updated 5/11/2007 9:26:11 AM ET 2007-05-11T13:26:11

President Bush will deliver the commencement address at a small Catholic college in Pennsylvania today. What should have been a safe bet hasn't turned out that way.

Students and faculty at St. Vincent College have protested Bush's upcoming appearance because of his Iraq war policy.

In an open letter, St. Vincent faculty say Iraq is not a just war as defined by Catholic doctrine. The letter accuses the president of, quoting here, launching a "preemptive, unprovoked war" in Iraq and stifling debate at home through "fear-mongering and threats."

The speech was arranged by the school's president, who once headed the White House's office of faith-based initiatives. Jim Towey says he knew the speech would generate controversy but thinks it's a great opportunity for his students.

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