The Fighting Irish feud over Obama invite

One of the great institutions associated with Irish America, the University of Notre Dame, has found itself at the centre of a political row which exposes the liberal-conservative faultline running through much of the Catholic community in the United States. The University of Notre Dame’s convention of inviting the newly inaugurated President of the USA to speak at commencement ceremonies has been attacked by catholic conservatives, with the Bishop of Fort-Wayne South Bend Diocese (where the university is situated), John M. D’Arcy, stating he will not be attending in protest at President Obama’s stance on abortion and stem cell research. The furore has sparked a number of online petitions, with supporters of the President’s attendance and opponents articulating their cause online and seeking support.

  • 6countyprod

    It seems to me that Catholics in America are a lot more effective than ‘right-wing’ Evangelicals are in holding Obama to account for his anti-Christian policies. More power to them!

  • IRIA

    Pro-Choice, Pro-Torture, Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-Iraq War, Condelezza Rice speaking at Catholic Boston College.

  • Rice is just another disgrace on top of a [url=http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/SearchCatholicColleges/BostonCollege/tabid/126/Default.aspx]very long list[/url]

  • 6countyprod

    Obama is the most aggressive pro-abortion US president in history. He presides over and encourages the destruction of an average of 500,000 unborn little boys and 500,000 unborn little girls (most of them black) in the US every year. He has no problem with infanticide. He has no right to be honoured by any Christian institution.

  • IRIA

    “Obama is the most aggressive pro-abortion US president in history. He presides over and encourages the destruction of an average of 500,000 unborn little boys and 500,000 unborn little girls (most of them black) in the US every year. He has no problem with infanticide. He has no right to be honoured by any Christian institution.”

    The guy’s been President for 2 months. “Encourages” abortion? Huh?

    Bush has a Conservative supreme court and a republican congress and we have the same abortion laws on the books. Politicians care about it as a wedge issue only.

  • 6countyprod

    IRIA,

    Only been around for 2 months, eh? Where have you been the past 12 months?

    Here are a couple of articles to broaden your knowledge a little:

    A senior philosophy major at Princeton University and 2008 Rhodes Scholar asks Obama a few pertinent questions concerning his stance on abortion

    Robert George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton adds his 2 pence worth

  • Obama has already overturned the Mexico City Policy and supports the so-called Freedom of Choice Act which would overturn all state-enacted restrictions on abortion and partial-birth abortions. It could also coerce Catholic hospitals into providing them. He is also attempting to overturn Bush’s Conscience Protection laws which help protect the consciences of pro-life workers. It is absolutely disgusting that a self-styled Catholic university would choose to honour such a man and yet another tragic consequence of Land O’Lakes.

  • March 26, 2009

    Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
    President, University of Notre Dame
    400 Main Building
    Notre Dame, IN 46556

    Dear Father Jenkins:

    I have just learned that you, as President of the University of Notre Dame, have invited President Barack Obama to be the graduation commencement speaker at the University’s exercises on May 17, 2009. I was also informed that you will confer on the president an honorary doctor of laws degree, one of the highest honors bestowed by your institution.

    I write to protest this egregious decision on your part. President Obama has been a pro-abortion legislator. He has indicated, especially since he took office, his deliberate disregard of the unborn by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research, by promoting the FOCA agenda and by his open support for gay rights throughout this country.

    It is a travesty that the University of Notre Dame, considered by many to be a Catholic University, should give its public support to such an anti-Catholic politician.

    I hope that you are able to reconsider this decision. If not, please do not expect me to support your University in the future.

    Sincerely yours,

    The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
    Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

  • IRIA

    “Only been around for 2 months, eh? Where have you been the past 12 months?

    Here are a couple of articles to broaden your knowledge a little:”

    Been PRESIDENT for 2 months. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite pro-“life” President GWB does virtually nothing for the “cause”. Of course, he’s “pro-life” about abortion(if you believe that), but it’s ok to torture, use the death penalty, invade countries, etc. I’m a Catholic and I think the church’s hypocrisy on the matter is a joke-especially predominant U.S. Catholics.

  • I staunchly opposed both the Iraq War and the extraordinary rendition programmes, but the Catholic Church [url=http://sspx.org/against_sound_bites/capital_punishment.htm]does not teach[/url] that the use of death penalty is sinful, at least when done judiciously.

    3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.

    [url=http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/apr/050419a.html]Worthiness to Receive Communion[/url], Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith

  • 6countyprod

    IRIA,

    What does GWB have to do with the fact that Obama supports the continued butchering of one million unborn babies in the US every year? Red herring, IRIA! BO can’t hide behind GWB on this one.

    As a Washington Post article put it: ‘Obama’s record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion — a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called “too close to infanticide.” Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” because of a crisis pregnancy — hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life.’

    Obama is an obscene perpetuator and cheer leader for culture of death that pervades liberal thinking.

  • Mayoman

    A plaigiarised question for our ‘moral’leaders (6CP or CO)on this topic.

    You stand in a corridor of a burning resrearch hospital. In one room is a 9-month old baby, in the other is a petri dish contaioning 10 viable embryos.

    You can resuce only the dish or the baby.

    Which do you save and why?

  • Mayoman

    Sorry for the bad spelling, I’m tired!(that’s my excuse!)