Notre Dame Honors Pro-Abort

Friday, March 20, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

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The University of Notre Dame announced today that President Obama will be the commencement speaker this year and receive an honorary degree.  Leaving aside the spit in the face insult to Our Lady that this invitation constitutes, the bishops of this country* spoke on this point 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.”

I hope that faithful Catholics will do their best to persuade the administration of Notre Dame to rethink this invitation.  If the administration does not, I hope that enough faithful Catholics show up on May 17, 2009 to make the protest of the speech a memorable one.  I also trust that the students of Notre Dame who take their Faith seriously will also find means during the speech to express their displeasure over the choice of speaker known.

* United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or USCCB

Update I:  As usual, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air is on top of the story.

Update II:  Totus chimes in.

Update III:  For those of you who would like to make your views known to the president of Notre Dame, click here.

Update IV:  Good.  There is a website set up to organize resistance to this invitation.


Res & Explicatio for A.D. 3-20-2009

Friday, March 20, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

Salvete AC readers!

Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:

1.  Seems like priests and their habits have been ruminating around the blogosphere as of late.  Now Fr. Z has followed up this with insight concerning those for and against this trend.

For the link click here.

2.  Speaking of religious, after enduring the many innovations following the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, vocations have rebounded:

“Nearly 70 percent of Catholic religious communities have seen a jump in vocation inquiries in the past year”

The vast majority of those entering the religious life are tradition-minded adults under the age of 40.

For the link click here.

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Not Funny Mr. President

Friday, March 20, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

As the father of an autistic son who is also athletic, somehow the humor of Mr. Obama’s Special Olympics comment eludes me.  Much more from The Anchoress.

Update I:  Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Governor Palin’s address to the 2009 Special Olympics:

Compare and contrast.

Update II:  Totus denies any responsibility.


For Myself, I Welcome Our Robotic Overlords

Friday, March 20, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

From the only reliable news source on the net, the Onion.  Normally I think the  Onion is on target, but this merely plays into human paranoia and robotophobia.  Life is not a Magnus Robot Fighter comic book where humans battle robots bent on nefarious schemes.  We are the masters, they are–Oops, I have to cut this short.  The roomba is telling me by issuing plaintive beeps that I need to clean its brushes.


Cardinal O’Malley’s Disconnect

Friday, March 20, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

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There is a disconnect between Cardinal O’Malley’s recent statements regarding the referral for abortions at Catholic hospitals in Boston and what is actually happening on the ground.  Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, has stated in so many words that no abortions will be referred to patients in Catholic hospitals that is run by Caritas Christi Health Care Network (Caritas).  On the other hand the Boston Globe has reported that last week Thursday Massachusetts state regulators voted to accept a joint venture between a Catholic hospital chain and a healthcare organization that covers abortions, Centene (pronounced sen-teen).

This new joint venture between Caritas and Centene, called the Commonwealth Family Health Plan, will provide information on where to get an abortion at all Catholic hospitals operating under Caritas.  In addition Centene is a St. Louis based health organization that no hospital in the state of Massachusetts offers.  So basically this ‘joint venture’ will only be operating in Catholic hospitals under the Caritas plan.

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