Notre Dame insults Catholic Pro-life CommunityThe decision by the University of Notre Dame to invite President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement exercises on May 17, 2009 is an insult to the pro-life Catholic community and signals a further attempt by this administration to fracture the Catholic church and the authority of the nation's bishops. The White House made the announcement on Friday evening stating that the president will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and give the commencement address.
As reported in LifeSite News, 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." This action by the university is a direct affront to such policy.
As word of the announcement swept through the blogosphere, anger from alumni was met with the frustration of those who have long given up on the nation's premier "Catholic" universities. Parents who were considering Notre Dame for their children have now crossed it off their list.
Deal Hudson of InsideCatholic.com reported that many Alumni were done financially supporting the school. Regrettably there are some who do not see this as a slap in the face of the Church because of the "office of the presidency." But the interesting thing will be to see how the school and the bishops react on Monday. I suspect that there will be an outcry by the Alumni. I predict that some prominent donor will rescind his planned contribution to the school. I can see organized protests by both student groups and outside organizations. and there will be pressure on the USCCB to respond to this latest slap in the face. I can also see the school hunkering down and trying to ride it out. After all for the school administration, it is access to power not the truth that they seek. Richard Rich sold out the truth to be attorney general of Wales. Notre Dame sold out for even less.
In times past when someone wanted to engage an opponent, one threw down the gauntlet or issued and insult by slapping the adversary across the face. The respondent was then obliged to do one of two things. He could accept the challenge as a man or he could walk away and in most cases be thought the coward. The Catholic Church over the last 40 years has been insulted, attacked, slapped in the face and otherwise humiliated by the prevailing leftist ideology in the press, media, entertainment industry, and academia. Many have called us to "turn the other cheek" and accept this as our lot for living the gospel message. Btu here comes a time when one must stand up and defend not just oneself but the truth. The truth is that abortion kills babies, exploits women and destroys families. If we do not think that is important enough to defend then there is not hope for this country or this world. There are bad people out there who want tot destroy our way of life. There are even worse people out there who want to destroy our souls in the process.
The USCCB must condemn this outrage and act appropriately. The local bishop must exercise his authority over the university and its administration. The people must rise up in one voice and rebuke the university for its callused behavior an its insult to the memory of all who have dies because of the American abortion holocaust.
Do not be silent. Let your voices ring out: We should not honor anyone who supports the killing of children.
May God have mercy on this nation.