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  • New Notre Dame trustee donated thousands to pro-abort EMILY’s List

    05/19/2011 2:34:54 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 19, 2011 | Kathleen Gilbert
    New Notre Dame trustee donated thousands to pro-abort EMILY’s Listby Kathleen Gilbert NOTRE DAME, Indiana, May 19, 2011 ( - The newest member of the University of Notre Dame’s board of trustees has dedicated thousands of dollars to supporting pro-abortion groups, including the pro-choice political action committee EMILY’s List. The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) broke the story May 11 that Roxanne M. Martino, president and CEO of Aurora Investment Management and Notre Dame alumna, had donated a total of $16,150 to EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to “electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.” Notre Dame announced Martino’s election last month...
  • Charges dropped against ‘Notre Dame 88’ [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2011 3:19:19 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies ^ | 05-May-2011 | by Kathleen Gilbert
    ... On Thursday, Michael Dvorak, St. Joseph County, Indiana prosecutor, dismissed the criminal trespass charges that he has pressed against almost all of the pro-life protesters, known as the “ND88.” The individuals were arrested for trespassing when they entered Notre Dame’s campus in peaceful and prayerful protest against the University’s bestowing honors on President Barack Obama at the 2009 Commencement. Dvorak dropped the charges as part of an agreement between the Thomas More Society and the University.
  • Charges Dropped Against Notre Dame-Obama Speech Protestors

    05/05/2011 3:23:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 5/5/2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Charges have finally been dropped against 88 pro-life advocates who engaged in protests on the Notre Dame campus when pro-abortion President Barack Obama came to town for a controversial graduation speech. The 88 pro-lifers peacefully assembled against the Catholic university’s decision to honor the vehemently pro-abortion president. They were arrested and subject to various charges that remained despite the help of the Thomas More Society, a national pro-life legal group.
  • Former Notre Dame Official Will Now Testify in ND 88 Case

    09/23/2010 12:18:39 AM PDT · by topher · 25 replies · 1+ views -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | September 22, 2010 | By Peter J. Smith
    Wednesday September 22, 2010 Former Notre Dame Official Will Now Testify in ND 88 Case By Peter J. SmithSOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 22, 2010 ( – Attorneys representing the 88 pro-life demonstrators arrested at the University of Notre Dame for protesting President Barack Obama at the 2009 commencement ceremonies, won the right Monday to require a former ND official to testify under oath about the treatment of the pro-life protestors.In St. Joseph County Circuit Court, Chief Judge Michael Scopelitis ruled that Thomas More Society's (TMS) special counsel, Tom Dixon, may depose William Kirk, former associate vice president for residential life...
  • Notre Dame Abruptly Sacks Only Admin Member to Protest Obama

    09/02/2010 3:48:07 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 69 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/2/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 2, 2010 ( - A top pro-life professor at the University of Notre Dame is calling into question the motives of the university after Bill Kirk, a long-time member of the Notre Dame community and the only administration member to join a protest against President Obama's appearance on campus, was abruptly terminated.In May 2009, Kirk boycotted the official graduation ceremony at which President Obama was giving the commencement address and receiving an honorary law degree, and instead attended an alternate graduation ceremony held by pro-life graduates protesting Obama. Bishop John D'Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend,...
  • President Obama to Speak at Catholic Xavier U.

    08/17/2010 11:59:01 AM PDT · by topher · 36 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | August 16, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Monday August 16, 2010 President Obama to Speak at Catholic Xavier U. By Kathleen GilbertNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, August 16, 2010 ( - President Obama is slated to speak at Louisiana's Xavier University, a Catholic institution of higher education, to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina August 29.Xavier President Dr. Norman Francis said the school was "pleased and grateful" at Obama's decision to visit the campus. “Mr. Obama will get to see firsthand why we are so proud of the progress we have made here at Xavier during the five years since Katrina, not only restoring our campus but...
  • Catholic University Turns Down Obama Appearance Over Timing Issues

