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Flash: Fr. Jenkins announces will transfer Laetare Medal + White House responds to Glendon Refusal
American Papist ^ | April 27, 2009 | Thomas Peters

Posted on 04/27/2009 1:17:07 PM PDT by NYer

Flash: Fr. Jenkins announces he will transfer Laetare Medal

This has all the signs of a knee-jerk half-baked response to Glendon's morning bombshell:
Statement by Father John Jenkins on the Laetare Medal

The following statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, is in response to the decision by Mary Ann Glendon to decline acceptance of the University’s Laetare Medal:

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.” (University of Notre Dame Office of News & Information)
... and that's it.

He only registers "disappointment", not even attempting to answer her arguments.

In a scramble, they have no fall-back award recipient because they were presuming she would accept. Instead, they are left pulling out the Rolodex.

"Nothing to see here. Moving on."

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Breaking: White House responds to Glendon Refusal

David Brody at CBN News passes along the short communique:

“President Obama is disappointed by former Ambassador Mary Glendon’s decision, but he looks forward to delivering an inclusive and respectful speech at the Notre Dame graduation, a school with a rich history of fostering the exchange of ideas. While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”

Jen Psaki, White House Deputy Press Secretary

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; flendon; glendon; jenkins; laetare; maryannglendon; ndu; notredame; obama; prolife
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1 posted on 04/27/2009 1:17:08 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
FULL TEXT OF GLENDON'S REFUSAL

She had been notably silent about accepting the honor, now we know why. She just faxed this letter to the president of Notre Dame at 9:30AM this morning:

{update - Fr. Jenkins has issued a response.}

Dear Father Jenkins,

When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.

Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.

First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.

Then I learned that “talking points” issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:

• “President Obama won’t be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal.”

• “We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about.”

A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am 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.

In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.

Yours Very Truly,

Mary Ann Glendon

[source: First Things - which appears to be inundated with traffic...]

{update - Fr. Jenkins has issued a response.}

update: LifeNews adds a little context. update 2: expert commentary posted here.


2 posted on 04/27/2009 1:18:45 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer
"...It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient..."

Hot Potato here.

3 posted on 04/27/2009 1:21:13 PM PDT by ex91B10
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To: NYer

Anyone that accepts that award will be regarded as a pariah amongst Catholics


4 posted on 04/27/2009 1:22:00 PM PDT by prismsinc (A.K.A. "The Terminator"!)
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To: NYer
Ooh, ooh, ooh! Let me guess — George Tiller, ooh, no...wait, maybe Kathleen Sebelius or Hillary Clinton or Jocelyn Elder? I assume they'll want a woman (since they already have Obama) — just who else could they put their thumbs in our eyes with? Gee, this is harder than I thought.
5 posted on 04/27/2009 1:22:48 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: NYer

“...the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”

Snif.


6 posted on 04/27/2009 1:23:45 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: NYer

I’m disgusted.


7 posted on 04/27/2009 1:25:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Why don’t they just award the medal to Dr. Tiller. Maybe this young lady could give him the award.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,236279,00.html


8 posted on 04/27/2009 1:25:24 PM PDT by detective
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Hey, Jenkins, I hear that Rembert Weakland’s schedule is open that day...


9 posted on 04/27/2009 1:25:29 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: ex91B10

Nancy Pelosi?


10 posted on 04/27/2009 1:26:01 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: NYer

Fr. Jenkins has already sold his soul...not sure what he is bargaining for now...but he doesn’t have anything of value left to offer this once fine university.


11 posted on 04/27/2009 1:27:52 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Caroline Kennedy


12 posted on 04/27/2009 1:28:18 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: NYer

The medal is tainted. Anyone who accepts it will know that they weren’t Notre Dame’s first choice, and that they only got the medal because a better person said “no thankyou”.

Anybody with any self-respect would politely decline to accept it under such circumstances.


13 posted on 04/27/2009 1:29:22 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: NYer
Already posted here: Statement by Father John Jenkins on the Laetare Medal (Will Announce Replacement ASAP)
14 posted on 04/27/2009 1:29:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: 353FMG
Excellent call. Yes, that's it. I'm certain she'd be all a twitter over it. See what happens when we all put our thinking caps on and brainstorm? We, too, can be odiously offensive to those with whom we're supposed to be in communion. Father Jenkins — Let's hear it for Nancy Polosi!!!!
15 posted on 04/27/2009 1:29:57 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: B-Chan

Lol!!!


16 posted on 04/27/2009 1:30:14 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Hmmm... I wonder what zer0 has on this guy? Or what he’s getting from zer0?

Something big, I suppose. Lots of our money, or maybe quashing pedophile priest stories, or dropping investigations?


17 posted on 04/27/2009 1:31:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: ex91B10; bcsco; PJ-Comix

I nominate FR’s own Charles Henrickson.

He’s a (small ‘c’ catholic) and the Roman Church doesn’t recognize his ordination as “apostlic”, kinda making him a layman. And, he’s done great things for the (capital ‘C’) Church!


18 posted on 04/27/2009 1:31:33 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Fantasywriter

Another great call. Didn’t Rome just give her a thumbs down on the very position Ms. Glendon once held. Of course! Gosh, we’re on a roll.


