Notre Dame and the President

If you have been listening to Catholic radio in recent days, you have no doubt heard that Fr. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, has invited President Obama to give the commencement address to the graduating class in May.  

This is creating a huge firestorm of protest from many in the prolife apostolate.

The local ordinary, Bishop D’Arcy is refusing to attend the ceremony because he does not want to give any impression that his presence would be tacit support for Obama’s radical anti-life policies.   

This is what is being reported.

What I don’t understand is why a purportedly Catholic university would give a platform, and confer an award (which I understand they are going to do), to anyone who so blatantly is pushing the kind of pro-abortion and embryionic stem cell research policies that our President is advocating.  

The bishops of the United States as a whole in 2004 were quite clear that no one was to be given a platform to speak or given awards from a Catholic institution of learning if they publicly promote issues that were intrinsically evil and contrary to Church teaching.  

Surely, supporting abortion and experimentation on embryos and embryonic stem cell research are such issues.  The Church teaches that these are intrinsically evil, i.e., always wrong with no exceptions.

Is Notre Dame Catholic?

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2 Responses to Notre Dame and the President

  1. Michael Young says:

    Hate the sin, love the sinner. Perhaps there can be some good from this, the President is going to hear from a lot of people their objection to his stance on “life” issues. Perhaps with prayers, for those in administration at Notre Dame, the administration can have conversation with the President and discussion (some day conversion) with regard to his ideas and actions regarding “life”.

  2. Deacon Gordon Richard says:

    I, too, think some good will come from this invitation. I hope they are not pressured to dis-invite the President of the United States although the pressure will be great. I wonder if the new president has a full awareness of how his pro-abortion stance and actions play out for most or, at least, many in the Catholic Community. This may be an awakening for him as well as others, including his Catholic vice president. The ensuing dialogue will be interesting in the week’s ahead.

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