    08/12/2010 5:54:55 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | August 12, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Thursday August 12, 2010 Catholic University Turns Down Obama Appearance Over Timing Issues By Kathleen GilbertAUSTIN, Texas, August 12, 2010 ( - St. Edward's University, a Catholic institution of higher education that shares its founder with the University of Notre Dame, has rejected a request by President Obama to give a speech at the school. University spokeswoman Mischelle Diaz stated that "St. Edward's University is honored to have been considered a potential venue for President Obama's recent visit to Austin," but "Regretfully, it was not a good time for us to consider this." "With the short notice provided -...
  • ND 88 Pro-Lifer Suffers Heart Attack, Diagnosed with Stress Disorder Thanks to Prosecution

    06/24/2010 4:13:03 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/24/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, June 24, 2010 ( - Thanks to the strain of being subjected to criminal prosecution on charges of trespassing, one of the 88 peaceful pro-life protesters who was arrested at the University of Notre Dame's campus in May of last year recently suffered a heart attack. According to Dr. Therese Beste's doctor, she continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress related to the prosecuation.The doctor's diagnosis has been submitted to the pro-lifers' defense lawyer as members of the group, known as the "Notre Dame 88," continue to face prosecution and a possible penalty of up to a year...
  • Notre Dame Anti-Military, Pro-Gay Protesters Let Go; Pro-Lifers Still Face Fines, Imprisonment

    04/22/2010 4:33:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 69 replies · 793+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/22/10 | Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, April 22, 2010 ( - While numerous pro-life protesters who were arrested for trespassing at the University of Notre Dame last year continue to face up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine, anti-military and pro-gay demonstrators who were previously arrested on campus had their charges dropped, according to a shocking new investigation by the Sycamore Trust. Furthermore, the president of the University, Fr. John Jenkins, has reportedly refused to discuss the disparate treatment.William Dempsey, Notre Dame alumnus and president of the Sycamore Trust, notes in the organization's latest bulletin that Jenkins has responded to inquiries...
  • Notre Dame releases pro-life statement

    04/09/2010 6:02:28 AM PDT · by jaydubya2 · 59 replies · 765+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | Apr 9, 2010 | MARGARET FOSMOE
    'I don't know that this will be a dramatic change,' president says SOUTH BEND -- The University of Notre Dame on Thursday issued an institutional statement affirming "its commitment to the defense of human life in all its stages." The university also has adopted new principles for the institution's charitable activity. "I don't know that this will be a dramatic change," the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said in a telephone interview. "We wanted principles that we could apply consistently." The development and adoption of the statement and principles were among recommendations made to Jenkins by the campus...
  • Pelosi Invoked Fr. Hesburgh to Turn 'No' Health Bill Vote to 'Yes'

    03/29/2010 3:45:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 1,385+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/29/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, March 29, 2010 ( - Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the prestigious former president of the University of Notre Dame, may have helped swing a critical House Democrat vote to the "yes" column after House Speaker Pelosi asked for his help, reported the LA Times and the Associated Press last Tuesday.  The South Bend Tribune confirmed the report on Friday. Hesburgh was called in to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to vote for the health care bill despite the vast expansion of abortion funding embedded in it. Donnelly had been a member of the group of Democrats led by...
  • Show Lets Viewers Decide If 'Reality Stars' Get Abortions

    02/01/2010 9:10:34 PM PST · by It's me · 34 replies · 667+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 1, 2010
    The "Bump" was conceived after President Obama's commencement address at Note Dame University last year where he said he wanted "to find ways to communicate about a workable solution to the problem of unintended pregnancies." First it was the Real World, then came the Jersey Shore. Now, a new pseudoreality show is hoping to make an impression – only this time the cameras are following three actresses pretending to have unwanted pregnancies, and whether or not they decide to get an abortion is up to the viewers. The "Bump" was conceived after President Obama's commencement address at Note Dame University...
  • Pro-Life Advocates Confront Notre Dame's Father Jenkins at March for Life

    01/25/2010 3:52:27 PM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 776+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/25/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- At the March for Life last Friday, pro-life advocates confronted Father John Jenkins. He is the Notre Dame university president who is under fire for allowing President Barack Obama to give the college's commencement speech and by giving him an honorary degree. Jenkins participated in the March for Life for the first time as a way of making amends but he was confronted by pro-life advocates for the fallout from the event.Specifically, they are upset that he has not gotten Notre Dame officials to withdraw the charges against the 88 pro-life protestors arrested on campus...
  • Judge recuses herself from trial of Notre Dame pro-life protesters

