For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Soft Back Of Notre Dame

I have been very busy lately and been playing catch-up on everything. This is an old story now (a whole week!), but is one on which I'd like to comment...

Notre Dame has extended an invitation to pro-abortion-President-Obama to speak at their graduation commencement ceremonies in May. Those who have been paying attention know of Obama's track record on this issue and consider the invite a very strange and inappropriate thing. Read more about this in a recent WSJ column by William McGurn by clicking HERE.

Also, if you agree with those of us who think the Fighting Irish are appeasing on the abortion issue, you may wish to contact Notre Dame's President, Fr. John Jenkins, personally. Click HERE for that info.

Now we hear that The Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy, Eighth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, plans to skip the commencement in a clearly visible act of protest. Here is what he had to say on the matter:

"President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred," D'Arcy said. "While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life."

Very well put, and with that he has earned a spot on our left column under Catholic Leaders We Admire. Read the rest of the story on the Bishop's protest HERE.

If you wish to sign a petition to get Notre Dame to rescind the invite and presentation of an honorary degree to the most pro-abortion president in our nation's history, try THIS ONE, at a website recently constructed by the Cardinal Newman Society.

And I might also wish to add...

Fr. Jenkins claimed that the invite would be a "basis for further positive engagement" on the issue of abortion, and he might be right. We do, after all, want Obama to convert to our way of thinking. But wouldn't it be more prudent to wait until AFTER HIS CONVERSION to give Obama an honorary degree? What is the point of a carrot on a stick if you give the donkey the carrot first?

(hat tip to Paul, who has no doubt been wondering where I have been...)