Skip to comments.The Pope's Stand in Obama's Notre Dame Controversy (Vatical Silent)
Posted on 05/17/2009 12:03:41 PM PDT by SkyPilot
At the rate things are going, Pope Benedict XVI may find his next trip to the U.S. dogged by airplanes overhead trailing banners with images of aborted fetuses. O.K., that's a bit of hyperbole. But while several prominent conservative Catholics in this country are apoplectic over the University of Notre Dame's invitation of the pro-choice Barack Obama to give the school's commencement address on May 17, the Vatican has stayed completely silent on the matter.
The two very different reactions to the question of whether a Catholic institution should honor anyone who disagrees with the Church's teaching on abortion are just the latest examples of the strikingly divergent responses American Catholic leaders and the Vatican have had to the Obama Administration.
Three-quarters of Catholics either approve of or offer no opinion on Notre Dame's decision to invite Obama, and the same percentage of U.S. bishops have opted to stay out of the fight.
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
More of the same.
Why won't the Vatican do things that make sense? Oppose politicians that support abortion, excommunicate the Pelosis, Kennedys, and Dodds, excommunicate homosexual clergy, and support Israel?
The Vatican will pay dearly for it’s silence.
Thanks Rome, for the support.
Not just honoring someone who disagrees with the Church, but silencing those who do agree with it. Perplexing indeed.
I think I know why the Vatican is silent. It is a secular nation-state, and wants to maintain good relations with the United States, of which Barack Hussein Obama is the President (legitimately or otherwise).
It’s a diplomatic thing.
I believe the entire Church will pay dearly not only for the Vatican’s silence but for the bishops’ spinelessness. This is their AIG/GM moment. Obama has taken over their “company” in the US. I hope they enjoy what he’s going to make of it.
As for the rest of us, just average Catholics, this is the beginning of our time of trial.
Gotta just eat up that TIME propaganda and accept it as truth hey.
It is shameful the Pope has not supported them publicly, made a statement, or even attempted to have a representative from the Vatican voice support.
If the Vatican would denounce the Democrats and Liberals for what they are - evil; then those faithless and godless people who still wish to call themselves Christians or Catholics (and yet vote for Democrats by the millions) would not be able to wear their fig leafs anymore.
Catholics have two choices; they can put ZERO in the offering from now on to protest the church’s silence. Or, they can continue to support a church who remains silent in the face of such atrocities.
Just about exactly opposite of what Jesus would do...Go figure...
Touchdown Barack wins in sudden death and spikes the baby in the endzone.
Where is the Vatican on this as Obama gets an honorary degree? Why didn't they tell Notre Dame to disinvite Obama? Where is their statement as Catholic students are arrested for opposing Obama?
I hate Time magazine too, but they are correct on this story. There is not Vatican opposition to what happened at Notre Dame this weekend.
At the 2009 Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., the Archbishop stated: The profound granting of an honorary doctorate by Notre Dame to President Obama is a source of the gravest scandal." "Catholic institutions cannot offer any platform to, let alone honor, those who teach and act publicly against the moral law. He continued: If we as individuals are not willing to accept the burdens and the suffering of the Catholic witness to the right to life, we are not worthy of the name Catholic.
In the Vatican, he is roughly equivalent to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court .
Archbishop Burke Slams Obama’s Appearance at Notre Dame
FOX News ^ | May 8, 2009 | FOXNews
Posted on Fri May 8 12:39:12 2009 by TaxachusettsMan
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.
The Catholic Church has systematically conflated tax-funded social welfare with "charity," arising out of a tragically-confused understanding of the Tenth Commandment. It is the nexus of "liberation theology."
And indeed you are wrong.
There are plenty more.
It is obvious that the church and the Pope have lost their way if this is the case.
Right, wrong, and serving The Lord and God are the bottom line. All else is less important.
I think that picture is of a student that was with a group that supported Obama at Notre Dame and he wasn’t being arrested just had his hands behind his back. There was a small group of Obama supporting students that came out when Keyes was arrested.
Also, Archbishop Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican has made statements about this.