    01/12/2010 3:46:01 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 593+ views
    cna ^ | Januay 12, 2010
    Judge Jenny Pitts Manier South Bend, Ind., Jan 12, 2010 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- The trial judge assigned to the legal case involving 88 pro-life activists arrested for demonstrating at the University of Notre Dame recused herself from the case last week. The activists had demonstrated against the university’s decision to host President Barack Obama as a commencement speaker and award him an honorary degree.Defense attorneys had appealed Judge Jenny Pitts Manier’s ruling denying their request that she recuse herself. In Indiana the standard for recusal states that the judge must be shown to have actual bias or the...
  • Trial Judge in Notre Dame/Obama Graduation Protest Case Recuses Herself and Steps Aside

    01/12/2010 6:36:40 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 33 replies · 1,685+ views
    The Thomas More Society ^ | January 11, 2010 | Tom Ciesielka.
    Contact: Tom Ciesielka. 312-422-1333,   NOTRE DAME, Ind., Jan. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the ongoing case involving 88 pro-life demonstrators arrested at the University of Notre Dame in the days leading up to (and in some cases during) [Alleged] President Barack Obama's commencement speech and receipt of an honorary degree, the assigned trial judge has recused herself just days after defense attorneys filed an appeal from her earlier ruling, denying recusal.   Judge Jenny Pitts Manier filed an order, dated January 6, 2010 (an Epiphany gift for the defense), reciting that she had decided to recuse herself,...
  • Notre Dame's Jenkins Would Do it Again – Calls Obama Visit “Successful”

    01/06/2010 4:30:25 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 583+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/6/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, January 6, 2010 ( - The unprecedented controversy that rent the U.S. Catholic community over President Obama's abortion-themed commencement speech and his reception of an honorary law degree at the University of Notre Dame last May has apparently not fazed the school's president, who called the climax of the scandal "a successful" day that he does not regret.When asked in a South Bend Tribune interview published December 27 whether he would do it all over again, Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins answered, "Yes, I would." "He is the president of the United States, and there was...
  • ND88 Judge Stays Charges, Grants Motion to Appeal over Possible Bias

    12/03/2009 3:50:14 PM PST · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 491+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/3/09 | LifeSiteNews
    December 3, 2009 ( - On Thursday the judge hearing the case of the 88 pro-life protesters who were arrested for trespassing on Notre Dame property earlier this year granted a motion to stay the charges pending an appeal into the question of whether she should recuse herself from the case due to bias.Judge Jenny Pitts Manier, who is assigned to the case of the 88 pro-lifers who were arrested while protesting President Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame in May, is married to Notre Dame Professor Edward Manier. In addition to several writings revealing his pro-abortion beliefs, the Professor...
  • Motion to Dismiss Charges against Notre Dame 88 to be Heard Tomorrow

    12/02/2009 4:13:44 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 532+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/2/09 | LifeSiteNews
    December 2, 2009 ( - Lawyers for the 88 pro-life protesters who were arrested on the University of Notre Dame's campus earlier this year will be heading to court tomorrow in St. Joseph County, Indiana, to argue in favor of a motion to dismiss the charges against the pro-lifers. Currently trespassing charges are pending against the 88, who were arrested on Notre Dame property while protesting the commencement speech and honorary law degree given to pro-abortion President Barack Obama in May. If convicted, the pro-lifers could face up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Despite repeated...
  • Flyover Tells Notre Dame President Jenkins: Free the ND 88

    11/30/2009 4:11:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 617+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/30/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, November 30, 2009 ( - An anonymous advocate for the 88 Obama protesters who were arrested on the University of Notre Dame's campus in May sent an aerial message this month to remind University President Fr. John Jenkins of the arrestees' plight for witnessing to life.The 88 individuals arrested on the university's campus while protesting President Obama's commencement address and honorary law degree May 17 are still facing charges of trespassing in St. Joseph County court.  While witnesses say pro-Obama protesters were allowed to roam free, the arrested individuals were singled out for displaying any pro-life message...
  • Terri Schiavo's Brother Bobby Schindler to Speak at University of Notre Dame

