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March 23, 2009

So What Do You Make of This??

I saw this today, and I had to share. This morning, it was announced that President Barack Obama will be speaking at Notre Dame's commencement. Wow, yikes, shock. Professor of philosophy Ralph McInerny wrote in The Catholic Thing today responding to this...well...disappointment to say the least and travesty to say the most. He wonders what priest will say the commencement Mass...not an unworthy thought, right? Ok, ok, so Obama is not Catholic, but McInerny points out that the president Fr. Jenkins is. Will he say the Mass and receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ? McInerny does not think so, because praising an abortion president, inviting him to speak at your university's commencement, and honoring him there is right on par with abortion-supporting politicians, according to McInerny. But if he won't...then who will? McInerny hits the nail on the head when he writes:
By inviting Barack Obama as commencement speaker, Notre Dame is telling the nation that the teaching of the Catholic church on this fundamental matter can be ignored. Lip service may be paid to the teaching on abortion, but it is no impediment to upward mobility, to the truly vulgar lust to be welcomed into secular society, whether on the part of individuals or institutions.

I don't even know what to think about this. I'm fighting fury and feelings of doom and gloom. What are your thoughts? What are we to do?

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