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Controversial Professor to Lecture on ‘Prophetic Rhetoric’ at Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., will be hosting Boston College’s controversial law and theology professor Cathleen Kaveny to speak about "Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square,” according to the Holy Cross website.

The lecture was originally scheduled to take place this month but inclement weather forced the college to reschedule the event in April.

Kaveny recently left the University of Notre Dame to join the faculty at Boston College.  The Irish Rover reported that, during a Princeton University conference on abortion in 2010, Kaveny said, “I do not believe [the mother] has an obligation to provide support to the unborn if pregnancy impose sa significant burden on her health or if she was raped.”

“Committed Christians often feel caught between two obligations,” Kaveny explained on the Holy Cross website. “On the one hand, we experience a call to speak prophetically, calling attention to moral scandals in our society. On the other hand is the conflicting demand to speak politely and respectfully, taking into account the concerns and needs of those who disagree.”

The upcoming lecture will be sponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross which, according to its website, “supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality, and mutual obligation.”

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