Skip to comments.Catholics Overwhelmingly Oppose ND Honor to Obama: Ramussen Poll
Posted on 05/08/2009 3:23:17 AM PDT by topher
Thursday May 7, 2009
Catholics Overwhelmingly Oppose Notre Dame Honor to Obama: Ramussen Poll
May 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that more than twice as many Americans - and a wider margin of Catholics - oppose the University of Notre Dame's decision to give an honorary law degree to President Barack Obama, as those who support it.
"Faithful Catholics are sick to the heart over this scandal, which reflects decades of such scandals in our Catholic institutions," said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society.
"The Rasmussen poll confirms that this is not about politics
It's about Catholics who are fed up with Catholic institutions betraying their bishops and putting secular prestige ahead of principle, thereby undermining their own Church on the most serious moral issues of the day."
Rasmussen Reports confirms in its poll summary that "the discomfort on the issue is focused on the university decision rather than on the president," and "the response is tied more closely to the violation of the bishops' guidelines that to the policy issue concerning abortion." While pro-life Americans strongly oppose the Notre Dame honor, even "pro-choice" respondents are evenly split as to whether Notre Dame should snub the Catholic bishops.
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The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that, by a 60% to 25% margin, U.S. Catholics say Notre Dame should obey guidelines issued by the U.S. bishops and refrain from awarding an honorary degree to the president. Among all Americans, 52% oppose the honor and 25% support it.
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In 2004 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement which reads, in part: "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."
Yet the majority of “Catholics” voted for him. Go figure. You can’t have it both ways.
Folks in South Bend are learning about "Choice" Trucks" and seeing the RCC Airplane flying overhead... These are part of an effort by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform to educate people...
Unfortunately the Catholic Church has a liberal side and a conservative side, much divided as is our country. Their is a battle within to not let liberlism destroy the Church just as we battle to save our country.
Funny how he can decline the opportunity to attend a Catholic sponsored Prayer Breakfast but has no problem attending a Catholic (well use to be Catholic)University graduation.
Wonder what happen to all that opportunity to dialog???
They always said that the day a marxist becomes president, is the day that pigs will fly. 100 days after his inauguration... Swine Flu
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Alan Keyes is supposed to be arrested on the Notre Dame Campus today...
In a sense, this is turning out to be a disaster for Obama and pro-choice Catholics, as well as the Pro-Choice (abortion/culture of death) movement...
People are realizing: "Obama stands for that -- I wish I knew that before the election."
Of course, I could be wrong... But these poll numbers seem to indicate a disaster for Obama and Notre Dame...
and yet the offer still stands. The president of ND needs to go and NOW!
Oh, so there were pigs on that NYC flyover.
Obama is going to use the ND platform to propose various things to reduce abortion, however, we have to look at what he does and not what he says.
The man’s speech is very seductive. What you hear is not what he means.
So far, he has promoted policies in embryonic stem-cell research, and promoted abortion worldwide by reversing Bush’s policy.
That’s far from pro-life.
All of the ND staff who approved this should be fired.
If Hussein had half a heart, he would see it was tearing up the school and excuse himself. He won’t because his ego won’t allow that.
Hey maybe had Catholics voted against him by the same margin this would not have happened.
On this particular subject, there should be a price to pay for Notre Dame's behavior. Go ahead and "do bad" but here's the penalty. What's the penalty? If there is no penalty, then why are we having this discussion. (Maybe Notre Dame will go to hell instead of heaven?). Cut off the funding for them, stop them from being a Catholic university ... who controls that kind of thing and why are they NOT controlling it? And if nobody can control it, then why don't we change the subject?
Imagine if Mary, aka Notre Dame, had an abortion.
I know the Catholics that voted for Obama. They are good people but don’t think critically. I write a column for my local paper and clearly detailed Obama’s horrific record on abortion several times. I know that these people read my column. They had the facts, they just chose to ignore or not believe them.
Many were influenced by their liberal college-aged children who were passionate supporters of the new messiah.
No one from the Church challenges these people to think. They’ve become intellectually lazy.
Its really sad.
If only that percentage of Americans opposed honoring him with the Presidency.
“I’m “losing” it on many fronts. The MAJORITY of catholics don’t want this to happen ... but it happens. The majority of people don’t want gay marriage ... but it happens. On and on and on ... when will the MAJORITY of people be heard.”
Very, very good point. This is not a battle that can be fought in the public arena alone. This is a spiritual battle that is being fought in many dimensions.
Trust in Jesus. Many are in despair, or believe we are unable to change what is occurring and that is a spiritual attack.
The end has been written already. We can only do what we can with the arms we have been given: The Eucharist, prayer, our Lady, and the spiritual arms of the Bible and the Church. We can write and demonstrate and call on our leaders, but I do sense a spiritual miasma growing thicker by the day.
We are the grunts out here using the weapons we have been given. The enemy lost 2009 years ago. This is but the final moping up of the insurgents.
