From Life Site News:
Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenberg in South Africa is listed on the University’s website as the homilist at the Commencement Mass on May 21, as well as the honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker for humanities and science students’ graduation ceremony from the College of Arts and Sciences May 22.
Dowling achieved his claim to fame in 2001, when he became the first African bishop to defy Church teaching on contraceptive use and endorse the use of condoms to prevent HIV.
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In an April 2007 Grand Rapids Press article, Dowlings said of the HIV battle in South Africa: “Abstinence before marriage and faithfulness in a marriage is beyond the realm of possibility here. The issue is to protect life.”
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Another speaker at graduation this year will be San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who will give the commencement address for graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Masagung Graduate School of Management on May 23.
Ms. Harris was a leading opponent of Proposition 8, California’s true marriage initiative, during the campaign season last year.