Skip to comments.Archbishop Slams Obama Appearance at Notre Dame, Administration's Abortion Policies
Posted on 05/09/2009 3:20:29 PM PDT by kellynla
One of the Vatican's highest ranked clerics and a frequent critic of President Obama said Friday that Notre Dame is causing a "scandal" by giving the president an honorary degree and a platform to address graduates at its commencement next weekend.
'The proposed granting of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame University to our president, who is so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda, is rightly the source of the greatest scandal," said Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court.
Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and vocal opponent of giving communion to politicians who support abortion rights, told Catholics at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., that "with unparalleled arrogance, our nation is choosing to renounce its foundation on the faithful."
He pointed to several Obama administration decisions that he said have damaged "the fundamental society that is the family," citing the repeal of the conscience clause, which prohibits health care workers from refusing to participate in abortion-related services; repeal of the Mexico City policy, which allows federal funding to be used abroad to provide abortions; presidential support of the Freedom of Choice Act, which prevents government from in any way denying or interfering with a woman's right to choose; and support of the U.S. Population Fund, which he noted supports China's one-child policy.
He blamed loose morals for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which states have implemented to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
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Yeah, yeah, I know. It's not gonna happen, but just think how sweet it would be.
The invitation? Sure. But giving him an honorary degree? No way.
Further positive engagement? No way again. He's just using you and you are using him. Not a very nice way to relate.
They need to have a canonical procedure whereby any priest (or bishop) involved in violating Catholic teaching or church policy (or promoting anti-Catholic agendas) is immediately suspended as a priest and placed on probation.
Priests on probation should not be able to make any decisions for Catholic institutions or be permitted to handle or administer Catholic property or funds.