19 posted on 04/27/2009 1:31:43 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: NYer

I’ve heard Ward Churchill is available.


20 posted on 04/27/2009 1:32:10 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: 353FMG

Bill Ayers?
Father Pflager?
Rod Blagojovich?
Rev Wright?
Ahmadenijad?
Fidel or Rauol Castro?
Al Gore?
Hillary?

No problem for Notre Dame, the possibilities are endless.


21 posted on 04/27/2009 1:32:41 PM PDT by Sir Clancelot
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To: NYer

I am full of admiration for Mary Ann Glendon’s principled action.

The White House statement refers to how Mr. Obama “governs.” I was under the impression that he has only a share of the authority parceled out by the Constitution.


22 posted on 04/27/2009 1:33:22 PM PDT by buridan
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

It would be a consolation prize for Caroline Kennedy not getting the Vatican Ambassadorship.


23 posted on 04/27/2009 1:33:33 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: prismsinc

John Kerry will be honored to accept this years Laetare Medal.

He will put it next to his three unearned purple hearts and the three band aids that correspond to them.


24 posted on 04/27/2009 1:34:49 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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I'm pretty sure Father Jenkins is feeling a little low at this point...I know — Let's send him a letter with our suggestions — let him know he can count on us when times are tough. C’mon, we can do it — yes we can! Freepers have the best minds in the world, so let's give him a hand.
25 posted on 04/27/2009 1:35:43 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Fantasywriter
Eggsactly! Such a great idea. After all, it's all about feelings, isn't it?
26 posted on 04/27/2009 1:39:00 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: NYer

God bless this good woman. ND should not have said that it would award the medal to another until they had found someone who would accept it. They may well end up with even more egg on their faces.


27 posted on 04/27/2009 1:40:34 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Sir Clancelot
“No problem for Notre Dame, the possibilities are endless.”

Sadly, you're right.

28 posted on 04/27/2009 1:40:42 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

If some Freeper actually had the time and initiative to send our suggestions to Jenkins it would be GREAT. That is a very good idea!


29 posted on 04/27/2009 1:40:46 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Bahbah

We can hope.


30 posted on 04/27/2009 1:41:56 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: ex91B10

E-Bay?


31 posted on 04/27/2009 1:42:14 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; Charles Henrickson

I second that!


32 posted on 04/27/2009 1:42:19 PM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: buridan

I’m surprised the WH response doesn’t use the word ‘rules’ instead of ‘governs’. Maybe they’re saving that for next year...


33 posted on 04/27/2009 1:42:48 PM PDT by OriginalChristian (If you can't get Life right, nothing else you think or say matters....)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

CAROLINE KENNEDY!!!!! Yeah that’s the one who should get this reward!! Thank GOD for Mary Ann Glendon!!


34 posted on 04/27/2009 1:44:47 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: prismsinc
Anyone that accepts that award will be regarded as a pariah amongst Catholics

Murder never hurt a Kennedy.

35 posted on 04/27/2009 1:48:21 PM PDT by ex91B10
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To: NYer

The good father is waiting to hear from Obama as to what he is supposed to do and who shoulod recieve the award.


36 posted on 04/27/2009 1:57:19 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really! It's time; NOW)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; trisham; NYer; kassie
While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”

Sorry... Obambi doesn't care to debate or listen to opposing views. He said the same thing before rescinding the ban on embryo stem cell research. It sounds all cozy, but there is no room for debate with these people.

If he had any respect for the Catholic Church he would have respectfully declined the invitation to speak there, knowing the furor he would be causing.

37 posted on 04/27/2009 2:09:35 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; bcsco

Good for Mary Ann Glendon. I applaud her standing on principle. “See you Laetare!”


38 posted on 04/27/2009 2:14:49 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Pro-life, and therefore anti-Obama)
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To: Northern Yankee

Agreed.


39 posted on 04/27/2009 2:15:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: prismsinc

That can always give it to Kmiec. It’s not an ambassadorship to the Vatican, but he needs something for his betrayal.


40 posted on 04/27/2009 2:20:44 PM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: Charles Henrickson
“See you Laetare!”

Only you would come up with that. Magnificent!

41 posted on 04/27/2009 2:21:18 PM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: Sir Clancelot

You forgot to include Barney Frank.


42 posted on 04/27/2009 2:34:51 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: Sir Clancelot

You forgot to include Barney Frank.


43 posted on 04/27/2009 2:34:51 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: NYer

Paging Judas... 30 pieces of silver are up for grabs.


44 posted on 04/27/2009 2:38:23 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: All
Keep FReeping Notre Dame.

1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8


45 posted on 04/27/2009 2:50:02 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: irishjuggler

46 posted on 04/27/2009 2:51:42 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: irishjuggler

47 posted on 04/27/2009 2:53:29 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

The Notre Dame should recant or be renamed Une Autre Dame (French, loosely “Some Other Lady”).


48 posted on 04/27/2009 2:54:39 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: NYer

Doug Kmiec would be happy to accept the award in which case it should be renamed as the Apostate of the Year award.


49 posted on 04/27/2009 2:56:07 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: NYer

Fr. Jenkins has apparently turned in his shovel and taken out the bulldozer.

Stop digging Father!


50 posted on 04/27/2009 2:59:06 PM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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