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Obama’s Views Cause Troubles Between Notre Dame, Bishop, Many Catholics

March 25, 2009

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-embryonic stem cell research 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 embryonic stem cell research, 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 CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLIT
ICS/03/24/obama.bishop/index.html

From the “Observer,” the student newspaper at Notre Dame:
http://media.www.ndsmcobserver.com/media/s
torage/paper660/news/2009/03/25/News/Bi
shop.White.House.Issue.Responses-3681769.shtml

 Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

80,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

March 24, 2009

The Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, is to boycott the commencement address by Barack Obama at Notre Dame, the famous Catholic university in his diocese. Bishop John M D’Arcy says that, by inviting the fanatically pro-abortion President, Notre Dame has “chosen prestige over truth”.

By Damian Thompson
Telegraph (UK)

What a great man! He may be in his late 70s, but can we have him for Westminster, please?

Here is Bishop D’Arcy’s statement. It is uncompromising and quite magnificent. I imagine it will make uncomfortable reading for Fr John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, who also has to deal with a petition of 80,000 Christians appalled by his choice.

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.

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.

Tomorrow, we celebrate as Catholics the moment when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became a child in the womb of his most holy mother. Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for the university named in her honor, that it may recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige.

I wonder how many Bishops of England and Wales would boycott an event hosted by a Catholic institution at which President Obama was the speaker. Bishop O’Donoghue, for sure. But the rest? What do you think?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/damian_tho
mpson/blog/2009/03/24/notre_dame_
has_chosen_prestige_over_truth_by
_inviting_obama_says_bishop

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/24/we-prayerfully-implore-you-t
o-halt-this-travesty-immediately/

80,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

L.A. Times coverage:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
nation/la-na-obama-notredame25-2009ma
r25,0,7036570.story?track=rss

120,000 Sign Petition to Withdraw Invite to Obama

March 24, 2009

Almost 120,000 people (as of March 25 at noon) have signed a petition objecting to the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree at the University and to participate at the University’s commencement.

The Catholic university has often endorsed liberal views and has accepted speakers of almost all views on the grounds of educational freedom.

Bishop: Notre Dame has ‘chosen prestige over truth’ by inviting Obama

But the current furor is over objections to Obama’s pro-abortion and pro-stem cell research policies.

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Obamadome at Notre Dame?

The student newspaper, The Observer, is asking students and members of the community to discuss the issue.

Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris commented from Rome by saying, “The Catholic Church protects life from conception.”

He said “some moral waffling” has gotten the Catholic Church into trouble in recent years.

“We need to reaffirm our identity and go back to core values,” Father Jonathan said.

Liberal media personality Phil Donahue who is Catholic and graduated from Notre Dame, urged a more liberal view, saying the Catholic Church was dying because it did not open itself to the views of people like Obama….

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Consider the petition:
http://notredamescandal.com/Signt
hePetitiontoFrJenkins/tabid/454/
Default.aspx

Related:
http://marysanawim.wordpress.com/
2009/03/24/notre-dame-and-the-a
udacity-of-obama/

By Madeline Buckley
From The Observer
Student newspaper, Notre Dame

Several religious and pro-life groups nationwide are expressing outrage and threatening to protest in South Bend after the University announced President Barack Obama will deliver the 2009 Commencement address at Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony May 17.

Assistant Vice President for News and Information Dennis Brown told The Observer a rumor that University switchboards were overwhelmed with callers and had to be shut down Friday night is false – a claim made by a March 20 article on pewsitter.com.

Although many outside groups are protesting University President Fr. John Jenkins’ decision, The Observer reported in an Oct. 8, 2008 article that Obama led the student body with 52.6 percent of the vote in a mock election held by student government, in which 2,692 undergraduates and graduate students voted.

The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) – a group dedicated to “renewing and strengthening Catholic identity at America’s 224 Catholic colleges and universities,” according its mission statement – launched a Web site, http://www.notredamescandal.com, that acts as an online petition asking Jenkins to withdraw the invitation for President Obama to speak based on Obama’s pro-choice stance.

The site currently claims over 47,000 signers, as of press time.

David Costanzo, CNS communications director, told The Observer that the Society believes Obama is an inappropriate choice for Commencement speaker because the decision goes against a statement made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a 2004 document titled “Catholics in Political Life,” which reads: “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.”

