No Way Notre Dame, Obama Must Go!: Sign The Petition

Abortion President Barack Obama

Commencement Speaker at Notre Dame!

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Sign The Petition, Stop The Scandal

Editors Note: Click here or below to go directly to the petition site.

Dear Father Jenkins:

It has come to our attention that the University of Notre Dame will honor President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker on May 17.

It is an outrage and a scandal that “Our Lady’s University,” one of the premier Catholic universities in the United States, would bestow such an honor on President Obama given his clear support for policies and laws that directly contradict fundamental Catholic teachings on life and marriage.
This nation has many thousands of accomplished leaders in the Catholic Church, in business, in law, in education, in politics, in medicine, in social services, and in many other fields who would be far more appropriate choices to receive such an honor from the University of Notre Dame.
Instead 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.”

We prayerfully implore you to halt this travesty immediately. We do so with the hope that Catholics nationwide will likewise call on you to uphold the sacred mission of your Catholic university. May God grant you the courage and wisdom to do what is right.

Sincerely,

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3 thoughts on “No Way Notre Dame, Obama Must Go!: Sign The Petition”

  1. Please, Fr. Jenkins, do not sactify this president’s murderous justifications by allowing him to speak at this year’s commencement. This is a disgrace to Our Lady’s University and all the we have stood for over the years.

    Please end this now.

    Sam Wing 1988

  2. Protest abortions, fine. Protest Obama, fine. But, the Catholic Church’s congregants would be served if you addressed this issue on the front end rather than the back. Ever consider preaching abstinence, or protected sex so that the need for abortions might decrease? Or, how about advocating more on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged so that they might realize how having a child early in life might adversely affect their adult opportunities, such as completing high school, college, and finding a job/career? People are going to have sex, and stories have circulated about how some Catholic girls have anal sex rather than vaginal sex because they believe the former NOT to be sex. These kids seem ripe for some education and proactive leadership from the Catholic church.

    Unfortunately, I’ve worked with kids who were either unwanted or born into a family that was grossly unprepared for the responsibility of parenthood. Some of these kids were so severely neglected, poorly parented, and/or abused that many wished themselves dead. I, too, see them at the back end, but many of us also work at the front end of this problem.

    For those who believe themselves grossly incapable of becoming parents, you do them a disservice by preventing them an “out” when it is available to them.

    I also know of some theologians who believe that abortions do not go against the Christian teachings, as there is debate as to when exactly life begins, or when clusters of cells become a human being.

    I believe the Catholic Church, and other churches as well, can better use their time than to simply protest or picket politicians. Work more on the front end of this problem so that the problem will hopefully one day go away.

    1. Hi Pragmatist, welcome to Fratres–Here’s my response:

      (My remarks in highlight)

      Protest abortions, fine. Protest Obama, fine. But, the Catholic Church’s congregants would be served if you addressed this issue on the front end rather than the back. Ever consider preaching abstinence [Yes!!! See here:], or protected sex so that the need for abortions might decrease? [No!!! See here] Or, how about advocating more on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged so that they might realize how having a child early in life might adversely affect their adult opportunities, such as completing high school, college, and finding a job/career? [After the federal government, I believe the Catholic Church is the greatest advocate for the poor in America—and probably the world; and much/most of western civilization i.e. education, health care, social justice, laws, etc.. etc.. is due to Christianity.] People are going to have sex [Traditional Married sex I hope…], and stories have circulated about how some Catholic girls have anal sex rather than vaginal sex because they believe the former NOT to be sex. [Vulgarity aside, an unsubstantiated claim, and if true, a sin. See here] These kids seem ripe for some education and proactive leadership from the Catholic church. [The Catholic Church (her faith and morals teachings) is the norm for any kid to flourish and reach his or her full potential as human beings in this world—organically and spiritually—unless an obstacle is placed along the path.]
      Unfortunately, I’ve worked with kids who were either unwanted or born into a family that was grossly unprepared for the responsibility of parenthood. Some of these kids were so severely neglected, poorly parented, and/or abused that many wished themselves dead. I, too, see them at the back end, but many of us also work at the front end of this problem. [I was one of these kids in all that you said above, everything, and I commend you on your fine work on their (our) behalf. but, life is “always a good” no matter the circumstances because life itself finds its origin coming from God and is ordered towards the same—there are eternal considerations here.
      What is missing here is that “love is proven in suffering”. You prove your love in your good works, but God has proven His love for man through becoming man—taking on all suffering and death on behalf of all men. Your work is temporary, but His is eternal. Really, set aside the doubt of the world for an moment, and consider what it would truly mean if Jesus Christ was the Man of All Sorrows, and as God, took on every sorrow and death the world has ever (or will) know(n) and defeated it—would that not be the eternal caress and answer to every evil you decry here? It’s true… You are only ignorant (no offense at all intended with this word) of the Creator’s Spirit (Love) that leads into the depths of Divine Mercy—the heart of God…] Death is not the end, and suffering has an (divine) expiation value unknown to you at present. (Ask any Catholic about “offering it up”.)]

      For those who believe themselves grossly incapable of becoming parents, you do them a disservice by preventing them an “out” when it is available to them. [Sorry, science has already well proven that life begins at conception, and if life, then a human being who derives his or her own personhood, dignity and value directly and inherently from God. Abortion is nothing other than murder. This is the needed education.]
      I also know of some theologians who believe that abortions do not go against the Christian teachings, as there is debate as to when exactly life begins, or when clusters of cells become a human being. [Answered above, but abortion is not new on the scene, and the Church instituted by Jesus Christ has consistently proclaimed the grave evil of aborting children from the beginning:

      “You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one who has been born.”

      The Didache [The Teaching Of The Twelve Apostles] c. 80-140 A.D. [A Non-canonical document of course, but a true indicator of the Church teaching then–as now]].

      As for theologians–they are not the teaching authority of the Church. Heck, I know some who deny the divinity of Christ!

      I believe the Catholic Church, and other churches as well, can better use their time than to simply protest or picket politicians. Work more on the front end of this problem so that the problem will hopefully one day go away. [I think, at least I hope, that we all want abortion to go away.]

      Thanks for the comment—

      Grace. Blessings. Peace. Life. In that order for you and yours…
      jme

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