    10/05/2009 3:40:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 486+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/5/09 | Steven Ertelt
    South Bend, IN ( -- On the heels of pro-abortion President Barack Obama speaking at the University of Notre Dame and getting an honorary degree, a noted pro-life advocate will give a speech at its law school. Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, whose husband subjected her to a painful euthanasia death, will speak.Schindler has been invited to speak today at The University of Notre Dame Law School as part of the Jus Vitae speaker’s series.Jus Vitae is committed to the principle that the right to life is inherent and inalienable in every human being and cannot be abridged...
  • Judge in Case of Arrested Notre Dame Pro-Lifers is Married to Pro-Abortion ND Professor

    09/28/2009 3:51:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 1,485+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/28/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 28, 2009 ( - The attorney representing the pro-lifers arrested while protesting Obama at Notre Dame today repeated his request that the judge in the case, who is married to a pro-abortion Notre Dame professor, be removed from the case.Attorney Tom Dixon's motion provides detailed support for his assertion in a previous recusal motion that there exists sufficient actual and perceived bias that Judge Jenny Pitts Manier, the judge assigned to the "ND 88" case, is required by Indiana state law to recuse herself in the matter.  Dixon states that ever since Judge Manier has...
  • Notre Dame Pro-Life Efforts a "Mockery" While Pro-Life Protesters Face Charges: ND Law Prof

    09/24/2009 3:34:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 946+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/24/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 24, 2009 ( - University of Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice has issued an open letter to University president Fr. John Jenkins this week, criticizing the school's attempts at reconstructing a pro-life facade while still refusing to request leniency for the dozens of pro-lifers arrested for protesting the Obama scandal in May.   "As long as you pursue the criminalization of those pro-life witnesses," wrote Rice, "your newest pro-life statements will be regarded reasonably as a cosmetic covering of the institutional anatomy in the wake of the continuing backlash arising from your conferral of...
  • 88 Pro-Lifers Arrested at Notre Dame Still Facing Jail Time: Lawyer Asks Fr. Jenkins for Leniancy

    09/04/2009 2:22:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 78 replies · 2,074+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/4/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 4, 2009 ( - The president of a pro-life public interest law firm has issued an open letter to University of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, insisting that the school seek to drop the charges against 88 pro-lifers who await sentencing of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine for protesting the school's honoring pro-abortion President Obama last May. "[Notre Dame] should honor all who dare to speak out for the dignity of all human beings - born or unborn, wanted or unwanted, humble or exalted - not prosecute them!" wrote Thomas...
  • Obama Interview: I Support Abortion Conscience Clause, What Notre Dame Scandal?

    07/03/2009 12:38:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,056+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/2/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- In a Thursday afternoon interview with members of various Catholic publications, President Barack Obama defended himself from criticism over his pro-abortion record. He said he supports a conscience clause on abortion but gave a joking response to a question about Notre Dame.According to a National Catholic Register report, Obama talked about his upcoming visit with Pope Benedict XVI and said he looked forward to taking with him about unrelated political issues.Father Owen Kearns, editor in chief and publisher of the Register, said each member of the Catholic press was allowed to ask one question and...
  • Church Must Prevent Repeat of Notre Dame Betrayal Says Top American Prelate in Vatican

    06/17/2009 2:59:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 468+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/17/09 | Peter J. Smith
    VATICAN CITY, June 17, 2009 ( – Archbishop Raymond Burke, the highest ranking American prelate in the Vatican has given an interview in a Catholic magazine, in which he says that Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama was not only “profoundly shocking,” but also underscores a grave situation requiring action to ensure the incident is never repeated.Burke is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court of appeal in the Church next to the Pope, and an outspoken advocate for life and family values. He has made headlines repeatedly for his insistence that ministers of communion...
  • ND Prez Jenkins Has "No Interest" in Asking for Leniency for ND Protesters

