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The Notre Dame Brand
National Catholic Register ^ | 5/8/09 | Patrick Lencioni

Posted on 05/17/2009 9:35:36 AM PDT by GonzoII

National Catholic Register


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The Notre Dame Brand

BY Patrick Lencioni

May 17-23, 2009 Issue | Posted 5/8/09 at 10:57 AM

 

Lest anyone think that the current graduation speaker controversy at the University of Notre Dame is merely a matter of partisan politics and media hype, it is worth a closer look. What is happening right now in South Bend, Ind., is not simply a critical moment of truth for a vaunted institution; it is also one of the greatest case studies ever about organizational identity and core principles.

When Jerry Porras and Jim Collins published their classic book Built to Last almost 20 years ago, they made the case that enduring institutions succeed by adhering to a core ideology, a combination of core values and core purpose. And one of the best ways to tell whether an organization is serious about those principles — and not merely using them as marketing fodder on posters and in brochures — is to see whether the organization will stand by them even in the face of punishment and criticism.

One company known for its adherence to core values is Southwest Airlines. There is a legendary story about an unhappy customer who sent a letter to Herb Kelleher, the founder and then CEO, complaining about the jokes that a flight attendant was mixing into his pre-flight safety announcements. Keep in mind that humor is and has always been a core value at Southwest.

Most CEOs in Kelleher’s situation would have sent the customer a note thanking her for her input, reminding her that she was a valued frequent flyer, and assuring her that safety was indeed important to the airline.

They might also call the local gate agents at the offending airport to remind them to keep the announcements appropriate. But Kelleher took a different approach, sending the woman a letter with just three words in it: “We’ll miss you.” There was no way he was going to violate one of his company’s core principles simply to please a constituency that didn’t appreciate the organization’s culture. To do so would be to sell its soul.

This brings us to Notre Dame and the unenviable situation facing Father Jenkins, the school’s current leader.

The first question that Father Jenkins must answer is this: What is at the core of your institution, and what are you willing to be punished and criticized for defending?

There are two clear choices.

One choice is the central teachings of the Catholic Church and the school’s reputation of faithfulness to those teachings. The other is the school’s reputation among academia and the media as an elite educational institution open to all points of view.

As much as some people would like to believe that Father Jenkins can have his cake and eat it too, there is no avoiding the dilemma that one principle will have to take priority over the other. And regardless of which way he goes, he will be criticized; he’ll just need to decide whose criticism matters more.

A second question that Father Jenkins needs to answer is this: Are there any issues that, if a president or politician were to support, would justify rescinding his invitation? Or does prestige and intellectual tolerance trump all other values? A hypothetical might help Father Jenkins here.

Suppose that a U.S. president held views that were clearly racist. Would Notre Dame still invite him to speak? And would it defend that decision by touting his other good qualities and his presidential stature? I would guess not. Why? Because one of the central teachings of Christ and the Church is that all people deserve love and dignity, something that racism always violates. Or would it be because it was politically incorrect and would provoke an outcry — and rightly so — from the media and academia?

What about a president who had made it clear through his words and actions that he was completely indifferent to the plight of the poor and to those with AIDS? Would he be awarded an honorary doctorate in the humanities? I don’t think so. Why? Because those views would fly in the face of the teachings of Christ and the Church. Or, again, would it be because of the criticism it would provoke from the world?

All of this begs the question: Are racism and indifference to the poor worse than abortion? In the eyes of much of the mainstream media and many people in the secular world, probably. But in the eyes of those who are faithful to the teachings of Christ and the Church he founded, one could never make that case. Father Jenkins would certainly agree with this.

So why would he even consider having President Obama speak, let alone honor him with a degree, even after so many have expressed their horror?

For one, there is the pain of the criticism he would have to endure, something none of us should underestimate. Rescinding Obama’s invitation would provoke a backlash from the media and members of academia, some of whom are on his own faculty who would say it was inconsistent, even racist. After all, Presidents Carter and Clinton were both pro-choice/pro-abortion, and they were allowed to speak. Is Obama different because he is African-American?

