Skip to comments.Fr. Corapi On Notre Dame; (Full Text) Statement On Behalf Of The Cardinal Newman Society
Posted on 05/08/2009 6:47:04 AM PDT by NYer
NOTE: Father Corapi also prepared a video on behalf of the Cardinal Newman Society – You can view it on Father’s website and find more information and SIGN THE PETITION by clicking here.
It is my privilege to be able to deliver the following message on behalf of the Cardinal Newman Society:
As you know, the University of Notre Damean old and honored Catholic institution of higher learning in the United Statesrecently dishonored itself, and to some extent the entire Catholic world, by inviting President Barack Obama to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and to deliver the commencement address on May 17th.
Mr. Obama will be the ninth U.S. president to be awarded an honorary degree by the University and the sixth to be the Commencement speaker. He is the first to be so honored, however, that has such an obviously public and pernicious anti-life, and anti-Catholic/Christian bias.
The Catholic Church has taught and does teach that every human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a personamong which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life (CCC 2270).
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion is gravely contrary to the moral law (CCC 2271). On more than one occasion Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta called it murder.
No president in history has been so damaging to the cause of respect for life than this one, and hes only just begun. His constant and unwavering support for the right to choose the homicide of abortion is a matter of recordand not only abortion, but partial-birth abortion, infanticide, fetal stem cell research, and even removing the right of medical professionals to act in accordance with their conscience marks him as a singular enemy of essential elements of the Catholic Churchs moral teaching.
This man the University of Notre Dame invites to receive an honorary doctorate degree and deliver the commencement address? Whether intended or not, this sends a terrible message to the Catholic world and to the world at large. A picture is worth a thousand words. Which thousand words will be articulated to an already morally relativistic culture by the picture of Mr. Obama receiving such honors from a Catholic University? Metaphorically and morally its like shooting yourself in the foot. So Notre Dame limps on.
Many of you did what you could to prevent this travesty from actually happening, and at this moment barring a bolt of lightning or divine intervention, it looks like it will happen. We want to sincerely thank the more than 350,000 people that signed the petition of protest against Notre Dames obvious lack of good judgment in making a singularly public statement that not only dilutes the Universitys Catholic credibility and identity, but undermines the authentically Catholic identity and credibility of the Church in this country.
Almost 70 bishops have likewise voiced their disapproval in no uncertain terms, thereby demonstrating their courage and strong pastoral leadership. We are very thankful to them as well.
This strong and courageous witness is truly a sign of hope. It needs to grow. Authentic Catholic identity has to be restored in our Catholic Universities and other institutions of learning. If it is restored, our nation will be restored. If it is not restored we shall have much to answer for in the moral unraveling of a great nation, and ultimately the loss of souls.
The Catholic Church and its educational institutions must return to a position of strong and uncompromising moral leadership, integrity, and credibility. If we stand for nothing we begin to fall for everything. If, indeed, we choose prestige over principles and popularity over morality then we become part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Pray for the University of Notre Dame, its president, its board of directors, and students. And pray for our bishops, for in the end the burden will rest on their shoulders to decide whether the University of Notre Dame, and others like it, are Catholic or not.
The battle is not over, my friends, its just now begun in earnest. So, fight the good fight, and run the race to the finish line, for in the end we have the certain knowledge that truth will triumph over lies, light over darkness, and good over evil.
God love you. God bless you. Good bye.
Fr. John Corapi
Here is the response to the question you posted earlier in the week on the other thread.
Father Corapi is our gift from GOD.
He’s motivating me to RETURN to the church!
I pray for him and BXVI regularly
Have you heard his conversion story? It’s amazing.
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
I never thought I would say this, but here it is for what it's worth.
I DO NOT, NOR WILL I EVER, support abortion except as the last possible choice for the life of the mother. Having said that, the President is correct. It is an ethical and moral matter. It is the DUTY of the government to make certain that if abortion is offered (in my belief, under my criteria outlined above), that it is available, safe and legal. It is the DUTY of ALL men and women of faith (and those of us in Christ) to make certain that no one, other than a mother whose life may slip away, has need of one or the desire to obtain one.
Nothing will be solved until we do our jobs to educate and proselytize those over whom we have influence. You cannot legislate a change of heart. Moses found that out 5,000 years ago. So, it means we can only influence those with whom we share this road to salvation. Therefore, the Catholic Church has the right to defend itself from this assault on its values by shunning it. It means that we need to make certain this subject is taught and lived within our own lives. All life is precious. Treat it as such.
Thanks, but I’m not there yet. I’m still wandering in the desert.
Yes, his conversion is amazing...God’s grace.
Oh come on! There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that says anything about abortion.
I truly believe we are looking at a living saint. The man has made such an impact on so many lives. I’m so glad he is better!
There’s a subtle, but important distinction from having an abortion for the sake of the mother’s life, and saving the mother’s life by surgery in which the fetus dies as a result.
Take, for example, an ectopic pregnancy, when a fetus is implanted in the fallopian tube wall. Obviously, the baby can’t grow to maturity there and doing so poses a real threat to the mother’s life. If surgery is performed, the natural course to save the mother’s life is the removal of that particular fallopian tube. The embryo dying as a result is an unfortunate consequence, but not the INTENT of the action.
Abortion, per se, is the intentional killing of the infant. Surgery with the unwanted, but unavoidable death of the fetus in order to save a mother’s life is a different thing.
Also, your idea about removing the need for abortions is fine, but since the act itself destroys the life of an innocent human, it needs to be illegal, full stop.
Well said. Heartbreaking, but well said.
That's why we should legalize drunk driving, robbery, murder, prostitution, and every other vice. There's no sense in criminalizing any evil until people have a change of heart.
What I’m trying to say is we are not going to change the law, apparently. The opposition’s heart is set. Until we, as the body of Christ, change the hearts and minds of the opposition or raise up a generation strong in our beliefs, the unbelievers will have to die out in the wilderness. If we can prevent a mother by our support, her conversion, and from needing to choose that course, our chances of success are greater.
Well, if it is offered, it must be safe. I am tired of trying to keep the lemmings from falling off the cliff into the sea. It is still legal to choose not to participate — that’s what I’m hoping to protect. If we cannot provide a refuge, then we are lost.
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