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  • Vatican newspaper 'ignorant' of Obama's history, Catholic commentators charge

    05/21/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 571+ views
    CNA ^ | May 21, 2009
    Washington D.C., May 21, 2009 / 11:40 am (CNA).- Two Catholic commentators are lamenting the “sorry ignorance of recent American history” displayed by L'Osservatore Romano—the newspaper published by the Vatican—in its favorable reaction to President Obama's recent commencement speech at Notre Dame. However, they caution, readers should not make the mistake of thinking that the newspaper speaks for the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II's official biographer, George Weigel, wrote in an article for National Review Online that the pieces published by L'Osservatore Romano have caused pro-administration American journalists and activists to leap with “barely concealed glee” on the...
  • Obama deftly calms culture war passions ("change we can all believe in")

    05/21/2009 10:11:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 693+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Wednesday, May 20, 2009
    When Notre Dame, the nation's best-known Catholic university, asked resolutely pro-choice President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address this year, it caused intense controversy in Catholic circles. About 50 U.S. bishops publicly opposed the president's planned appearance, which violated their 2004 directive that Catholic universities "should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles." On Sunday, graduation day came to Notre Dame, and so did Obama - who was overwhelmingly welcomed. In a warm, conciliatory speech, he didn't shy away from abortion, saying that the two sides' views are fundamentally...
  • A False Theology: Obama's Appeal to Faith Runs Contrary to Christian Faith

    05/20/2009 1:34:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,070+ views
    LifeSite ^ | May 20, 2009 | John-Henry Westen
    May 20, 2009 ( - President Barack Obama's speech at Notre Dame Sunday held out as a central thesis a false theology of faith; a false theology contradicted by the Bible, by ancient Christian writers and by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.A central point in the President's speech was "faith" and its supposed inherent "doubt."  Obama told the students: "Remember, too, that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It's the belief in things not seen.  It's beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what...
  • White House reacts to critics of Obama’s Notre Dame Honors

    05/14/2009 1:45:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,231+ views
    CNA ^ | May 14, 2009
    President Barack Obama Washington D.C., May 14, 2009 / 05:12 am (CNA).- The White House has responded to opposition to President Obama’s appearance at the University of Notre Dame, claiming that only "one group" is organizing a boycott and pointing to other groups who support the president’s commencement speech and reception of an honorary degree."I think there's one group organizing a boycott and, as best I can understand it, there are 23 groups that have formed in support of the president's invitation," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, according to ABC.The "one group," ND Response, is a coalition...
  • “It’s the infanticide stupid!” AP lies.. on why real Catholic’s don’t want Obama at Notre Dame.

    05/11/2009 6:07:17 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | May 11, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    We knew they would come. The lies and half truths about Barack Obama’s planned speech at next Sunday’s graduation ceremony at Notre Dame are intensifying. Beth Fouhy of the AP brings us the latest pack of lies half truths and omissions. She has produced yet another lock step bouquet to be placed on the alter of secular humanism which can not be allowed to stand unchallenged. Fouhy writes Catholics and pro-lifers are angry at Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama because; “They cite his support for abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research, and his repeal of a policy that denied...
  • Obama Doesn't Make Notre Dame Less Catholic

    05/06/2009 11:29:39 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 1,361+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 05/6/09 | Kaitlynn Reily
    In the seven weeks since Notre Dame announced President Barack Obama as its 2009 Commencement speaker, the campus has seen prayer gatherings, academic debates, banner-flying planes and bloodied baby dolls in strollers. Now, with a week and a half to go until Obama lands in South Bend to address the graduating class, another group has arrived in town to demand Notre Dame be stripped of its Catholic identity.It's really been quite the month and a half. I spent the entire day stuck in the library studying for exams, but luckily the South Bend Tribune was on the scene Tuesday to...
  • Memo to Bishops: No One Is Listening (NOTRE SHAME BARF ALERT)

