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Breaking News: Catholic Notre Dame University to Give Obama Honorary Degree
By Kathleen Gilbert
NOTRE DAME, Indiana (LifeSiteNews.com) - White House Secretary Robert Gibbs
stated today that Obama will give the commencement address at Notre Dame
University this year. The school confirmed the announcement, stating on its
website that Obama will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the
University's 164th University Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. May 17 in the
Joyce Center on campus.
In 2004, the United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a
policy statement called "Catholics in Political Life," which says, with
reference to pro-abortion politicians, "They should not be given awards, honors
or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."
President Obama has been called the "abortion president" by pro-life activists,
and his appearance at the university would appear to violate the USCCB's policy
against honoring pro-abortion politicians.
One alumnus from the university has already expressed his displeasure in an open
letter sent today to the president of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins.
William Newton, a D.C. area attorney, wrote, "As an alumnus of Notre Dame Law
School, I am deeply offended that you would invite President Barack Obama to
speak at Commencement this year."
Newton then lists the numerous pro-abortion decisions that Obama has made since
assuming the office of the presidency. "This is the person that you feel is
worthy to address the students and faculty of Notre Dame, in the shadow of Our
Lady atop the Golden Dome, with the spires of the Basilica in the background?"
"Father Sorin must be wringing his hands in heaven, that his successor would
approve this disgrace. Shame on Notre Dame for choosing to scandalize the
faithful who continue to support the Catholic identity and mission of the
Conservative commentator Kathryn Jean Lopez said on The Corner that the
arrangement was "shameful."
"Last week the president of the United States perpetrated an assault on human
dignity. No statements or press releases will undo what Notre Dame's position in
the eyes of the world is in response: 'Doesn't matter,'" wrote Lopez. "We've got
THE ONE. So much for the One the school's namesake gave birth to."
"I've been optimistic that the radicalism of this administration on life could
be a real catalyst for renewal in many churches. At Notre Dame, the
administration there just made a choice. They took a giant step away from their
identity as 'Catholic.' They [sic] rather be of this world than the one they
supposedly exist to bring people toward."
Notre Dame is among the most prestigious Catholic universities in America. The
school's Center for Ethics and Culture recently established a pro-life fund in
an effort to bolster Notre Dame's pro-life identity.
To contact Notre Dame:
Phone: (574) 631-5000
email form: http://president.nd.edu/contact-us
Notre Dame Fellows:
Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., President, U. of Portland
Patrick F. McCartan, Senior partner, Jones Day
William M. Goodyear, CEO, Navigant Consulting
main: (312) 583-5700
list of all Notre Dame Fellows: www.nd.edu/leadership/fellows
To contact the USCCB:
Cardinal Francis George, President
Archdiocese of Chicago
phone: 312-751- 8200
Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Chairman, Committee on Education
Diocese of Worcester
To contact Notre Dame's bishop:
Bishop John D'Arcy, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese
Fort Wayne Chancery
phone: (260) 422-4611