Booing Notre Dame; Catholic University Rolls out the Red Carpet for Obama

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Booing Notre Dame; Catholic University Rolls out the Red Carpet for Obama


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Obama is speaking and receiving an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame's graduation ceremony on Sunday. The university has been moving to the left for years but had managed not to isolate its conservative Midwestern alumni and the Catholic Church's hierarchy. That luck has run out for the Irish.

The Obama invitation is in direct violation of a 2004 statement issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In Catholics in Political Life, the bishops stated unequivocally that The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. If that is not clear enough, the document lists political support for abortion as the most obvious offense against the moral teachings of the church.

At least 76 U.S. bishops have condemned the platform Notre Dame has given to Mr. Obama because of the president's extremist abortion position. Fort Wayne, Ind., Bishop John D'Arcy, whose diocese is home to the university, is taking the unusual step of skipping the graduation and said there's no other right unless you have the right to life, and a Catholic university should support that 100 percent. Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican's supreme court, said Notre Dame needs to come clean: Is it Catholic or isn't it? A Catholic institution, a Catholic university, cannot give honors to someone who is a promoter of things that are opposed to the most fundamental beliefs of Catholics.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, remains defiant about honoring Mr. Obama and said last month, We're just so proud to have him. The priest's own associations place him further at odds with his church. Father Jenkins is a member of the board of directors of Millennium Promise, an organization ostensibly organized to fight poverty. …

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