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Notre Dameís president to join March for Life
South Bend Tribune ^ | Sep 17, 2009 | MARGARET FOSMOE

Posted on 09/17/2009 6:55:43 AM PDT by jaydubya2

SOUTH BEND -- In the aftermath of the controversial commencement visit by President Barack Obama, the University of Notre Dame's president plans to participate in the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, announced Wednesday in an e-mail to the campus community that he will participate in the Jan. 22 march. He encouraged others to join him.

A March for Life is held each January in the nation's capital on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

"I plan to participate in that march. I invite other members of the Notre Dame family to join me and I hope we can gather for a Mass for Life at that event," Jenkins wrote in the e-mail.

Jenkins declined a Tribune request for an interview. "The letter speaks for itself," university spokesman Dennis Brown said.Jenkins faced widespread criticism and calls for his firing last spring from Catholic bishops and pro-life advocates because of the commencement invitation to Obama, who supports abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research.

The priest stood firm in his decision to invite and honor the president with an honorary degree. In an address Jenkins gave at the commencement ceremony, he defended the role of the university as a place where "we will listen to all views and always bear passionate witness for what we believe."

"President Obama has come to Notre Dame, though he knows full well that we are fully supportive of the (Catholic) Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life, and we oppose his policies on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research," Jenkins said at the ceremony, drawing loud applause from the audience.

At the time, Jenkins said he would look for ways to engage the campus community with issues raised during the commencement controversy.

"As our nation continues to struggle with the morality and legality of abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and related issues, we must seek steps to witness to the sanctity of life," Jenkins wrote in the e-mail.Jenkins this month formed a campus Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life. It will be co-chaired by Margaret Brinig, a law professor and associate dean at Notre Dame Law School, and John Cavadini, a theology professor, chair of the theology department and director of the university's Institute for Church Life.

Other task force members are: Mary Ellen Konieczny, an assistant professor of sociology; the Rev. William Lies, executive director of the Center for Social Concerns; the Rev. Mark Poorman, vice president for student affairs; Frances Shavers, chief of staff and special assistant to Notre Dame's president; Todd Woodward, associate vice president for marketing communications; and Notre Dame senior Kathleen Kelley.

Jenkins has charged the task force to consider and recommend ways that Notre Dame, informed by Catholic teaching, can support the sanctity of life.

Possibilities the task force has begun to discuss, Jenkins wrote, include fostering serious and specific discussion about a reasonable conscience clause; the most effective ways to support pregnant women, especially the most vulnerable; and the best policies for encouraging adoptions.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiccolleges; highereducation; marchforlife; marchforlife2009; moralabsolutes; prolife
Not embracing and honoring a late term abortion supporter may have been more effective.


1 posted on 09/17/2009 6:55:43 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: NYer

ping


2 posted on 09/17/2009 6:57:41 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2

They should stone him.


3 posted on 09/17/2009 6:57:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's.)
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To: jaydubya2

Isn’t Jenkins still on a vendetta to prosecute the brave few “trespassers” who stood up against the One at ND with signs?

He seems like a “confused” man - a contradiction in moral ambiguity


4 posted on 09/17/2009 6:57:56 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: jaydubya2

>>>Jenkins has charged the task force to consider and recommend ways that Notre Dame, informed by Catholic teaching, can support the sanctity of life. <<<

How about not inviting a man who opposes ALL restrictions on abortion, even AFTER the baby is born alive, to speak to your graduates, while being honored with an honorary degree?

Jennkins, is an enemy of the unborn, and should be shunned and rebuked by the real pro-lifers at the march.


5 posted on 09/17/2009 7:02:35 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: jaydubya2

I hope he lets Fr. Weslin out of jail so he can march also.

(drops the charges, whatever)

The funny thing is he can feel safe in a croud of people who value life, and just as safe in a croud of abortion advocates. For two completely different reasons.

He would also get a speaking role at a pro-abort rally.


6 posted on 09/17/2009 7:08:12 AM PDT by Never on my watch (Do you REALLY think Obama is just going to let us vote him out of office?)
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To: jaydubya2

hypocrite liberal faux Catholic... whatever.. do what you want. Nobody cares.


7 posted on 09/17/2009 7:12:34 AM PDT by erman (Give a man a fire, warm him for one night. Set a man on fire, warm him for the rest of his life.)
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To: jaydubya2

Maybe he’ll see Obama on the walk and they can catch up on what’s been happening. < /s>


8 posted on 09/17/2009 7:13:14 AM PDT by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future" -Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: jaydubya2

Sit down Judas, spend your 30 pieces of silver.


9 posted on 09/17/2009 7:13:52 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: jaydubya2

Hypocrite!


10 posted on 09/17/2009 7:16:29 AM PDT by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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To: jaydubya2; NYer; Salvation; wagglebee; DirtyHarryY2K; Mrs. Don-o; narses; Pyro7480; marshmallow
In the aftermath of the controversial commencement visit by President Barack Obama, the University of Notre Dame's president plans to participate in the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

Penance is supposed to follow contrition and confession; not a substitute for...

IOW, pro-lifers are more substance than fluff. You're not fooling us Fr. Jenkins. So unless you plan on giving a heartfelt apology to the pro-life community at the rally beforehand, why don't you stay in Indiana?

11 posted on 09/17/2009 7:18:13 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: jaydubya2
May the Dome fall upon his foot! I love Notre Dame and this man's demons are doing all they can to destroy the University.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for US!
12 posted on 09/17/2009 7:32:00 AM PDT by mlizzy (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Everywhere spells P.E.A.C.E.)
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To: jaydubya2
FREE THE NOTRE DAME 88!!
13 posted on 09/17/2009 7:34:00 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Conservative Republicans, love ya, but the RINOs got all the carrots, and you got no stick...)
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To: jaydubya2

While viciously prosecuting the protestors from last May on his own campus.

