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Bishop will skip college’s ceremony

Anna Maria cites possible problems

WORCESTER - In March, Anna Maria College withdrew its commencement speaking invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy after Bishop Robert J. McManus told school officials that the widow of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not an appropriate speaker because of her views on abortion, contraception, and gay marriage.

Now, the bishop will not be attending the commencement either after he was asked by school officials on Thursday to skip the May 19 graduation exercises at the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts because his appearance might be a distraction.

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