Read the rest:
http://media.www.ndsmcobserver.com/media/stor
age/paper660/news/2009/03/24/News/Cathol
ic.Groups.Outraged.Over.Obama.Selection-3680
391.shtml

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100da
ys/2009/03/24/critics-blast-obamas-notre-
dame-commencement-address/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/2
4/we-prayerfully-implore-you-to-halt
-this-travesty-immediately/

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Here is why Notre Dame thinks this is OK:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-d
yn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2
009032302584.html

Obama’s mythical mystique of government and science and their inherent moral benevolence

March 13, 2009

Presiden Obama is now on track to federalize schools, health care, some aspects of the media, science and just about every aspect of your American life.

Alarmist?

Maybe.  You judge for yourself.

The point is: some people do not believe that federal government rules for our schools will lead to better education across the board.

Some people do not believe that government control of health care will really mean better “care.”

Some people do not believe it is time to tax coal and gas and oil companies while we harvest the wind….There might still be too much hot air in the energy/climate change discussion….

Some people no longer beliive our national intelligence system: they said there were weapons of mass destruction is Iraq, they missed the fall of the Soviet Union, they now say what about Iran and nukes and the president wanted an anti-Isreal and pro-China guy named Freeman for a key intelligence job. Politicized?  Maybe.

Some people do believe that the spending, taxing and socialist trends we are now seeing will lead to a bankrupt America with the social life the Netherlands or Sweden.

And some people suspect that when the White House Chief of Staff engineers an assault on a private American citizen speaking his mind (Rush Limbaugh) and some folks talk about  ……  free speech will be curtailed before long.

I no longer believe in the benevolence of government.  And I surely suspect trouble in the promised benevolence of science, government and stem cell research….

And I just don’t believe in the promises of Barack Obama: the post-partisan, post-racial hope-filled future was a lie….

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By Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
March 13, 2009

Last week, the White House invited me to a signing ceremony overturning the Bush (43) executive order on stem cell research. I assume this was because I have long argued in these columns and during my five years on the President’s Council on Bioethics that, contrary to the Bush policy, federal funding should be extended to research on embryonic stem cell lines derived from discarded embryos in fertility clinics.

I declined to attend. Once you show your face at these things you become a tacit endorser of whatever they spring. My caution was vindicated.

Preident Bush had restricted federal funding for embryonic stem cell research to cells derived from embryos that had already been destroyed (as of his speech of Aug. 9, 2001). While I favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos, President Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned — and noncloned sperm-and-egg-derived — human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts.
I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix. Moreover, given the protean power of embryonic manipulation, the temptation it presents to science and the well-recorded human propensity for evil even in the pursuit of good, lines must be drawn. I suggested the bright line prohibiting the deliberate creation of human embryos solely for the instrumental purpose of research — a clear violation of the categorical imperative not to make a human life (even if only a potential human life) a means rather than an end.

On this, Obama has nothing to say. He leaves it entirely to the scientists. This is more than moral abdication. It is acquiescence to the mystique of “science” and its inherent moral benevolence. How anyone as sophisticated as Obama can believe this within living memory of Mengele and Tuskegee and the fake (and coercive) South Korean stem cell research is hard to fathom.

That part of the ceremony, watched from the safe distance of my office, made me uneasy. The other part — the ostentatious issuance of a memorandum on “restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making” — would have made me walk out.

Restoring? The implication, of course, is that while Obama is guided solely by science, Bush was driven by dogma, ideology and politics.

What an outrage. Bush’s nationally televised stem cell speech was the most morally serious address on medical ethics ever given by an American president. It was so scrupulous in presenting the best case for both his view and the contrary view that until the last few …

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/03/12/AR20
09031202764.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/12/laughingstock-president-doom-
does-a-180-cancels-fear-mongering/

Obama’s Hope, Post-Partisan, Post-Racial Promises Were All BS

Never Wrong? U.S. Intelligence Says Iran Does Not Nave Any Highly Enriched Uranium
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http://johnbrodigan.com/2009/03/12/epi
sode-v-the-republicans-strike-back/

Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

Stem Cells, Obama, Science, Morality, Taxes, Responsibility

March 9, 2009

One of our regulary readers commented on another site: “Yes, please. Let’s allow scientists to determine what is right and moral; they have such a lack of bias and experience in knowing right from wrong.  I’m sure Dr. Mengele would approve wholeheartedly of such a course of action.”

Well, we aren’t much suprised at the irony of American life: a nation that has food banks for underfed dogs and cats has chosen a course of politial action called “choice,” which is really a birth control measure for those too lazy to use prevention measures wnich results in, many say, human death.