    06/11/2009 5:38:03 AM PDT · by topher · 78 replies · 1,946+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Wednesday June 10, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Wednesday June 10, 2009 ND Prez Jenkins Has "No Interest" in Asking for Leniency for ND Protesters Despite Calls for “Dialogue” By Kathleen GilbertSOUTH BEND, Indiana, June 10, 2009 ( - The president of the University of Notre Dame has "no interest" in interfering with the fates of over 80 peaceful pro-life protesters arrested on campus while protesting President Obama's May 17 commencement speech, says the pro-lifers' attorney. One of the arrestees, Lambs of Christ founder Fr. Norman Weslin, issued a statement Monday calling on University president Fr. John Jenkins to heed the arrested group's requests to meet, which Weslin...
  • Notre Dame Not Seeking Leniency for Arrested Pro-Life Protesters: Thomas More Lawyers on Case

    06/04/2009 12:14:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 778+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/4/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Notre Dame Not Seeking Leniency for Arrested Pro-Life Protesters: Thomas More Lawyers Now on the Case By Kathleen GilbertSOUTH BEND, Indiana, June 4, 2009 ( - Thomas More Society attorneys appeared in St. Joseph County Criminal Court to defend two prominent pro-life advocates against trespass charges brought this morning by local prosecutors in the wake of protests at the University of Notre Dame. The attorneys join the fight with pro-life attorney Tom Dickson, who is representing dozens more pro-lifers arrested at the campus.Laura Rohling and Jane Brennan went onto the Notre Dame campus to educate students about the after-effects of...
  • Pro-Life Protesters Arrested on ND Campus to Return to South Bend to Face Charges

    05/30/2009 9:22:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 681+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/29/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana, May 22, 2009 ( - Dozens of pro-life protesters arrested at the University of Notre Dame on May 17 for protesting President Obama's commencement speech will be heading back to Indiana in coming weeks from all across the country to stand trial.  While Notre Dame had pro-life demonstrators summarily arrested for "criminal trespassing," witnesses say that pro-Obama demonstrators were given free roam of the campus - a fact that the pro-lifers' attorney says violated the Equal Protection clause.Among those arrested that day was Karen Torres of Virginia, who told (LSN) how, after getting lost trying to...
  • All the Confusion Fit to Print

    05/26/2009 12:45:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 412+ views
    National Review ^ | May 26, 2009 | Michael Novak
    For several weeks now, L’Osservatore Romano has published glowing, star-struck, teenage praise of Pres. Barack Obama, while blithely ignoring what its praise means in the American context. It fails to grasp the full threat Obama poses for the American Catholic conscience. Several leading American bishops are distraught, and have asked for help: L’Osservatore Romano must learn of the immense scandal it is causing in America. The most recent example was in regard to the young president’s mendacious talk at the University of Notre Dame on May 17. There are five crucial facts of which L’Osservatore Romano seems — like a...
  • Notre Dame: The First Battle in a New War

    05/21/2009 3:00:07 PM PDT · by annalex · 154 replies · 3,541+ views
    Catohlic Exchange ^ | May 21st, 2009 | Jason T. Adams
    Notre Dame: The First Battle in a New War Posted By Jason T. Adams On May 21, 2009 @ 12:02 am In The Edge | [Comments at source] Last weekend my family and I stood with a couple thousand Catholics on Notre DameÂ’s south quad protesting the universityÂ’s decision to invite Barak Obama as commencement speaker and award to him an honorary degree. At the same time, most of the 12,000 predominantly Catholic commencement attendees cheered on the most pro-abortion official our nation has ever known. In the lead up to commencement it was broadly assumed that the President would...
  • Obama's Own Words Bring Abortion Dialogue to "Screeching Halt," Says Bishop

    05/21/2009 12:06:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,208+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/21/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri, May 21, 2009 ( - Although the University of Notre Dame has defended its invitation of President Obama for the sake of dialogue on abortion, Obama's own remark Sunday that the opposing views were "irreconcilable" brought dialogue to a "screeching halt," said Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO."I think the message of the day was this - that the President of Notre Dame said that they had invited the President of the United States and decided to honor him for the sake of dialogue," said Bishop Finn in an interview with the diocesan newspaper...
  • Roundup: Reactions to Obama at Notre Dame

