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A Letter of Protest

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A Letter of Protest

Post  @doi on Mon Mar 30 2009, 11:45

Dear Father Jenkins:

It has come to our attention that the
University of Notre Dame will honor President Barack Obama as its
commencement speaker on May 17.

It is an outrage and a
scandal that “Our Lady’s University,” one of the premier Catholic
universities in the United States, would bestow such an honor on
President Obama given his clear support for policies and laws that
directly contradict fundamental Catholic teachings on life and marriage.


This nation has many thousands of accomplished leaders in the
Catholic Church, in business, in law, in education, in politics, in
medicine, in social services, and in many other fields who would be far
more appropriate choices to receive such an honor from the University
of Notre Dame.

Instead Notre Dame has chosen prestige over
principles, popularity over morality. Whatever may be President Obama’s
admirable qualities, this honor comes on the heels of some of the most
anti-life actions of any American president, including expanding
federal funding for abortions and inviting taxpayer-funded research on
stem cells from human embryos.

The honor also comes amid
great concern among Catholics nationwide about President Obama’s future
impact on American society, the family, and the Catholic Church on
issues such as traditional marriage, conscience protections for
Catholic doctors and nurses, and expansion of abortion “rights.”


This honor is clearly a direct violation of the U.S. bishops’ 2004
mandate in “Catholics in Political Life”: “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.”

We prayerfully implore you to halt this travesty immediately.


We do so with the hope that Catholics nationwide will likewise call
on you to uphold the sacred mission of your Catholic university. May
God grant you the courage and wisdom to do what is right.

Sincerely,


Ernesto T. Espiritu, M.D.

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