Bishop will not attend

by Datechguy | March 24th, 2009

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Bishop will not attend

Well D’Arcy has decided to skip the Com­mence­ment:

On Fri­day, March 21, Father John Jenk­ins, CSC, phoned to inform me that Pres­i­dent Obama had accepted his invi­ta­tion to speak to the grad­u­at­ing class at Notre Dame and receive an hon­orary degree. We spoke shortly before the announce­ment was made pub­lic at the White House press brief­ing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

Pres­i­dent Obama has recently reaf­firmed, and has now placed in pub­lic pol­icy, his long-​stated unwill­ing­ness to hold human life as sacred. While claim­ing to sep­a­rate pol­i­tics from sci­ence, he has in fact sep­a­rated sci­ence from ethics and has brought the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, for the first time in his­tory, into sup­port­ing direct destruc­tion of inno­cent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame grad­u­a­tion dur­ing my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the grad­u­a­tion. I wish no dis­re­spect to our pres­i­dent, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Pres­i­dency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in sea­son and out of sea­son,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My deci­sion is not an attack on any­one, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the state­ment of the U.S. Catholic Bish­ops in 2004. “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.” Indeed, the mea­sure of any Catholic insti­tu­tion is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

As for Pro­fes­sor Glendon:

I have spo­ken with Pro­fes­sor Mary Ann Glen­don, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teach­ers, but in dif­fer­ent ways. I have encour­aged her to accept this award and take the oppor­tu­nity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I con­tinue to pon­der in prayer these events, which many have found shock­ing, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic Uni­ver­sity, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this deci­sion it has cho­sen pres­tige over truth.

A very classy statement.

Over to you ND.

Well D’Arcy has decided to skip the Commencement:

On Friday, March 21, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “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.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

As for Professor Glendon:

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

A very classy statement.

Over to you ND.

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