Perhaps Notre Dame has helped educate Catholics on the sad state of many Catholic colleges especially Notre Dame. In the current issue of Catholic NY Mary Ann Glendon points out that Obama’s opposition to basic beliefs of the Catholic Church goes back to his student days at Harvard.Some HONOREE?
I’ve got to agree, I do NOT think his speech is “seductive” I think it’s creepy. My internal red flags are all up whenever he speaks.
I am very happy to see so many Bishops and others that are vocally opposing honoring B. Hussein. I think it is a disgraceful for Notre Dame to honor him in this way when he spits on the most fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church.
FWIW - I am Catholic and voted against him. I thought his views on abortion and the birth of Sarah Palin’s down syndrome son were an obvious indicator of good v. evil - I had hoped that most of the electorate could have seen this, too.
I’ve been with highly educated, very thoughtful people around the beltway and they are enthralled by this man’s speeches. He says absolutely nothing, and they can’t think of anything but buzzwords when describing his statements.
Because you are not seduced doesn’t mean others aren’t.
Very telling that Murphy failed to post this story. I seriously doubt he’ll be posting the link to this article on your homepage.
And just how would I manage to post anything to topher's homepage?
The bishops who have so far expressed disapproval of Notre Dame's invitation to Obama (in alphabetical order) are:
Current count: 68 bishops
Bishop Joseph V. Adamec - Altoona-Johnstown, PA
Bishop John D'Arcy - Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN
LSN Report: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09032408.html
Bishop Samuel Aquila - Fargo, ND
Bishop Gregory Aymond - Austin, TX
Bishop Robert Baker - Birmingham, AL
Bishop Gerald Barbarito - Palm Beach, FL
Bishop Leonard Blair - Toledo, OH
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (Archbishop Emeritus) - Philadelphia, PA
Bishop Lawrence Brandt - Greensburg, PA
Archbishop Daniel Buechlein - Indianapolis, IN
Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - Lincoln, NE
Archbishop Eusebius Beltran - Oklahoma City, OK
Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú - San Antonio, TX
Archbishop Charles Chaput - Denver, CO
Bishop Paul Coakley - Salina, KS
Bishop Edward Cullen - Allentown, PA
Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio - Brooklyn, NY
Statement: http://thetablet.org/05092009/columns_bishop.html )
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo - Houston, TX
Archbishop Timothy Dolan - New York, NY
Bishop Thomas Doran - Rockford, IL
Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty - Scranton, PA
Bishop Robert Finn - Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
Bishop Joseph Galante - Camden, NJ
Bishop Victor Galeone - St. Augustine, FL
Cardinal Francis George - Chicago, IL; President, USCCB
Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger - Evansville, IN
Archbishop José Gomez - San Antonio, TX
Bishop Bernard Harrington - Winona, MN
Bishop Robert Hermann - St. Louis, MO
Bishop William Higi - Lafayette, IN
Archbishop Alfred Hughes - New Orleans, LA
Bishop Michael O. Jackels - Wichita, KS
Bishop James V. Johnston - Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
Bishop Peter Jugis - Charlotte, NC
Bishop Joseph Latino - Jackson, MS
Bishop John LeVoir - New Ulm, MN
Bishop Jerome Listecki - La Crosse, WI
Bishop William E. Lori - Bridgeport, CT
Bishop Paul Loverde - Arlington, VA
Bishop George Lucas - Springfield, IL
Bishop Robert Lynch - St. Petersburg, FL
Bishop Joseph Martino - Scranton, PA
Bishop John McCormack - Manchester, NH
Bishop Robert Morlino - Madison, WI
Bishop William Murphy - Rockville Centre, NY
Bishop George Murry - Youngstown, OH
Archbishop John J. Myers - Newark, NJ
Archbishop Joseph Naumann - Kansas City, KS
Bishop R. Walker Nickless - Sioux City, IA
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt - St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien - Baltimore, MD
Bishop Thomas Olmsted - Phoenix, AZ
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk - Cincinnati, OH
Bishop Reymundo Pena - Brownsville, TX
Bishop Glen Provost - Lake Charles, LA
Bishop David Ricken - Green Bay, WI
Cardinal Justin Rigali - Philadelphia, PA; Chairman, USCCB Pro-Life Committee
Bishop Kevin Rhoades - Harrisburg, PA
Bishop Alexander Sample - Marquette, MI
Bishop Edward J. Slattery - Tulsa, OK
Bishop Richard Stika - Knoxville, TN
Bishop Anthony Taylor - Little Rock, AR
Bishop George Thomas - Helena, MT
Bishop Robert Vasa - Baker, OR
Bishop Michael Warfel - Great Falls-Billings, MT
Bishop Thomas Wenski - Orlando, FL
Archbishop Donald Wuerl - Washington, D.C.
Bishop David Zubick - Pittsburgh, PA
For a list of contact information regarding the Notre Dame scandal, go to: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09032706.html
Catholics are starting to listen to the GOOD bishops!
Which corroborates a larger principle: in any segment of population and on any issue, the better informed the sample respondents are, the more conservative their opinions become.
why this can’t be, the MSM tells us 0bama receives great support from the Catholic community (/sarc)