Catholic university confirms Joe Biden visit as criticism mounts

President Biden's town hall Wednesday night in Cincinnati will be held at a Catholic college – prompting protests from local anti-abortion groups and grumbling from  Cincinnati's archbishop. 

Mount St. Joseph University confirmed Tuesday it is hosting the president for a CNN town hall which airs Wednesday at 8 p.m.

That prompted Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is calling on people to contact the Sisters of Charity, who own the university; the group is also planning a protest Wednesday night.

The group, which opposes abortion, said the suburban Cincinnati university is hosting the "most pro-abortion president in U.S. history" and asked the public to call the university in protest along with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

The university was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1920 as the first Catholic university for women in southwest Ohio.

"The University has always been and will continue to be a diverse and inclusive place where people from different races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, beliefs, and religions can come together to discuss and share their unique perspectives," a statement from the school said. "We look forward to introducing the Mount to a nationally televised prime time audience."

Mount St. Joseph University photographed on Monday, June 29, 2021.

The Archdioceses of Cincinnati issued a statement Tuesday saying Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr would not have granted a visit by President Biden to Catholic property –  but Wednesday's visit wasn't his call.

The statement said Schnurr has not been contacted about the visit. 

More:What we know about President Joe Biden’s Wednesday visit to Cincinnati

More:Cincinnati Archbishop Schnurr: I would have rejected Biden visit, but it's not my call​​​​​​​

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