Notre [Sh]ame: the Decline of a Catholic identity

By now it’s practically old news, reading about President Obama’s invitation and honorary law degree to be received this weekend at Notre Dame University (former Catholic institution of higher learning); it’s getting to be a wary topic. And what’s the hullabaloo? There’s a standing invitation for the President (whomever he may be) to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement activities. Why all the Catholic uproar, protests, and talk of scandal?

It’s not because President Obama is speaking at Notre Dame. No sir. Sure, if Obama were simply speaking at Notre Dame’s commencement, many Catholics would “tsk, tsk” and shake their heads. But, (and this is key) Obama’s being awarded (i.e., honored) with an honorary (there’s that honor again) degree of (here’s the kicker,) Law. A law degree. An honorary law degree to the most pro-abortion President this country has ever seen. An honorary law degree to a man who voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, who promised Planned Parenthood enthusiasts that he would remove all restrictions on abortion by signing the Freedom of Choice Act, who had the audacity to call unplanned children punishments, etc., etc., etc. the list goes on.

It’s a slap in the face to Catholics in this country. It’s a slap in the face to citizens of this country who have fought tirelessly against the evil of abortion.

This is not a matter of politics– it never has been– it’s a matter of LIFE. This is the real life or death situation. The lives of millions of American children depend upon our speaking up for them who cannot speak for themselves. Life is sacred, life is special, life is full of meaning. This is the foundation for EVERYTHING.

To trample and take lightly the pro-life movement– the fight to save the morals and basic human rights in this country– is an affront not merely to humanity, but robs Notre Dame of its Catholic identity. You cannot be Catholic and devalue life. You cannot embrace Catholicism and reject the sacredness of human life, reject the Gospel call to defend and help the weak, the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, etc. Social justice issues DEPEND upon a foundation that respects, at its base, the right to life.

Notre Dame truly has become Notre Shame under the watch of Fr. Jenkins and those who support the honoring of President Obama at this year’s commencement activities.

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