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Boston cardinal skips commencement over Irish PM's role

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has skipped Boston College's commencement because of the involvement of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supports of a bill in his country that would allow abortion.

A few dozen protesters, some playing bagpipes, demonstrated at the college during Monday morning's graduation ceremony. They held signs with messages that included: "Boston College Keep Your Pro Life Values."

Kenny will address undergraduates and accept an honorary degree from the Jesuit-run college.

Kenny says the legislation simply clarifies when a doctor can perform an abortion to save a woman's life.

Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn says the school respects O'Malley and regrets he didn't attend graduation, but that the school's commitment to Catholic values isn't eroding in the least.