We are in the age of f**k you!

So now we are going to use the human death of some future genertion to keep alive (if the science eventually works) older people suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other fatal illnesses.

Maybe.

And the president who hosted a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” sees no lack of responsibility in abortion and the use of hman tissue for “research.”

Ironic.

Well, the unborn are overtaxed already under the Obama spending, borrowing and debt plan so who cares if the unborn live to pay their tax bill?

We’ll be gone.

Seems America has joined others in the world of the totally selfish….Fiscal responsibility is now the mantra: yet we are burdening our children with debt (if they survive their embrionic stage).

Ironic.

I am sure the Vatican will weigh in on this latest American retreat from morality and that most of the mainstream media will blow off the Pope by saying he supports sexual abuse of children….

Charles Krauthammer siad, “The President hasn’t thought about  this enough.”

Related:

http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/obam
a-to-let-health-institute-decide-day-to-day-policy-
on-stem-cells/

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By Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state.

“No other religious bloc has kept such a pace in every state,” the study’s authors said.

In the Northeast, self-identified Catholics made up 36 percent of adults last year, down from 43 percent in 1990. At the same time, however, Catholics grew to about one-third of the adult population in California and Texas, and one-quarter of Floridians, largely due to Latino immigration, according to the research.

Nationally, Catholics remain the largest religious group, with 57 million people saying they belong to the church. The tradition gained 11 million followers since 1990, but its share of the population fell by about a percentage point to 25 percent.

Christians who aren’t Catholic also are a declining segment of the country.

In 2008, Christians comprised 76 percent of U.S. adults, compared to about 77 percent in 2001 and about 86 percent in 1990. Researchers said the dwindling ranks of mainline Protestants, including Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians, largely explains the shift. Over the last seven years, mainline Protestants dropped from just over 17 percent to 12.9 percent of the population.

The report from The Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., surveyed 54,461 adults in English or Spanish from February through November of last year. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.5 percentage points. The findings are part of a series of studies on American religion by the program that will later look more closely at reasons behind the trends.

The current survey, being released Monday, found traditional organized religion playing less of a role in many lives. Thirty percent of married couples did not have a religious wedding ceremony and 27 percent of respondents said they did not want a religious funeral.

About 12 percent of Americans believe in a higher power but not the personal God at the core of monotheistic faiths. And, since 1990, a slightly greater share of respondents — 1.2 percent — said they were part of new religious movements, including Scientology, Wicca and Santeria.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090309/
ap_on_re/rel_religious_america

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Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/09/anot
her-unhinged-democrat-to-taxpayer-get-the-fk
-out-of-my-office/

Related:
http://nobamablog.wordpress.com/2009/03
/09/obamas-political-munchausen-by-prox
y-syndrome/

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By Philip Pullella

 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – President Barack Obama‘s lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church.

 

After Obama signed the order on Monday, the Vatican and U.S. and Italian Church leaders condemned the move. One commentator said the test of “a real democracy” was its defense of the most defenseless.

 

Obama’s executive order reversed and repudiated restrictions placed on the research by his predecessor, George W. Bush, freeing labs across the country to start working with the cells, which can give rise to any kind of cell in the body.

 

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on pro-life activities, called Obama’s decision “a sad victory of politics over science and ethics.”

 

“This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to be harvested,” he added.

 

The Catholic Church, other religious groups and pro-life advocates oppose stem cell research — which scientists hope can lead to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s — because it involves the destruction of embryos.

 

The Catholic Church supports adult stem….

Read the rest:
http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCa
ndidateFeed2/idUSTRE52933620090310

Pope, Vatican Issue Strongest Declaration on Human Life

December 12, 2008

The Vatican raised its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, the morning-after pill, in vitro fertilization and human cloning to a new level Friday in a major new document on bioethics.

But in the document, the Vatican also said it approved of some forms of gene therapy and encouraged stem cell research using adult cells. And it said parents could in good conscience inoculate their children with vaccines produced with cells derived from aborted fetuses.

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued “The Dignity of a Person” to answer bioethical questions that have emerged in the two decades since its last such document was published.

With it, the Vatican has essentially confirmed in a single, authoritative instruction the opinions of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican advisory body that has debated these issues for years.

Read the rest:     
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081212/ap_on_re_eu/
eu_vatican_bioethics;_ylt=AhGpy2Cma9K.F9XlnmpuaBhvaA8F