Cardinal DiNardo has joined a number of bishops concerning Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama, writing in his pastoral newsletter this weekend, according to Catholic News Agency:
I find the invitation very disappointing. Though I can understand the desire by a university to have the prestige of a commencement address by the President of the United States, the fundamental moral issue of the inestimable worth of the human person from conception to natural death is a principle that soaks all our lives as Catholics, and all our efforts at formation, especially education at Catholic places of higher learning.”
The President has made clear by word and deed that he will promote abortion and will remove even those limited sanctions that control this act of violence against the human person.
The Bishops of the United States published a document a few years ago asking all Catholic universities to avoid giving a platform or an award to those politicians or public figures who promote the taking of unborn human life.
Even given the dignity of Office of the President, this offer is still providing a platform and an award for a public figure who has been candid on his pro-abortion views.
Particularly troubling is the Honorary Law Degree since it recognizes that the person is a ‘Teacher,’ in this case of the Law. I think that this decision requires charitable but vigorous critique.
The pressure seems to be mounting. Currently, there are over 212,000 signatures at NotreDameScandal.com.