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White House Expects Obama to Wear Traditional Notre Dame Robe That Bears Prayer to Virgin Mary
CNSNews.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Fred Lucas

Posted on 04/28/2009 4:07:24 AM PDT by Man50D

President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary when he speaks at the University of Notre Dame next month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com on Monday.

Gibbs spoke on the same day that a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican declined to accept an award from the Catholic university because of the invitation extended to Obama.

Obama’s upcoming commencement speech at Notre Dame has sparked protest among many Catholics because of the president’s support for abortion rights.

“I honestly don’t know what the dress code is for that day. I can assume that the president would wear what one traditionally wears at that commencement,” Gibbs told CNSNews.com during Monday’s White House press briefing.

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told CNSNews.com earlier this month that the university expects Obama to wear the robe.

The question was posed after the monogram “IHS,” which symbolizes the name of Jesus, was covered up when Obama spoke at Georgetown University, a Jesuit university. Georgetown officials said the “IHS” was covered at the request of the White House. See earlier story

On Monday, Mary Ann Glendon, a pro-life Harvard University professor and the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican under the Bush administration, declined to accept the Laetare Medal, an annual award given by Notre Dame to a layperson for outstanding service to the Roman Catholic Church.

In a letter to the Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, Glendon wrote, “I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree.”

Glendon, who would have given a brief acceptance speech upon receiving the Laetare Medal, said that such a platform was not the “right vehicle” to bring up the “very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision” to honor Obama.

In her letter, Glendon described the president as “an uncompromising opponent of the church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.” ( See Letter)

On Monday, Mary Ann Glendon, a pro-life Harvard University professor and the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican under the Bush administration, declined to accept the Laetare Medal, an annual award given by Notre Dame to a layperson for outstanding service to the Roman Catholic Church.

In a letter to the Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, Glendon wrote, “I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree.”

Glendon, who would have given a brief acceptance speech upon receiving the Laetare Medal, said that such a platform was not the “right vehicle” to bring up the “very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision” to honor Obama.

In her letter, Glendon described the president as “an uncompromising opponent of the church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.” (See letter)

Glendon, noting that other Catholic schools also are choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, said she was “concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.”

“It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.”

Notre Dame reportedly extended an invitation to the pro-life Glendon as a way of balancing Obama’s controversial appearance at commencement ceremonies.

Gibbs said he has “not seen any reason she (Glendon) might have given” to refuse the award at Notre Dame.

“The president looks forward greatly to delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame,” Gibbs told CNSNews.com. “Obviously any commencement is a special occasion for students and their families. I think Notre Dame has a strong record of healthy exchange of differing viewpoints. The president is glad and fortunate to have supporters of all faiths and looks forward to delivering the commencement.”

More than 330,000 have now signed the Cardinal Newman Society's petition asking Notre Dame to rescind its invitation to Obama.

The Notre Dame doctoral robe that Obama will likely wear at the speech bears two images of the school’s coat of arms, one on both the right and left chest areas.

The coat of arms and its symbolic meaning are described in “The Spirit of Notre Dame: Its History, Legends and Lore” by Dorothy V. Corson, a publication that is posted on Notre Dame’s official website.

The publication includes a detailed illustration of the coat of arms and an explanation from the February 1931 issue of The Notre Dame Alumnus magazine.

The emblem features a cross and a book with a prayer inscribed in it, a star in the upper left-hand corner and two wavy lines at the bottom.


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1 posted on 04/28/2009 4:07:24 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D
Sweet !
2 posted on 04/28/2009 4:10:06 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." - Lady Thatcher)
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To: Man50D

Notre Dame’s behavior in this mess is disgraceful. And Obama is enjoying every bit of it.


3 posted on 04/28/2009 4:10:16 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Man50D

I’m going to bed before I end up with an ulcer.


4 posted on 04/28/2009 4:11:47 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
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To: Man50D

notre dame is turning into a big liberal school. They’re too tied up into all this political correctness garbage.


5 posted on 04/28/2009 4:12:25 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Man50D
"President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary..."

Fearless prediction in two words:
1. Not
2. Happening
6 posted on 04/28/2009 4:12:35 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will Work for Ammo)
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To: Man50D

Ought to put holey water in the fire sprinkler system and set it off as obamma lamma is talking and as it rains down on him watch him melt.


