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Notre Dame Switchboard Overwhelmed (protesting Obama commencement)
catholic.org ^

Posted on 03/21/2009 6:28:59 PM PDT by cycle of discernment

Notre Dame Switchboard Overwhelmed 3/21/2009 - 9:10 PM PST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ADVISORY Catholic PRWire

Notre Dame Grads Condemn Obama Decision

Detroit/South Bend (March 21, 2009) - As of late Friday night, hundreds of callers had overwhelmed the switchboard at Notre Dame as news began to circulate that Obama had been invited to give the commencement address at Notre Dame on May 17th. Sources at Notre Dame as well as the White House late Friday afternoon confirmed the invitation had been extended and accepted.

ND operators said the calls simply became too much to handle. Voice mails of the University President, Vice-President, Provost, assistant-provost and PR director were all full by 10pm EST. Operators were suggesting that callers try again on Monday when university officials would be back in their offices.

All the calls were expressing outrage. None supported the decision.

Two Notre Dame alumni who own and operate the world’s first Catholic internet TV station www.realcatholictv.com both immediately denounced the university’s decision to award Barack Obama honors and give him a stage from which to speak.

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhoabortion; bhocommencements; catholicschools; notredame

1 posted on 03/21/2009 6:28:59 PM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: cycle of discernment

pathetic on the part of ND. Lining up to get the radically pro-abort President is pretty bad.


2 posted on 03/21/2009 6:30:04 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: cycle of discernment

There is life out there! Good.


3 posted on 03/21/2009 6:32:51 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: cycle of discernment

I got an email from J.D. Hayworth (KFYI) advising that BO is going to be speaking to the brainwashed pinheads at Arizona State “University” also.


4 posted on 03/21/2009 6:34:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: cycle of discernment

I just hope that the ND administration is more willing to listen to their constituents than the Obama administration and his congress are willing to listen to the people of this country. However, I expect they may not have the integrity and personal strength to un-invite a sitting president.


5 posted on 03/21/2009 6:35:52 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: cycle of discernment

I hope that who ever is responsible for Obama’s invitation will resign or be fired! He’s disgusting and a murderer. He has nothing in common with pro-life people.


6 posted on 03/21/2009 6:36:18 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I got an email from J.D. Hayworth (KFYI) advising that BO is going to be speaking to the brainwashed pinheads at Arizona State “University” also.

Oh no! Please say it isn't so. I'm sure dear, stupid Janet had something to do with his invite! Liberal profs have brainwashed the youth enough without BO bringing his Communist agenda to further brainwash them.

7 posted on 03/21/2009 6:40:05 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: cycle of discernment

http://president.nd.edu/contact-us


8 posted on 03/21/2009 6:40:16 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: cycle of discernment
Seriously, what is the deal here...Berkeley wasn't available?!? I'm sure Berkeley is more his crowd after all...Anti-Military, Anti-Catholic, Anti-Religion, Anti-Unborn, Pro-Fag...He would blend there...besides, isn't weed legal there too.
9 posted on 03/21/2009 6:41:20 PM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: NRA2BFree

If BHO speaks at ND then the entire Catholic pro life stance is a sham... and I’m Catholic...

Disgusting and vile.


10 posted on 03/21/2009 6:41:31 PM PDT by Barney59 ("Amen")
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To: cycle of discernment

When the rich Alums stop their donations..they will see the light.


11 posted on 03/21/2009 6:51:27 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: Barney59
If BHO speaks at ND then the entire Catholic pro life stance is a sham...

The Catholic pro life stance is not a sham...just whoever at ND who is responsible for this.

12 posted on 03/21/2009 6:55:21 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Don Corleone

****rich Alums****

That is so 2008...

and I so hope I am wrong...


13 posted on 03/21/2009 6:55:33 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Government tends to never fix the problems it creates in the first place)
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To: Barney59

If obama does show up to speak at Notre Dame, all who oppose his abortion policies should stand and turn their backs on him during his remarks.


14 posted on 03/21/2009 6:57:11 PM PDT by Josa
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To: Josa

They should wear shrouds and death masks on the back of their heads.


15 posted on 03/21/2009 6:58:46 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: cycle of discernment

Can they disinvite him?


16 posted on 03/21/2009 6:58:49 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Swede Girl

The way it would work is the ND president would have to contact the WH and explain his dilemma. The WH would announce something important on that date which requires the president’s attention. We all giggle and cheer.


17 posted on 03/21/2009 7:03:40 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: cycle of discernment

Note to skulls full of mush! You don’t actually have to attend the ceremony to GRADUATE! Boycott it! They’ll mail you your sheepskin!


18 posted on 03/21/2009 7:08:50 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: cycle of discernment

I am sending a red empty envelope to ND president Father Jenkins. We are in bizzaro world.


19 posted on 03/21/2009 7:10:57 PM PDT by proud2beconservativeinNJ ("In God We Trust")
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To: Swede Girl

Maybe somebody in the White House will ‘suddenly remember’ that Dear Leader was previously booked and ‘unavailable.’


20 posted on 03/21/2009 7:13:16 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Obama Speeches--TeleprompterInChief--TIC Talk)
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To: Doc Savage

I’m wondering if this was totally the idea of ND, or was it solicited, at least in part, by the Bizzar’O administration...


21 posted on 03/21/2009 7:13:32 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness.)
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To: Swede Girl

If they disinvite him then the disinvitation becomes the story—the Inquisitorial Catholic bishops leaned on the virtuous, tolerant, academic-freedom-loving marvelous university and Truth died.