Sorry, buddy. No sale.


14 posted on 09/17/2009 7:35:19 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: jaydubya2

Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, should be barred from this hypocrisy! What a disgusting hypocrit. ‘A double-minded man is unstable in all ways.’


15 posted on 09/17/2009 7:36:29 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

16 posted on 09/17/2009 7:43:26 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Conservative Republicans, love ya, but the RINOs got all the carrots, and you got no stick...)
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To: jaydubya2

Woe to you Pharisses and hypocrites! You are like whited tombs filled with dead men’s bones.


17 posted on 09/17/2009 7:52:59 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Never on my watch

I am Catholic and I believe in Catholic teaching. However, I feel that my Church is letting the faithful down in not addressing this Fr. Jenkins issue of promoting a President who is such an advocate of abortion.

I am ashamed of my Church for letting Fr. Jenkins invite Obama to speak at the graduation commencement and AWARD him for his pro-abortion views. Every Catholic should protest this by pulling funding from this “Catholic” college.


18 posted on 09/17/2009 8:13:36 AM PDT by Sunshine54 (Sunshine54)
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To: jaydubya2

Stomach-turning hypocrisy. I hope he doesn’t expect to be allowed to speak from the stage at the March.


19 posted on 09/17/2009 8:39:49 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy’s America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: jaydubya2

Hey Jenkins, you’re not invited. Stay at home with your abortionist friends. Or is this your way to salvage Notre Shame’s football season?


20 posted on 09/17/2009 9:38:49 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: jaydubya2; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


21 posted on 09/17/2009 9:44:07 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: jaydubya2

As a counter protester?


22 posted on 09/17/2009 9:45:27 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: jaydubya2
Whatever.
23 posted on 09/17/2009 9:46:11 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (hang the Czars.)
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To: silverleaf

No, just an old fashioned hypocrite.


24 posted on 09/17/2009 9:47:28 AM PDT by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism's best, last hope)
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To: jaydubya2

Whitened sepulcher bump.


25 posted on 09/17/2009 9:54:56 AM PDT by Antoninus ("There is no movement," --G. W. Bush)
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To: NYer

I’m sorry, but that doesn’t qualify as “walking the walk”.


26 posted on 09/17/2009 10:01:40 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: jaydubya2; erman; silverleaf; bmwcyle

This decision follows Michigan’s crushing and embarrassing defeat of Notre Dame. As well as a significant drop in donations and student applications to Notre Dame.


27 posted on 09/17/2009 10:05:59 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

They should at least eqq him when he shows up. Then tell him to go home.


28 posted on 09/17/2009 10:10:15 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACRON is OBAMA)
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To: bmwcyle
Or aerial tomatoes.

Not sure this is a wise decision - with the degree to which he soiled himself with his hysterical cheerleading for Obama. The gushing, beaming, and hugging, along with the afterglow. He wasn't even subtle about it. If there was any doubt before, he outed himself with the degree of pro-Obama hysteria he displayed at the commencement. It was embarrassing. And a disgrace.

He gave Obama a platform and forum - on Catholic property - to advance his pro-abortion and embryonic stem cell agenda - which he did. At Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. It was shameful for Notre Dame and for Obama to take advantage of an emotionally unbalanced fruitcake like that.

29 posted on 09/17/2009 10:19:21 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

Sending him home right away would be good.


30 posted on 09/17/2009 10:30:19 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACRON is OBAMA)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

‘...It was shameful for Notre Dame and for Obama to take advantage of an emotionally unbalanced fruitcake like that.’
It takes one to know one...


31 posted on 09/17/2009 10:31:21 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (Sarah Palin, Lady Liberty...)
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To: bmwcyle; OriginalChristian

Overcome by emotion and his mojo pheromone cologne perhaps...
32 posted on 09/17/2009 10:39:47 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Arthur McGowan; jaydubya2
I believe that Nellie Gray would rather be flayed alive than give Fr. Jenkins the opportunity to grandstand --- that is, unless he is willing to confess and repent. Orate fratres.

2 Timothy 2:24-26
"The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome,
but be kind to all,
able to teach,
patient when wronged,
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition,
that God may perhaps grant them repentance
leading to the knowledge of the truth,
and they may come to their senses
and escape from the snare of the devil,
having been held captive by him to do his will."

33 posted on 09/17/2009 10:59:03 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (As a matter of fact.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Well, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.


34 posted on 09/17/2009 11:17:05 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE HOMO!)
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To: jaydubya2

Soap on a rope.


35 posted on 09/17/2009 12:32:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

This is a sanctifying act that may lead to repentance. Don’t knock it!


36 posted on 09/17/2009 9:33:56 PM PDT by Huber (And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. - John 1:5)
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To: jaydubya2

URGENT petition to Father Jenkins, Notre Dame president: Please drop the charges

Sign here to help 88 pro-lifers who face up to 1 year in jail

September 19, 2009

Dear ------------------------------------,

Please ask Father Jenkins at Notre Dame to drop the charges against 88 pro-life advocates who face up to one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.

Sign the "Drop the Charges" petition

The 88 outspoken pro-lifers peacefully walked onto Notre Dame's campus in May to be the voice of the unborn -- when pro-abortion president Obama was honored there – and were arrested for trespassing.

Among those arrested were Fr. Norman Weslin, several nuns, Norma McCorvey, the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, and Ambassador Alan Keyes.


37 posted on 09/19/2009 7:40:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiz4tfjSuPc


38 posted on 09/26/2009 8:09:30 PM PDT by victim soul
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