    05/20/2009 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 98 replies · 1,274+ views ^ | May. 18, 2009 |
    Roundup: Reactions to Obama at Notre Dame May. 18, 2009 ( - President Obama's appearance at the Notre Dame commencement exercises produced an enormous outpouring of journalistic coverage. Prior to the event, the atmosphere was so feverish that when Duncan Maxell Anderson concocted a story based on the idea that Obama had donated his speaking fee to defray lost alumni contributions, many readers failed to recognize that it was a satire. On the GetReligion site, Terry Mattingly continued to insist that reporters should get their facts straight. That was, alas, a losing battle. USA Today provided live blogging on the...
  • Can Notre Dame Turn Back the Tide?

    05/20/2009 8:54:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 1,595+ views ^ | May 20, 2009 | Genevieve Pollock
    Can Notre Dame Turn Back the Tide? Interview with Cardinal Newman Society President By Genevieve PollockMANASSAS, Virginia, MAY 20, 2009 ( In the wake of the recent Notre Dame controversy, an opportunity arises to renew Catholic higher education in its identity and mission, says the Cardinal Newman Society president.Patrick Reilly is the founder and president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization dedicated to renew and strengthen the Catholic identity at colleges and universities across the United States. In this interview with ZENIT, he shares his perspective on the recent controversy surrounding the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor...
  • Jill Stanek; 2 points of truth among Obama's 'wild word fraud'

    05/20/2009 2:30:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 657+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/20/09 | Jill Stanek
    I was at the Grotto on the Notre Dame campus Sunday afternoon when President Barack Obama received his honorary doctor of laws degree and gave his commencement speech. At the same time, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life officiated an alternative service for those who couldn't bear to see such a prominent enabler of child murder lauded at a Catholic university. Whoops, was "prominent enabler of child murder" the sort of "demonizing" Obama preached against in his homily? I did indeed think at first it was a homily. While listening to Father Pavone with one ear, I listened to...
  • A House Divided (Two Graduations at Notre Dame, one Catholic, the other pro-abortion

    05/19/2009 7:34:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies · 1,057+ views
    The ^ | Monday, May 18, 2009 | Ralph McInerny
    A House DividedBy Ralph McInerny Monday, May 18, 2009There were two commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame on Sunday. One was the media event in which alleged prestige trumped the truth that you cannot honor a man, president or not, whose policies are unabashedly pro-abortion without honoring abortion.The other took place at the grotto and on the west mall, untelevised, in the shadow of Rockne Memorial, at which the Mass and prayers, principally the rosary, were offered in reparation for the administration’s unconscionable sleeping with the enemy. And speeches were made, most notably by Father Wilson Miscamble, CSC; Professor David...
  • President Obama's Abortion Record Doesn't Match His Notre Dame Rhetoric

    05/19/2009 1:13:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 803+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/19/09 | Bradley Mattes Note: Bradley Mattes is the executive director of Life Issues Institute, a national pro-life educational group. Mattes is a veteran of the pro-life cause, with over 33 years of educational, political and humanitarian experience.The controversy surrounding President Obama and Notre Dame University culminated with his speech Sunday in Indiana. I had returned from Washington, DC just in time to drop my bag and tune in to watch the address. His most pronounced message -- certainly the one emphasized by the media -- was that we shouldn't demonize those who disagree with us on abortion. I couldn't agree more,...
  • Religious, Moral Issues are Above Obama's Pay Grade

    05/18/2009 1:34:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 501+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/18/09 | Operation Rescue/Troy Newman
    Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue,   SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- President Barack Obama delivered a speech yesterday during the Notre Dame Graduation commencement ceremony that was rife with heretical views of Christianity.   "It is obvious from Obama's speech that matters pertaining to religion and moral issues are still above his pay grade," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "As an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, I can say with conviction that Obama holds apostate views on the roll of Christianity in the...
  • Notre Dame Will Become Symbol of Pro-Life Catholic Dissent After Obama Scandal

    05/18/2009 1:27:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,206+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/18/09 | Steven Ertelt
    South Bend, IN ( -- Now that the University of Notre Dame has chosen to honor pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the fallout appears likely to begin. One key Catholic writer says Notre Dame will become the symbol of pro-life Catholic dissent following the Obama scandal.Notre Dame was deluged with opposition as soon as the announcement reached the public that it would not only invite Obama to give its commencement speech but bestow upon him an honorary degree.Its president, Father John Jenkins, as Deal Hudson notes in a new editorial, "defended the choice with arguments that should make a freshman...
  • Rev. John Jenkins's remarks and introduction to President Obama (Mega Barf Alert!)

