Skip to comments.ND President Jenkins: "We Are Tremendously Proud" to Honor Obama at Notre Dame
Posted on 04/21/2009 4:24:21 PM PDT by wagglebee
SOUTH BEND, Indiana, April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins heaped fuel on the fire yesterday by gushing that President Obama's highly controversial platform at the school's commencement would be a "tremendous event" for Notre Dame.
"We are very proud and honored to welcome the first African-American President of the United States in a few weeks as our commencement speaker," said Fr. Jenkins at a town hall meeting celebrating 60 years of black student-athletes at Notre Dame, according to the South Bend Tribune. Obama will also be receiving an honorary law degree from the school during the May 17 commencement exercises.
The audience received Jenkins' remarks with cheers.
"This is a tremendous event for us. We're tremendously proud," said the Notre Dame president. "President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he's coming to Notre Dame, and we're exceptionally proud."
So far over 325,000 petitioners and 42 U.S. bishops have publicly condemned the decision of the university to host and honor what many pro-life activists have labeled "the most pro-abortion president in history," with some strongly calling for Jenkins to disinvite the president or to step down from his position. (To sign the petition: http://www.notredamescandal.com)
Taking note of the furor from the pro-life Catholic community over the Obama honor, Jenkins said the invite has "touched a very sensitive nerve in the Catholic community, the issue of abortion and the issue of life, and that's very important to us."
"I think it's unfortunate that the great event of President Obama coming to this campus has been a little clouded by that controversy," said Jenkins, "but we believe what we believe, and we're clear on that, but at the same time, we recognize this remarkable leader and this remarkable person who has accomplished so much.
"He will speak to our graduates in such a powerful way. He's one of our great orators of our time, and we're just so proud to have him."
Jenkins continued: "To welcome the first African-American president will be ... gratifying for all of us.
"President Obama represents a real watershed in the history of our country, I believe. We will welcome him in style, and be happy to have him here."
To express your concern to Fr. Jenkins:
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
email form: http://president.nd.edu/contact-us
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It's not a "sensitive nerve" your imbecilic apostate, it is not even open for discussion.
Nothing means anything anymore.
Ping for your lists.
Slight cloud? He deserves a thunderstorm on his parade.
John Kerry was in Vietnam? Wrong thread. I meant, Barack Obama is black? Thank goodness someone pointed that out, otherwise we wouldn't know since no one talks about it.
Go Michigan...you have a new fan for life
He gave up his religion for a new one: worshipping at Obamas feet.
Abortion is just “a very sensitive nerve in the Catholic community”? This guy needs to be de-frocked and the seminary he went to investigated for incompetence.
Is there any way to be rid of Jerkins?
“President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he’s coming to Notre Dame, and we’re exceptionally proud.”
The guy’s a baby killer enabler. That is not a partisan snipe, it is the literal truth. Christ help this demented “Rev.”
Any ND alumni inclined to donate, take note.
This makes Notre Dame a big joke along with the so called Holy Cross order that Jenkins belongs to.
In my e-mail to N.D. I brought forth the following:
Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.”
Are these children that were aborted going to go to the Kingdom of God? If your answer is that they are going to heaven to be with God, then you affirm that they were children, and N.D. is an accessary to the killing of children.
Tightest reasoning I’ve ever seen! Sadly, cinos will find an ‘escape clause’ for their dead consciences.
for how much Fr. Jenkins praised and gushed over Zero, you’d think he worked for MSNBC along with the other obama crotch sniffers...
But, he has one of the great teleprompters of our time!
12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,
Taking note of the furor from the pro-life Catholic community over the Obama honor, Jenkins said the invite has “touched a very sensitive nerve in the Catholic community, the issue of abortion and the issue of life, and that’s very important to us.”
Apparently not as important as Jenkins having the opportunity to grovel at the feet of a baby killer.
Jenkins is absolutely relishing in having the obamanation on the premises.
ND President Jenkins: “We are Tremendously Proud” to Honor Obama at Notre Dame.
Oooops: not Proud but “Stupid”. There fixed that!
Wow, this guy Jenkins is a real scumbag.
This just gags me!
Is it Deuteronomy 6?
Doesn’t God warn us not to consort with foreigners and adopt their ways?
ND obviously needs a new President.
I note that Father Jenkins appears a little condescending in his words. ‘Black Athletes, African American President’. I think that is offensive. People who think that the rest of the world doesn’t have them spotted when they play their aren’t I a great person to have an African American here to speak card, are only fooling themselves. I just revised my opinion of him. He’s not what he first appeared. And that explains a lot!
