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Bowing to bishop, college cancels Kennedy speech

A small Catholic college that had invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement rescinded the offer Friday under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who deemed her political views out of line with Catholic teachings.

Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement saying the decision was dictated by Bishop Robert J. McManus. The college said it still believes that Kennedy, the wife of the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, would be an appropriate choice, even as it confirmed she is no longer invited.

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