    05/06/2009 10:49:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies · 1,029+ views
    Newsweek/WaPo ^ | 5/6/2009 | Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, there was a steady drumbeat of opposition to Barack Obama from some U.S. Catholic bishops, which only increased after his election. But despite the attention these attacks received in the media and on Internet blogs, polls show that the Catholic people are not listening. He has been criticized: • for being the most pro-abortion president ever, even though he wants to develop programs that will reduce the number of abortions while keeping it legal under most circumstances (he supports restrictions in the third trimester with an exception for the health of the mother); (snip) These...
  • Notre Dame Loses $8.2 Million in Withheld Donations over Obama Scandal

    04/27/2009 12:18:52 PM PDT · by topher · 63 replies · 2,527+ views
    Monday April 27, 2009 Notre Dame Loses $8.2 Million in Withheld Donations over Obama Scandal DEARBORN, MI, April 27, 2009 ( - On the same day that former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon announced that she has decided to refuse Notre Dame's Laetare Medal due to the university's invitation of Obama to receive an honorary degree at this year's commencement ceremony, a group protesting the decision has announced that the university has also lost millions in donations because of the scandal. (See: of, an online effort urging alumni and donors to the University of Notre Dame to...
  • Breaking News: Mary Ann Glendon Refuses Notre Dame's Laetare Medal

    04/27/2009 8:26:31 AM PDT · by tcg · 88 replies · 3,731+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/27/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    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...
  • Notre Dame president argues bishops' statement not for Protestants like Obama

    04/15/2009 7:19:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies · 978+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Apr 14, 2009
    South Bend, Ind., Apr 14, 2009 / 06:36 pm (CNA).- Fr. John Jenkins, the President of the University of Notre Dame, has written a letter to the school's board of trustees, defending the university’s invitation of President Obama to the school’s May commencement ceremony. Fr. Jenkins argues in his letter that while many have criticized the school’s move, canon lawyers and the USCCB document, “Catholics in Political Life,” both support his action. In the letter, posted in full on LifeSiteNews, Fr. Jenkins recalls the June 2004 USCCB statement on Catholics in political life and cites “two key sentences” that “have...
  • Putting Notre Dame’s Decision in Historical Context

    04/13/2009 9:42:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 645+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2009 | Russell Shaw
    For people whose view of history extends beyond last week, the furor over Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Barack Obama to be its commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree is simply the latest chapter in an old story by the name of “Americanism.” Notre Dame is a paradigmatic institution — flagship of the Americanist impulse in U.S. Catholicism — and with the uproar over our pro-abortion president the university’s special status has come home to roost for folks under the Golden Dome. Pope Leo XIII in 1899 condemned a heresy he called Americanism as a “reprehensible” error. He...
  • Is Notre Dame Still Catholic?

    03/31/2009 6:53:05 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 61 replies · 2,730+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/31/09 | Pat Buchanan
    By inviting Barack Obama to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins has polarized the Catholic community nationwide – and raised a question. What does it mean to be a Catholic university in post-Christian America? Are there truths about faith and morality that are closed to debate at Notre Dame? Or is Notre Dame like London's Hyde Park, where all ideas and all advocates get a hearing? To Catholics, abortion is the killing of an unborn child, a premeditated breach of God's Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill." The case is closed...
  • Obama to 'dialogue' with Catholics at Notre Dame

    03/27/2009 6:45:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 97 replies · 2,146+ views
    WND ^ | March 27, 2009
    President Obama, who has made massive strides to expand abortion rights in his first few weeks in office, is looking forward to a "dialogue" with Catholics, who by church law are pro-life, when he speaks at the school's commencement this spring. The confirmation came at a news briefing today from presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs to Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House. "What is the president's reaction to the 50,000 people already who've signed petitions joining the Catholic bishop of Fort Wayne, South Bend in objecting to his addressing the graduation and receiving an honorary degree from Notre...