Regardless of whether the other pro-choice presidents should have been invited, it is undeniable that Obama goes far beyond them when it comes to his views on life. He has vowed, as one of the primary goals of his administration, to destroy every restriction on abortion put in place over the past 30 years, including the ban on the barbaric and grotesque procedure of partial-birth abortion. He has cast the deciding vote on two occasions to block the providing of care to babies who were born alive after failed abortion attempts. He is threatening to force doctors, nurses and Catholic hospitals to perform abortions and to do away with their conscience rights.

He has dismissed the life of an unborn child by referring to it as a “punishment” that someone who makes a “mistake” shouldn’t have to endure.

Now, regardless of one’s personal views on the issue of abortion, it is an objective fact that when it comes to matters of protecting the lives of the unborn, partially born, and “mistakenly born,” Barack Obama is more radical than any president or mainstream politician in American history. This is why Father Jenkins’ decision is so momentous and will have such a profound and irreversible impact on the school.

He will either bow to the pressures of the secular and academic world and honor his invitation to the president, choosing to disenfranchise those who see Notre Dame as Catholic first and academic second, or he should even now politely and humbly rescind his invitation to the president and make it clear to the world that more than the need to please academia and the media, it is the adherence to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church that is really at the core of the university. That would speak louder than any poster, brochure or half-time television commercial ever could.

Patrick Lencioni is the author of seven best-selling business books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and a Harvard Business Review contributor.


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 Who is like unto God?........ Lk:10:18:
 And he said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven.
1 posted on 05/17/2009 9:35:36 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII
Liberty vs. tyranny! That was the question at America's founding, and the Founders' decision was for liberty. It was expressed in the founding documents and in their writings.

The underlying principle at the heart of America's constitutional protections, according to Thomas Jefferson, is declared in these words:

"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."

Life and liberty, therefore, once "endowed" by the "Creator," are inseparable and "unalienable." Thus, the first claim asserted by America's Founders was to an inherent, "Creator-endowed," unalienable and inseparable right to life and liberty which is prior to the right of any other being's determination (including the woman whose body houses the developing child).

If rights came to us by "grants" from individuals or collections of individuals (judges, legislators, or the executive branch), then the consequence of that idea would be that those rights would be "alienable"--an idea in opposition to the Declaration and the Constitution's goal of securing the "Blessings of Liberty."

Hopefully, more and more Americans will come to realize that "ideas have consequences." In the society, once the concept is accepted that life and liberty are not inherent and derived from the Creator, but by permission (grant) of individuals or government, then no person's life and liberty is secure at any point.

The question being highlighted by today's events at Notre Dame is crucial to the preservation of liberty for all citizens--not just those in the womb.

2 posted on 05/17/2009 9:40:11 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: GonzoII
Who signs Father Jenkins paycheck ?
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

3 posted on 05/17/2009 9:40:53 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: XeniaSt

The Board of Trustees of the UND.


4 posted on 05/17/2009 9:43:44 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Who signs the paychecks for The Board of Trustees of the UND ?

5 posted on 05/17/2009 9:46:14 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: GonzoII

Thanks for this. An excellent article.


6 posted on 05/17/2009 9:47:40 AM PDT by Crolis (Kill your television!)
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To: GonzoII

Don’t you know that Barry is a once-in-a-lifetime transformational figure, a bridge to the 7th century, a uniter of all (/sarcasm) religions. Black velvet is smoother than the silky pony would have been, or the course sandpaper-like sociopath of state. Annointed/Endorsed/Enabled BUMP!

Music to read this post by...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXVnfbiG0gg


7 posted on 05/17/2009 9:50:31 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: GonzoII
media hype,

This is what CBS radio reported this morning, in a sound-byte:

...Obama speaks at Notre Dame...protesting because the Obama abortion policy is at odds with that of former president George Bush and Vatican teaching..."

