Dolan as commencement speaker completely opposes what we have advocated against.

“We have walked the halls of Le Moyne for the Black Lives that Matter, we have held vigils for the Muslim students gunned down in Chapel Hill and much more,” it continues. “We have always come together in hard times. Do not stop now. Stand strong, sign and keep it going.”

The petition, which currently has 627 signatures, fails to elaborate on any specific examples of wrongdoing by Cardinal Dolan.

Le Moyne President Linda LeMura said there’s “absolutely no chance” the school will change the commencement speaker.

“We’re proud to host Cardinal Dolan and we’re looking forward to hearing his message,” she said. “My message to our students and faculty who have expressed concern is to give the Cardinal a chance. Listen to his message of hope and love and I think he will pleasantly surprise our audience.”

The petition’s organizers said they plan to hold a silent protest on graduation day, the Daily Caller reported.

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