After deep-sixing Anna Maria College’s invitation to Victoria Kennedy to give a commencement address, Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus finds himself disinvited too.
Raymond L. Delisle, a spokesman for the Diocese of Worcester, said Anna Maria President Jack Calareso and Sr. Yvette Bellerose, the chair of the school’s board of trustees, had a brief meeting Thursday at the chancery.
He said they asked the bishop to consider not attending and he agreed.
“They felt the bishop would be a distraction to the event,” said Mr. Delisle, who described the meeting as cordial. “He was going to attend but that’s not going to happen now.”
You readers know I’m a huge skeptic when it comes to the hermeneutic of subtraction. I think disinvitations are rude and lazy, usually. It should be no surprise to any of you I think both people should have been invited.
On the other hand, commencement is all about students. So maybe the AMC solution of having two students give addresses is a better solution all around.
At some point, the so-called adults in the chanceries and the university offices are going to need to sit down and get past all this nonsense.