Whoever cuts and pastes the talking points for the idiot media should learn some finesse.

***

Separately, I can't see why a Catholic would cite corporations as examples of "enduring institutions." That's so '80's.

8 posted on 05/17/2009 9:50:49 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the machines will break.)
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To: GonzoII

I thought Clinton didn’t speak at ND!!??

Freegards


9 posted on 05/17/2009 9:53:55 AM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: GonzoII
As much as some people would like to believe that Father Jenkins can have his cake and eat it too, there is no avoiding the dilemma that one principle will have to take priority over the other. And regardless of which way he goes, he will be criticized; he’ll just need to decide whose criticism matters more

The Chicago Mafia that makes up his board of Regents or God! What's the over and under on the Mafia?

10 posted on 05/17/2009 9:56:48 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: XeniaSt

UND


11 posted on 05/17/2009 9:57:30 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Where does UND get it's money ?

Cut it off.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

12 posted on 05/17/2009 10:00:41 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Ransomed
"I thought Clinton didn’t speak at ND!!??"

I'm not sure that he got an Honorary Degree there??

13 posted on 05/17/2009 10:01:39 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: XeniaSt

UND gets its money from student tuition, alumni contributions and organizational grants just like all other private educational institutions organized under a board of directors or trustees. Anyone paying attention to these threads would know that by now.


14 posted on 05/17/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: GonzoII

The alumni should respond with their wallets.


15 posted on 05/17/2009 10:08:21 AM PDT by tips up
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To: tips up

This is one that will be speaking with my wallet! I have heard that so far it is estimated that $16 million in future contributions will be withheld. This story will play out over a longer time.


16 posted on 05/17/2009 10:19:52 AM PDT by koraz
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To: GonzoII

ProLife PING


17 posted on 05/17/2009 10:21:30 AM PDT by victim soul
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To: GonzoII
"enduring institutions succeed by adhering to a core ideology, a combination of core values and core purpose. And one of the best ways to tell whether an organization is serious about those principles — and not merely using them as marketing fodder on posters and in brochures — is to see whether the organization will stand by them even in the face of punishment and criticism." The GOP needs to read that book.
18 posted on 05/17/2009 10:27:13 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation; NYer; wagglebee; narses

Ping.


19 posted on 05/17/2009 10:31:57 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: big'ol_freeper
UND gets its money from student tuition, alumni contributions and organizational grants just like all other private educational institutions organized under a board of directors or trustees. Anyone paying attention to these threads would know that by now.

No need to get snarky.

You don't seem to display the lovingkindness of Jesus.

Just facilitating problem solving in a very confused issue.

Particularly since 52% of self described catholics voted for 0bama.

0bama has gone on record in favor of infanticide.

Do 52% of catholics favor Infanticide ?

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
20 posted on 05/17/2009 10:38:29 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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Particularly since 52% of self described catholics voted for 0bama.

This post is quoting non-scientific exit polling. Such quoting is a deceptive practice.

21 posted on 05/17/2009 10:40:26 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: All
Who signs the paychecks for The Board of Trustees of the UND ?

The University of Notre Dame.

22 posted on 05/17/2009 10:41:21 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Petronski
"Particularly since 52% of self described catholics voted for 0bama."

.

How bout 67% of non-HS graduates age 19-39 ? Better graphic understanding of who luvs our FAAP ? (F irst A ffirmative A ction P resident..

23 posted on 05/17/2009 10:43:44 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: XeniaSt

A greater percentage of self-described protestants voted for the guy first of all. Your constant belittling of Christ’s Church is what is opposed to the loving kindness of Christ. In fact it is diametric to it.


24 posted on 05/17/2009 10:54:50 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Your constant belittling of Christ’s Church is what is opposed to the loving kindness of Christ. In fact it is diametric to it.