    05/17/2009 2:26:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 1,952+ views
    WNDU ^ | May 17, 2009
    The complete transcript of the remarks and introduction given by Rev. John Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame. "President Obama, Fr. Hesburgh, Judge Noonan, Members of the Board of Trustees, Members of the faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents, and most of all – the Notre Dame Class of 2009: Several autumns ago, you came to Notre Dame from home….now Notre Dame has become home. And it always will be. For home is not where you live. Home is where you belong. You will always belong – and I pray you will always feel you belong – here at...
  • Notre Dame Trades a Platform for Principle

    05/17/2009 9:53:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 700+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 5/15/09 | Dr. Tony Beam
    I am beginning to wonder if principles still have a place in a post-modern world. I am also starting to feel somewhat like a dinosaur for believing that principles should always take precedent over the prestige of a national platform. That should be especially true if the platform is attached to the largest and most revered Catholic University in America. But on May 17th, Notre Dame will join the ranks of those with stars in their eyes and a lack of starch in their resolve. They will allow President Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion rights President in our nation’s history,...
  • Notre Dame Updates from Jill Stanek

    05/17/2009 5:36:36 AM PDT · by Diago · 41 replies · 1,905+ views
    Jill Stanek ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jill Stanek
    From Jill Stanek at May 17, 2009 Notre Dame update 5/17, 7:40a EST Turns out Norma McCorvey, the Roe in Roe v. Wade who is now pro-life, wanted to get arrested with Fr. Weslin yesterday and was insulted when police pushed her aside to grab the frail old guy. (Above photo shows Norma to Fr.'s right just before the arrest.) Norma attended the rally last night. This would be the quote of the day were it not Sunday. From Fox News, yesterday: Asked what she'd say to President Obama if given the opportunity, McCorvey replied, "I can't talk like...
  • Letter from Two Catholic Women Arrested at Notre Dame

    05/16/2009 8:42:06 AM PDT · by victim soul · 36 replies · 1,436+ views
    An Open Letter to Fr. John Jenkins President University of Notre Dame Dear Fr. Jenkins, We are writing this letter to you in hopes that you can clear something up for us. We are two Catholic women who reside in the State of Colorado. We made tragic mistakes in our younger years by having abortions. We came to the University of Notre Dame last Friday, May 8, to witness to the harm caused to us by our “choice.” We held signs that say “I Regret My Abortion”. We also gave our testimonies and prayed the Rosary with other Catholics who...
  • Group Plans to Ruin Notre Dame Commencement

    05/16/2009 12:36:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 72 replies · 2,683+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/16/09 | Christian Newswire
    Abortion Plane and Trucks Will Show Gory Abortion Images to Graduates and ParentsContact: Mark Harrington, Center for Bio Ethical Reform, 614-419-9000, cbrmidwest@cbrinfo.orgSOUTH BEND, Ind., May 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today the Center for Bio Ethical Reform (CBR) begins its 20th day of operations of the Obama Awareness Campaign in South Bend, IN. For three full weeks CBR has been forcing students, faculty, and trustees to see what America's abortion President means to unborn children. CBR's tow banner airplane and billboard trucks have educated students, faculty, and the community by forcing them to see abortion differently. Now, when abortion is mentioned in...
  • ND Scandal and Pope John Paul II's forgotten Prayer

    05/15/2009 12:21:24 PM PDT · by topher · 15 replies · 834+ views
    Vatican: Encyclical Evangelium Vitae | March 25, 1995 | Pope John Paul II
    O Mary Bright Dawn of the New World O Mary! Bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our...
  • "Fr. Norm" - 80-Year-Old Priest Arrsted, Jailed at Notre Dame

