President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to give an address at the University of Notre Dame commencement in May.
But his pro-abortion and pro-views have gotten a reactions from some 80,000 to 100,000 Catholics who are protesting in the form of an on line petition.
Lifting a federal ban on, he said just last night at a news conference, was the “right thing to do” despite criticisms from various quarters.
A White House statement released Tuesday said the president welcomes the “spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues” sparked in the Notre dame community.
But the discussion has spilled over everywhere, with reports in newspapers in London and Rome.
“While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, including Catholics with their rich tradition of recognizing the dignity of people, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position,” the White House statement said.
The Catholic Bishop in Notre Dame’s area said he will not attend.
From the “Observer,” the student newspaper at Notre Dame:
The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.