Have a wonderful journey on the wide road.

I will enter through the narrow gate of YHvH's Word.

See Matthew 7

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
25 posted on 05/17/2009 11:07:18 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: XeniaSt
Particularly since 52% of self described Catholics voted for 0bama.

You're right.....I don't understand what all the hullabaloo is about. They can have him!

26 posted on 05/17/2009 11:08:30 AM PDT by Diego1618 (Put "Ron" on the rock!)
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To: XeniaSt

Get behind me satan.


27 posted on 05/17/2009 11:10:14 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: XeniaSt; big'ol_freeper
Particularly since 52% of self described catholics [sic] voted for 0bama.

As did over half of non-Catholic Christians, who you are as much at odds with as you are Catholics over your denial of the Trinity, yet you seem to contain your vitriol to Catholicism.

And let's not forget that over THREE-QUARTERS of Jews voted for Obama, so maybe you should focus on that.

28 posted on 05/17/2009 11:12:31 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GonzoII
As much as some people would like to believe that Father Jenkins can have his cake and eat it too, there is no avoiding the dilemma that one principle will have to take priority over the other. And regardless of which way he goes, he will be criticized; he’ll just need to decide whose criticism matters more.

The only criticism that should matter to Father Jenkins is God's. It matters a heck of a lot more.

29 posted on 05/17/2009 11:14:50 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: Petronski

Sorry, I meant to ping you to this.


30 posted on 05/17/2009 11:15:03 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Diego1618
You're right.....

He's right in one way: he accurately quoted useless exit polling data. It's still useless exit polling data.

31 posted on 05/17/2009 11:15:45 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: wagglebee
As did over half of non-Catholic Christians, who you are as much at odds with as you are Catholics over your denial of the Trinity, yet you seem to contain your vitriol to Catholicism.

And let's not forget that over THREE-QUARTERS of Jews voted for Obama, so maybe you should focus on that.

I don't think
Bob Jones University,
Liberty University or
Oral Roberts University
will give 0bama a Doctorate.

Torah observant Jews did not vote for 0bama.

Jews who follow the Traditions of Man voted for 0bama.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
32 posted on 05/17/2009 11:20:52 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: wagglebee; XeniaSt; Petronski

It is a sad example of the fruits of heresy...a sick heart.


33 posted on 05/17/2009 11:21:00 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

How funny! I’ve heard the same argument from 5 year old’s...”He did it first...”
If Protestants are not part of Christ’s church, who cares what they do?
Is your response Christ-like?
Some things never change.


34 posted on 05/17/2009 11:21:53 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo

He’s not justifying any vote for Obama, he’s pointing out the hypocrisy of certain posters.


35 posted on 05/17/2009 11:23:49 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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Bob Jones University

Ah yes, that beacon of Christian Love.

36 posted on 05/17/2009 11:24:28 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Petronski

LOL...indeed. Snake Oil U.


37 posted on 05/17/2009 11:25:45 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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I don't think Bob Jones University, Liberty University or Oral Roberts University will give 0bama a Doctorate.

Nor would a great many GENUINELY Catholic universities.

Nobody is debating that once-great Catholic universities like Georgetown and Notre Dame have been overcome by secularists, but let's not forget that universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia were ALL founded at Protestant schools and have fallen victim to the same peril.

Torah observant Jews did not vote for 0bama.

Neither did devout Catholics.

Jews who follow the Traditions of Man voted for 0bama.

Then perhaps instead of expressing your hatred of those who believe in the Holy Trinity you should focus on getting 75% of the Jews to observe the Torah instead of secularism.

38 posted on 05/17/2009 11:29:48 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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“He’s not justifying any vote for Obama, he’s pointing out the hypocrisy of certain posters.”

