Pro-abortion rights MSNBC host Chris Matthews delivered a lecture last night at the University of San Francisco (USF) on “public service, faith, and the current political landscape,” according to the Jesuit University’s website.
He was joined by Auxiliary Bishop Bob McElroy of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
No video of the event is yet available but Matthews, in the past, who has been described as a "devout Catholic," has publicly come out in favor of abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage.
In speaking about the Church's stance on marriage, Matthews once said, "If you're really anti-gay, you become a Catholic now."
Matthews has compared efforts to regulate the practice of abortion to Jim Crow laws that enacted literacy tests in the South aimed at preventing African Americans from voting.
Matthews reportedly told pro-life Republican Ken Blackwell that if pro-lifers want "to stop the number of abortions in this country," then one step would be to "help people get birth control procedures available to them."
Speaking of the rights of the unborn, Matthews reportedly said, "Pursuit is a word, an active verb. I don't think you'd associate that with a fetus. And certainly liberty is a word you would apply to people who are alive and born. I don't know what it means to say an unborn person has liberty. I don't even know how the Constitution, you could possibly catch up in its original intent to what these people are talking about."
Matthews also reportedly compared pro-lifers to terrorists.
In 2003, when Matthews was honored at commencement ceremonies at both The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, Worcester Bishop Daniel P. Reilly and Scranton Bishop James Timlin boycotted the ceremonies.
In its description of the event, USF touted Matthews as “Jesuit educated.”
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