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Posted on 09/25/2012 9:53:50 AM PDT by Yossarian
September 25, 2012 (CNS) - Despite Catholic outrage over the University of Notre Dames 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama to address its graduates, the University has again invited the President to speak on campus as a candidate for reelection.
From the Notre Dame news release:
The University of Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.
Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre Dame as a forum for serious political discussion on important issues facing the nation. The intent of the invitations, which include the candidates running mates, is to provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.
The tradition of election-year invitations to presidential and vice presidential candidates was established 60 years ago by Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in his first year as Notre Dames president. That year, both Dwight Eisenhower and his Democratic opponent, Adlai Stevenson, spoke at the University.
Other candidates who have accepted the invitation through the years include Richard Nixon, Henry Cabot Lodge, Warren Miller (a Notre Dame alumnus), Edmund Muskie, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Joe Lieberman.
More than 367,000 individuals signed The Cardinal Newman Societys petition opposing President Obamas 2009 commencement address and honorary degree from Notre Dame, and 83 Catholic bishops publicly criticized the honor. In 2004, the U.S. bishops approved a policy banning Catholic honors and platforms to individuals who oppose fundamental Catholic teachings.
The invitation will seem inappropriate to many Catholics, as the Church struggles with the intransigence of the Obama administration on a Health and Human Services regulation forcing Catholic institutions to provide employee and student health insurance coverage for sterilization, abortion-causing drugs, and contraceptives. The University of Notre Dame is in the awkward position of having invited to campus the target of the Universitys pending lawsuit over the HHS contraceptive mandate. President Obama has supported legal abortion, funding for Planned Parenthood, homosexual marriage and embryonic stem cell research all considered by Catholics to be highly immoral.
The invitation to Governor Romney also could raise concerns. He opposes the cloning of human embryos but supports embryonic stem cell research in opposition to Catholic moral teaching.
Reprinted with permission from the Cardinal Newman Society.
This would be a strong reason to skip graduation, even from Notre Dame.
Are they still ashamed of The Cross?
I am sick to my stomach. The Pope should have an email address. He could send Jenkins and all caps message.
Paging Benedict XVI... There’s excommunicatin’ to be done.
Maybe they figure since the football team is doing well this year, donors won’t notice.
” Let’s see, Obama promotes Homosexual Marriage and contraception (including forced payment of Sterilization by Catholics). What could be wrong with him speaking at a Catholic College?”
I can decide which group is more self destructive, the Catholic Church, or American Jews.
Catholic church to Obama: “ Beat US, AND SHROUD THE CROSS! “
American Jews to Netanyahu: “ Shut up, and quit hurting Obama’s chances! “
That should be interesting to see. I saw an Obama campaign poster the other day, which prominently featured a cross in the background.
I used to be a Notre Dame fan, but no more. I shall consider it another one of America’s domestic enemies from this point forward.
Notre Dame has all the moral authority of Penn State.
Congratulations to those two universities.
They get the one ND grad wrong??? BILL (William E.) Miller, nt Warren Miller (ran with Goldwater in ‘64).
Notre Dame once again confirms that it is Catholic In Name Only.
How about the Pope sending an email to the Archbishop in IN? Surely, their is some chain of command somewhere?