7 posted on 04/28/2009 4:14:09 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Man50D

Oh yeah, sure, that’ll go over REAL WELL....


8 posted on 04/28/2009 4:15:34 AM PDT by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: Man50D

Spontaneous combustion?


9 posted on 04/28/2009 4:16:48 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Man50D

BTTT


10 posted on 04/28/2009 4:16:49 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Man50D

11 posted on 04/28/2009 4:20:03 AM PDT by 109ACS (Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
And Obama is enjoying every bit of it.

You bet he is. And he's only this emboldened because of all the success he's already had in taunting the Church with his appointments of "pro-choice" Catholics against whom the bishops said nothing until too late, or even with the insufficiently opposed attacks, clearly Bambi-sponsored, of Biden and Pelosi on the teaching power of the bishops.

If he pulls off this one - which he probably will - he knows he will no longer have anything to fear from the Church, which was the one force that could have opposed him.

12 posted on 04/28/2009 4:21:09 AM PDT by livius
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To: Man50D
...maybe they'll cover him up with a potato sack while he makes his speech with a miniature teleprompter under the burlap
13 posted on 04/28/2009 4:25:26 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Man50D

Barry, “I wasn’t aware certain people didn’t want me there”.


14 posted on 04/28/2009 4:29:26 AM PDT by wolfcreek ("unnamed "right-wing extremist")
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To: Man50D
Obama's religion will allow him to wear the robe.

The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding.” It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.

Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a “religion of peace”. A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.

Like many Islamic practices, taqiyya was formed within the context of the culture of Arab tribalism, expansionary warfare, Bedouin raiding and inter-tribal conflict. Taqiyya has been used by Muslims since the 7th century to confuse, confound and divide 'the enemy’.

A favoured tactic was ‘deceptive triangulation’; used to persuade the enemy that preparations for a raid were not aimed at them but at another tribe altogether. The fate in store for the deceived enemy target was an unexpected plunderous raid, enslavement of the women and death to the post-pubescent males.

15 posted on 04/28/2009 4:31:46 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (Trust unto God and He shall direct your path)
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To: PowderMonkey
President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary...

My guess is that someone is right now making up a 'special' presidential version of the robe that has all religious symbols/references removed. I wonder if he is going to require all of his photo op locations to be 'religion neutral'?

16 posted on 04/28/2009 4:33:48 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Doogle

Who knows, perhaps he should take the Reverend Jeremiah Wright along and have him say a few words, while including “G - - Damn” in a few of his comments, to the faculty, students, and clerics at the event.

Sadly, Notre Dame is quickly loosing its standing with many Americans.


17 posted on 04/28/2009 4:35:12 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: 109ACS

Thanks for the morning chuckle. I appreciate your mind.


18 posted on 04/28/2009 4:36:15 AM PDT by all the best
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Notre Dame’s behavior in this mess is disgraceful. And Obama is enjoying every bit of it.”

Once all the Alumni start pulling donations, within 5 years Notre Dame will be irrelevant.


19 posted on 04/28/2009 4:39:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The time has come to tell the salmon-eating international busybodies to mind their own business.")
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To: Man50D

If Obama were a man of personal conviction, and sensibilities it seems to me he would realize that conflict exists based upon his personal convictions, and tactfully withdraw from the commencement proceedings.

His apparent insistance of participating at the Notre Dame proceedings seems to me a quite “In your face” disturbance intended to mock the religious of our society.

This is an extremely shallow President.


20 posted on 04/28/2009 4:50:08 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

“If Obama were a man of personal conviction, and sensibilities it seems to me he would realize that conflict exists based upon his personal convictions, and tactfully withdraw from the commencement proceedings.

His apparent insistance of participating at the Notre Dame proceedings seems to me a quite “In your face” disturbance intended to mock the religious of our society.

This is an extremely shallow President.”

I was just getting ready to say exactly this. So very true. Obama has not one ounce of sensibilities. He sees this as a political opportunity and he’s going to milk it for all it’s worth.


21 posted on 04/28/2009 4:58:16 AM PDT by jeepers creepers
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To: Man50D
I'm sorry, but why all of the outrage? Just how many American Catholics voted for him?

