Students petition university to cancel archbishop’s speech

Houston Chronicle

Cardinal not wanted after his role in handling sex abuse allegations

By Lindsay Ellis
April 27, 2017

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York since 2009, will speak at the University of St. Thomas’ May commencement ceremony despite student calls for the university to reconsider.

Students say they are concerned about Dolan’s role in handling sexual abuse allegations when he was archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the early 2000s.

A petition calling for the private Montrose university to cancel the speech brought more than 100 signaturesin the last several days, and four students Thursday afternoon distributed leaflets from the heart of campus with photos of Dolan’s face, media coverage of allegations against him and a link to an online petition.

“Send it to everyone you know,” said Victoria Villarreal, a senior studying communications, as she passed a flier to a woman.

“I did,” she responded.

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