This is a Catholic thread, and a vital issue. I read these threads because I want to understand how Catholics defend their faith when under fire.
“Here I stand, I can do no other.” Martin Luther
You don’t have to agree with Martin Luther to admire his courage and conviction. And under fire, true faith doesn’t worry about where anyone else stands or does. And that is what I am looking for as I read these threads.


39 posted on 05/17/2009 11:39:32 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: XeniaSt
From tuitions, donors (mostly wealthy alumni) and foundations.

And $14 million of it has already been cut off in protest.

40 posted on 05/17/2009 11:41:54 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: wagglebee
Then perhaps instead of expressing your hatred of those who believe in the Holy Trinity you should focus on getting 75% of the Jews to observe the Torah instead of secularism.

My instructions are to preach the Word of Elohim to all.

That since James, half-brother to Yah'shua
ruled as head of the Council of Jerusalem to include

Act 15:21 "For Moses from ancient generations
has in every city those who preach him( the Torah),
since he(Torah) is read in the synagogues every Shabbat."
I am not responsible for anyone's salvation but my own.
I am just to preach the Holy Word to all.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things
to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to {His} purpose.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
41 posted on 05/17/2009 11:49:00 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
From tuitions, donors (mostly wealthy alumni) and foundations.

And $14 million of it has already been cut off in prote

Thank you for your kindness.

Someone needs to witness Yah'shua's Word to Jenkins.

Or perhaps de-frock him.

So he does not lead others astray.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
42 posted on 05/17/2009 11:54:43 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: GonzoII
"One choice is the central teachings of the Catholic Church and the school’s reputation of faithfulness to those teachings. The other is the school’s reputation among academia and the media as an elite educational institution open to all points of view."

Inviting obama to speak at Commencement is not the issue. One can object to that as being offensive due to his stance on abortion or think it's a great idea to have the first mixed race President speak to the graduating class. His speaking there doesn't violate flagrantly violate Catholic teachings and by itself wouldn't cause such an outcry.

The issue is giving obama an honorary degree, with a side issue of making the ceremony more about him than about celebrating the students' accomplishments. The honorary degree is the violation. Either Church doctrine means something or it doesn't. Clearly, ND, thanks to Fr. Jenkins, has said it doesn't.

43 posted on 05/17/2009 12:04:34 PM PDT by GBA
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To: XeniaSt
"Thank you for your kindness. Someone needs to witness Yah'shua's Word to Jenkins. Or perhaps de-frock him. So he does not lead others astray.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach"

So very true. There's something for us to pray for!

44 posted on 05/17/2009 3:25:14 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Pray (Pray!) Oh yes we pray (Pray!) - We've got to pray just to make it today." ---- MC Hammer)
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To: XeniaSt

Notre Dame University.


45 posted on 05/17/2009 3:34:34 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: big'ol_freeper

46 posted on 05/17/2009 3:35:34 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: XeniaSt

**Do 52% of catholics favor Infanticide ? **

No, the ratio is now 60 - 30 something pro-life.


47 posted on 05/17/2009 3:36:38 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Sad, but so true. I will pop a bottle of champagne the day that Jenkins is removed, and finish the bottle if they name a replacement who upholds the Catholic faith in its fullness of Truth.


48 posted on 05/17/2009 3:38:24 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: XeniaSt

Likewise, only Catholics in Name Only voted for Obama. Not REAL Catholics!

BTW the percentage you quote is wrong. It was 46 percent — still far too many in my opinion.

How did the Jewish Population vote? Are there JINOs too?


49 posted on 05/17/2009 3:38:37 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: GBA
The issue is giving obama an honorary degree

A lot of folks have been saying that, and if it were just a speaking engagement I might (emphasis on might) agree. But for commencement speakers should challenge the students to higher ideals. There is no way this turd of a president could fill that function. I say the jerk should not be there in any capacity...dripping his sleaze on that stage.

50 posted on 05/17/2009 3:41:06 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ([Advocate for] Mitt Romney[?], God help you, but you're on the wrong website ~ Jim Robinson)
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