According to LifeNews, Fr. Jenkins said today that there’s essentially no way that he’s going to rescind the invitation to Obama no matter what you nutty pro-lifers say.

He said you’ve got it all wrong. See, you thought Notre Dame was honoring President Obama with an honorary Law degree and allowing him to give a Commencement address. You thought Fr. Jenkins was showing by his invitation that he was uncommitted to the life issue but what you mouth breathers are too dull to understand is that Fr. Jenkins’ invitation to Obama actually shows how pro-life he really really is. You see he’s engaging with Obama.

No. Stop laughing. I’m serious. This is what he said:

“We are not ignoring the critical issue of the protection of life. On the contrary, we invited him because we care so much about those issues, and we hope … for this to be the basis of an engagement with him,” Jenkins told the Observer. “You cannot change the world if you shun the people you want to persuade, and if you cannot persuade them … show respect for them and listen to them.”

I’m just wondering when this engagement will actually occur? On his way from Air Force One to the commencement? Or on his way to the cameras where he’ll pose for CNN right after speaking at a Catholic university that ignored his record on abortion and emryonic stem cell research?

For a thorough fisking of Fr. Jenkin’s remarks on this topic you can visit The Curt Jester.