When you have your religion on Sunday but live the rest of the week like hell, that is called hypocrisy. Jesus said “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. " Revelation 3:15-16. The problem isn't with Notre Dame in this one instance, the problem is with Christianity as a whole. Not just Catholics, not just Protestants. We have too many lukewarm Christians. Too many lukewarm churches.

As to my first question, I understand the outrage of many Catholics, but I have watched all of Christianity go lukewarm for many years. It is not just abortion, it is our entire culture. Are we willing to make the decision to go “hot” for Jesus, in all things?

22 posted on 04/28/2009 5:00:00 AM PDT by georgiagirl_pam
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To: livius

>> he knows he will no longer have anything to fear from the Church, which was the one force that could have opposed him.

He won’t have anything to fear, eh?

With all due respect, I think you’re confused about just Who constitutes the Power in the Church of Jesus Christ.


23 posted on 04/28/2009 5:07:28 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Man50D

>> The Notre Dame doctoral robe that Obama will likely wear at the speech bears two images of the school’s coat of arms, one on both the right and left chest areas.

It’s no problem. Michelle can just safety pin embroidered pictures of Che Guevara and Vladimir Lenin over them.


24 posted on 04/28/2009 5:10:18 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Man50D

“President Barack Obama is expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe featuring the cross and prayer of the Virgin Mary when he speaks at the University of Notre Dame next month”

The robe will likely burn his skin like acid. The cross will torment brightly and hurt his eyes. A few cloves of garlic worn by the masses will also be effective in sending him scurrying for the exits and into the comforting darkness of the night.


25 posted on 04/28/2009 5:13:39 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give to my country)
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To: boycott
notre dame is turning into a big liberal school.

Where have you been? That train left the station a long time ago.

26 posted on 04/28/2009 5:13:40 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: jeepers creepers

Will AF1 buzz the Gold Dome before or after he speaks?


27 posted on 04/28/2009 5:14:13 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: Nervous Tick

He has a lot to fear eternally, but in terms of temporal power, I think he’s got the bishops beat, or will have if he pulls this off.

This could have a serious impact on the Church and the lives of US Catholics in the near future.


28 posted on 04/28/2009 5:17:14 AM PDT by livius
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To: rockinqsranch

If Obama were a man of personal conviction, and sensibilities it seems to me he would realize that conflict exists based upon his personal convictions, and tactfully withdraw from the commencement proceedings.

His apparent insistance of participating at the Notre Dame proceedings seems to me a quite “In your face” disturbance intended to mock the religious of our society.

This is an extremely shallow President.

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It’s arrogance partly. It;s also him putting his Muslim religion in the face of Catholics.

Certainly any man with integrity would not go,wearing a robe that bears a prayer to the Blessed Mother is a great insult that should not be allowed ,even by Father Jenkins. Who ignores his faith and it’s leaders.

Any Catholic that attends this graduation is no Catholic in my mind. It should be boycotted.


29 posted on 04/28/2009 5:22:02 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Man50D

how the heck is the closet-muslim narcissist going to wear a robe with a Catholic saint and prayer when he had “IHS” covered up when he spoke at Georgetown?


30 posted on 04/28/2009 5:36:47 AM PDT by silverleaf (We live in interesting times: now the entire IRS works for a tax evader)
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To: Man50D
Here's a pretty good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHXEfNxO83w&feature=channel_page
31 posted on 04/28/2009 6:04:34 AM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: Man50D
Here's a pretty good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHXEfNxO83w&feature=channel_page">prayer song
32 posted on 04/28/2009 6:05:26 AM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: Man50D

My prediction:

Obama cancels at last minute to deal with (INSERT MANUFACTURED CRISIS HERE).

Otherwise he might get third degree burns from the cross on the garment.


33 posted on 04/28/2009 6:08:10 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9
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To: Man50D

What is needed is leadership from the Vatican. The Holy Father should in no uncertain terms denounce Obama being honored in this way.


34 posted on 04/28/2009 6:41:39 AM PDT by The Great RJ (chain.)
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To: The Great RJ
What is needed is leadership from the Vatican. The Holy Father should in no uncertain terms denounce Obama being honored in this way.

I've been saying this on many related threads. Why hasn't the Pope publicly denounced the invitation?
35 posted on 04/28/2009 7:48:07 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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