The real story, that Obama is a Man of Death, thus gets lost. In the effort to make the point that Obama has sold his soul to the Culture of Death and hence ought not speak at Notre Dame, a disinvitation would end up clouding the real issue and refocusing things on how EEEEEEEEEVVVVVILLLL Catholics are. Not the “good kind of Catholics” at Notre Dame who really are intelligent (and pro-abortion) and had invited him, but those EEEEEEEEVVVVVVILLLLOLLL pro-life Catholic Taliban hacks who hate women.

It’s a no-win situation. If he speaks and gets the degree, the Doug “Catholics-can-vote-for-Obama-he’s-really-a-kind-loving-family-man” Kmiec types get vindicated and Obama rises in stature.

Disinvite him and to most of the country it’s just further proof of how dangerously intolerant Catholics are and how their bishops quash any freedom of inquiry and love of Truth so that they can continue abusing children and forcing raped women to suffer and continue to do the sorts of utterly nefarious things that we, tsk tsk can’t even mention in polite society. Off with their heads.


22 posted on 03/21/2009 7:16:36 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Markos33

Ten to one it originated under the Dome. They (as do most schools in their league) routinely invite the biggest celebs they can think of. The seniors want it this way—it’s part of their prince-charming graduation as wedding ceremony fantasies. In this ND is no different from any school with pretensions to be “in the academic big leagues.”


23 posted on 03/21/2009 7:19:10 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Swede Girl
You're all missing the point!

The bottom line is we all sink or swim with Obama now. We really don't need the old thinking of the good / bad old Catholic Church anymore. Just look at how similar they are to GM or AIG. Obama is what Catholics wanted, they voted for him, and most importantly, he won!

Now the question is only whether we will have ritual abortions to go along with the eucharist, or readings from Marx to replace the old out of touch gospel stuff.

You don't have to ask me, ask the really smart loyal Catholic folks running Notre Dame for the answers.

24 posted on 03/21/2009 7:19:35 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: WhoisAlanGreenspan?

My Priest will hear from me in the morning.


25 posted on 03/21/2009 7:32:00 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Swede Girl

You can complain...

http://president.nd.edu/contact-us


26 posted on 03/21/2009 7:35:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: cycle of discernment

He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1988

http://president.nd.edu/about-the-office/presidents-biography


27 posted on 03/21/2009 7:38:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: cycle of discernment
From narses

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
(503) 943-7101

Patrick F. McCartan, Senior partner, Jones Day
(216) 586-7272
Email: pmccartan@jonesday.com

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
email: mfox@archchicago.org

Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Chairman, Committee on Education
Diocese of Worcester
phone: 508-791-7171
committee email: catholiceducation@usccb.org

To contact Notre Dame’s bishop:
Bishop John D’Arcy, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese
Fort Wayne Chancery
phone: (260) 422-4611

28 posted on 03/21/2009 7:39:12 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: cycle of discernment
petition here
29 posted on 03/21/2009 7:40:00 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: cycle of discernment

NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) –

The University of Notre Dame will continue to allow the controversial play “The Vagina Monologues” to be performed on campus, despite the plays’ explicit sexuality, obscenity and anti-Catholic content. The script contains graphic accounts of female sexual encounters, one involving the seduction of a young teenage girl by an older woman.

Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, university president, spoke against the play in January, saying it was antithetical to the Catholic identity of Notre Dame, and that repeat performances on campus would suggest that the university endorsed the content and message of the play.

But in a statement yesterday Fr. Jenkins granted permission for the play to continue on the grounds of academic freedom, saying, “the creative contextualization of a play like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ can bring certain perspectives on important issues into a constructive and fruitful dialogue with the Catholic tradition.”

http://tinyurl.com/dcugs3


30 posted on 03/21/2009 7:40:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Houghton M.
“Ten to one it originated under the Dome.”

You are probably correct. But, it wouldn't surprise me if some lackey in the administration had called ND with the news that the pres—ent may be available to speak at your graduation ceremony this year.

In their way of thinking...what better way to cozy up and make preace with Catholic Americans than to be a commencement speaker at ND.

Just the way their minds work...not mine.

31 posted on 03/21/2009 7:45:17 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness.)
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To: Houghton M.

The latter is better than living in fear of Zero.


32 posted on 03/21/2009 7:52:52 PM PDT by MaxMax (RINO=RAT!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
BO is going to be speaking to the brainwashed pinheads at Arizona State “University” also.

His good buddy McRino probably got that gig for him.

33 posted on 03/21/2009 7:56:34 PM PDT by bgill
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To: TonyInOhio

Only at Notre Dame.

This wouldn’t happen at Marquette Univ! :-)


34 posted on 03/21/2009 7:59:34 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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From Doug From Upland
35 posted on 03/21/2009 8:01:33 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: Incorrigible

It wouldn’t happen at Loyola Chicago either.


36 posted on 03/21/2009 8:28:55 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Mary Fallin for OK Governor in 2010! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: Incorrigible
This wouldn’t happen at Marquette Univ!

Wouldn't have to. Marquette already has tenured proinfanticide ex-priest Daniel Maguire on the faculty.

37 posted on 03/21/2009 8:29:36 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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Marquette already has tenured proinfanticide ex-priest Daniel Maguire on the faculty.

Touché!

Hard to believe Maguire has been there since the early 80's when all the Notre Dame students used to come up to Marquette's campus for our block-party beer-fest.

.

38 posted on 03/21/2009 8:50:42 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: cycle of discernment
Just called the president's office and voiced my concern. Apparently the President remains adamant. I read at NRO his defence.
"We are not ignoring the critical issue of the protection of life. On the contrary, we invited him because we care so much about those issues, and we hope . . . for this to be the basis of an engagement with him," Jenkins said. "You cannot change the world if you shun the people you want to persuade, and if you cannot persuade them . . . show respect for them and listen to them," he said.
I told them if they really want to engage the issues they should debate rather than honor him with a degree.
39 posted on 03/23/2009 9:05:07 AM PDT by cornelis
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