    05/16/2009 6:57:23 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 425 replies · 9,926+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 16, 2009 | Pass the Salt
    Here is the video of Fr. Norm Weslin's arrest by University of Notre Dame police. He was carrying a cross and singing a hymn in honor of the mother of Jesus Christ ---"Our Lady" -- "Notre Dame." What evil deed did they think he was going to do if they didn't arrest him: launch a devastatng, full-scale Rosary barrage?
  • Pastor Says: 'I Saw Catholics Arrested for Being Catholic at a Catholic University' -- Notre Dame

    05/15/2009 12:14:46 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 213 replies · 4,955+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/15/09 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: Catherine Rouse, Vision America, 936-560-3900, Catherine@visionamerica.usSOUTH BEND, Ind., May 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Vision America President Pastor Rick Scarborough said he was sickened by what he saw when those protesting Obama's speech at Notre Dame were arrested on the campus. "I wept when I saw my friends arrested and taken to jail," Scarborough disclosed. "They almost broke the arm of a priest who appeared to be in his 80s, by dragging him on the ground." Scarborough, who's a Southern Baptist preacher, said he was in South Bend in solidarity with Catholics who are protesting the upcoming commencement speech at...
  • The Audacity to Speak: Thoughts on Why Obama Should Excuse Himself from Notre Dame's Commencement

    05/14/2009 3:42:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 998+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/14/09 | Day Gardner
    Day Gardner of National Black Pro-Life Union Comments on President Barack Obama's Decision to Speak at Notre DameContact: Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union, 202-834-0844, dgardner@NBPLU.comWASHINGTON, May 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- The senior students at the University of Notre Dame worked to complete their degrees and have earned the right to celebrate the joyous occasion of graduation. Graduating college is an event that marks the culmination of hard work and perseverance. Graduation day should be remembered and revered in the way that we remember weddings, happy birthdays and warm holidays with family and friends. This year, due to the careless...
  • White House Downplays Catholic Opposition to ND Honor, Claims Only "One Group" Boycotting

    05/14/2009 1:52:09 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies · 711+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Thursday May 14, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Thursday May 14, 2009 White House Downplays Catholic Opposition to ND Honor, Claims Only "One Group" Boycotting By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2009 ( - Responding to the uproar from U.S. Catholic bishops and laity protesting the honor of President Obama at the University of Notre Dame, the White House Tuesday downplayed the degree of opposition, claiming that only one Notre Dame student group opposed the invitation and that "the majority of Catholics are supportive of the invitation."White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that only one student group at Notre Dame is boycotting the decision, as opposed to...
  • ND President [Jenkins] sits on Board of Pro-abortion Organization

    05/13/2009 8:05:34 PM PDT · by topher · 109 replies · 3,357+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Wednesday May 13, 2009 | By Alex Bush and John Jalsevac
    Wednesday May 13, 2009 Notre Dame President Sits on Board of Directors of Pro-Abortion, Pro-Contraception Organization By Alex Bush and John JalsevacSOUTH BEND, Indiana, May 13, 2009 ( - Fr. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, sits on the board of directors of Millennium Promise, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty in Africa that promotes contraceptives and abortion, it has been revealed.  The finding comes as the controversy over President Obama's award and speech at the University reaches a fever pitch in the last week before the event.  As the president of Notre Dame, Fr. Jenkins has received the...
  • Notre Dame Alumni Withhold Nearly $14 Million for Honoring Pro-Abortion Obama

    05/13/2009 1:09:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,834+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/13/09 | Steven Ertelt
    South Bend, IN ( -- Notre Dame alumni who are upset with the university's decision to allow pro-abortion President Barack Obama to give this coming weekend's commencement speech and to give him an honorary degree continue to withhold their donations to the Catholic college.In total, pro-life alumni and donors who feel disenfranchised by Notre Dame's decision have decided to withhold nearly $14 million in gifts they normally would have given.David DiFranco, a Michigan businessman and 1995 Notre Dame graduate, told on Wednesday that the web site for disgruntled alumni has received over 1,400 pledges to withhold donations within...