If this picture offends you…

…Consider how it offends the Creator of heaven and earth.

A banner towed by a small plane is seen flying past the Golden Dome and statue of the Virgin Mary at the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind., on April 29. Anti-abortion activists have stepped up such displays in the weeks leading up to President Obama's planned address on campus Sunday. AP/South Bend Tribune
A banner towed by a small plane is seen flying past the Golden Dome and statue of the Virgin Mary at the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind., on April 29. Anti-abortion activists have stepped up such displays in the weeks leading up to President Obama's planned address on campus Sunday. AP/South Bend Tribune

From The Beginning…

Some people, including Catholic’s who should know better, would insinuate that the Catholic protest against honoring President Barack Hussein Obama at the University of Notre Dame can be explained away as just another conservative vs. liberal – Republican vs. Democrat political argument. This is false. There is no argument, one either keeps the Commandments of their Creator or one doesn’t. In this case the Commandment states:

“Thou shall not kill.” 

On the subject of killing children either within or outside the womb of their mother the Catholic Church (Christianity), in keeping God’s Commandment not to kill, has long taught its adherents on the evils of abortion; even within its first Catechism:

“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.

President Barack Hussein Obama, a self-professed Christian, promotes and defends by his actions the murder of children both within and outside the wombs of their mother’s. Words are meaningless without works… His works reveal the dead fruit of his tree. Again, one either keeps the Commandments of his Creator or one doesn’t. 

If there is a political component to be found in this scandal it has thus far been best described here today by George Wiegel :

“The Obama administration is full of very smart political operators. Reading last November’s electoral entrails, they’ve sensed the possibility of driving a wedge through the Catholic community in America, dividing Catholics from their bishops and thus securing the majority Catholic vote Obama received in 2008. And they’ve shrewdly judged that the soft underbelly of Catholic resistance to the Obama administration’s radical agenda on the life issues is composed of Catholic intellectuals, their prestige institutions (like Notre Dame and Georgetown), and their opinion journals—the very people and opinion centers who claimed last year that Obama was the true pro-life candidate. It’s a clever move on the political chessboard, and barring extraordinary actions from the bishops, it will likely meet with considerable success.”

Disobedience in South Bend

Of course, this scandal could have all been avoided if Bishop D’Arcy would have received the obedience required of those within his own diocese, including the once prestigious University of Notre Dame. The same article notes the words of Professor Russell Hittinger, (Notre Dame Alum) who holds the William K. Warren Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, who stated by e-mail:

“Notre Dame, [he suggested], has adopted a “purely American low-church position of [institutional] autonomy,” by acting as if the local bishop, John D’Arcy, has nothing to say to which the university must pay serious attention—although Bishop D’Arcy, a longtime Notre Dame booster, was speaking for the settled position of the American episcopate in asking the university’s president, Father John Jenkins, CSC, to reconsider his decision to honor Obama.

And what is the settled position of the American episcopate? The U.S. bishops’ 2004 mandate found within “Catholics in Political Life”, which offers no wiggle room as it applys to the serious scandal being played out in South Bend today, states:

“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.”

As I noted in this post, there should not be one American bishop who by Sunday, May 17th, 2009, that has not condemned and done all that one can do to recind the invitation offered to President Barack Hussein Obama to speak at the University of Notre Dame graduation…

Final thoughts…

If you are offended by the picture above, consider first how it offends the Creator of heaven and earth and His Commandment not to kill, and you will begin to understand the motives of those who are standing in defense of children in the womb. The words of Jesus found in Sunday’s Gospel, the day of the commencement, explains it all:

Jesus said to his disciples:

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.

Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments

and remain in his love.

This includes the Commandment: “Thou shall not kill.” 

The full Sunday readings can be found here.

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