The redemption of Enda Kenny

Less than two years after he blasted the Vatican over its failures to protect children from abusive priests — or help investigate the crimes — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will receive an honorary degree from Boston College. Are bygones bygones?

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Pro-Tutu petitions flood Gonzaga

(RNS) After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker's invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, supporters of the anti-apartheid hero responded with 11,000 signatures of their own. By Tracy Simmons.

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Commencement wars heat up with Ted Kennedy’s widow

(RNS) A small Catholic college in Massachusetts has been pressured by the local bishop into cancelling an invitation to Sen. Ted Kennedy's widow to deliver the school's commencement address because of her support of abortion rights and gay marriage. By David Gibson.