He has accomplished nothing. The man is a fraud, a thief, a liar, a betrayer, a marxist, and a baby killer. I left the Catholic Church because of a lot of people just like this Fr. Jenkins. In fact this fellow seems to have something for the big 0.
So Diversity trumps Life, huh Father?
Nice to know.
To plagiarize Ronaldus Magnus, “I didn’t leave the Catholic Church, the Catholic Church left me”.
I guess Jenkins spares not a thought for all those potential future African-American presidents that BO, and himself by default, kills with impunity.
Fr. Jenkins is going to have an awful time at his particular judgment if he doesn’t wise up in time and repent of this monstrous evil.
And it really is monstrous what he’s doing here. The giving of scandal by a Catholic priest in inviting, welcoming, and praising an enthusiastic advocate of abortion, and conferring an HONORARY degree from a Catholic university on him is an enormous sin.
Black Americans are currently being slaughtered at the rate of nearly 1500 PER DAY by the death industry that Zero embraces.
“I guess Jenkins spares not a thought for all those potential future African-American presidents that BO, and himself by default, kills with impunity.”
At least, earthly impugnity.
Are there any men of priciple left ?
Or principle for that matter !
Another famous Reverend once said, “Judge not by color of skin but by the content of character”. Unfortunately we don’t heed his wise words in modern day America either.
Aren’t there supposed to be rules against ordaining these types?
Just what has he accomplished? This guy is just spewing Obama propaganda, not giving a considered or measured judgment.
This is beyond disgusting and horrible. I hope people go to demonstrate or something. I’d go if I lived within driving distance. How nauseating that this man who is posing as a Catholic dares to fawn over someone who advocates many evils which are entirely in opposition to the teachings of the church. Actually beyond any sectarin concerns - the teachings of natural law authored by the Supreme Being. Any sincere person of faith should be angered and nauseated by this.
Non-Catholics should want the Catholic Church to remain true to the teachings of the Bible; her strength strenthens the world.
The bishops who have so far expressed disapproval of Notre Dame's invitation to Obama (in alphabetical order) are:
1. Bishop John D'Arcy - Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN
2. Bishop Samuel Aquila - Fargo, ND
3. Bishop Gregory Aymond - Austin, TX
4. Bishop Gerald Barbarito - Palm Beach, FL
5. Bishop Leonard Blair - Toledo, OH
6. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein - Indianapolis, IN
7. Bishop Robert Baker - Birmingham, AL
8. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - Lincoln, NE
9. Archbishop Eusebius Beltran - Oklahoma City, OK
10. Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú - San Antonio, TX
11. Bishop Paul Coakley - Salina, KS
12. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo - Houston, TX
13. Archbishop Timothy Dolan - New York, NY
14. Bishop Thomas Doran - Rockford, IL
15. Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty - Scranton, PA
16. Bishop Robert Finn - Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
17. Cardinal Francis George - Chicago, IL; President, USCCB
18. Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger - Evansville, IN
19. Archbishop José Gomez - San Antonio, TX
20. Bishop William Higi - Lafayette, IN
21. Archbishop Alfred Hughs - New Orleans, LA
22. Bishop Joseph Latino - Jackson, MS
23. Bishop Jerome Listecki - La Crosse, WI
24. Bishop William E. Lori - Bridgeport, CT
25. Bishop George Lucas - Springfield, IL
26. Bishop Robert Lynch - St. Petersburg, FL
27. Bishop Joseph Martino - Scranton, PA
28. Bishop Robert Morlino - Madison, WI
29. Bishop George Murry - Youngstown, OH
30. Archbishop John J. Myers - Newark, NJ
31. Bishop R. Walker Nickless - Sioux City, IA
32. Archbishop John C. Nienstedt - St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
33. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien - Baltimore, MD
34. Bishop Thomas Olmsted - Phoenix, AZ
35. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk - Cincinnati, OH
36. Bishop Kevin Rhoades - Harrisburg, PA
37. Bishop Alexander Sample - Marquette, MI
38. Bishop Edward J. Slattery - Tulsa, OK
39. Bishop Richard Stika - Knoxville, TN
40. Bishop Anthony Taylor - Little Rock, AR
41. Bishop Robert Vasa - Baker, OR
42. Bishop Thomas Wenski - Orlando, FL
This is from LifeSiteNews.com web site...
BTW, I truly believe that Pope Benedict is watching this fiasco at Notre Dame and taking notes!
Notre Dame alumni — hold your contributions and email them and tell them that you are doing it!
No money — hopefully no Obama.