Making the rounds in pro-life circles: a petition to be delivered to Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, demanding him to scrap a planned commencement address by the President of the United States.
Notre Dame has chosen prestige over principles, popularity over morality. Whatever may be President Obama’s admirable qualities, this honor comes on the heels of some of the most anti-life actions of any American president, including expanding federal funding for abortions and inviting taxpayer-funded research on stem cells from human embryos.
The honor also comes amid great concern among Catholics nationwide about President Obama’s future impact on American society, the family, and the Catholic Church on issues such as traditional marriage, conscience protections for Catholic doctors and nurses, and expansion of abortion “rights.”
This honor is clearly a direct violation of the U.S. bishops’ 2004 mandate in “Catholics in Political Life”: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
WhoIs doesn’t have a listing for the petititon site, but there’s more on the protests from the Catholic News Agency. Obama beat Sen. John McCain in St. Joseph County, Ind. home of Notre Dame, by 17 points, aided by support from the school’s students.
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