Peter Hitchens on Obama at Notre Dame

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

Hitchens Brothers

Peter Hitchens, the sober and sane brother of Christopher Hitchens, has a good column on Obama at Notre Dame.

“Some of you will have seen that Saint Barack ran into the first serious public hostility of his career on a visit to Notre Dame University, an old-established Roman Catholic college of some reputation, in South Bend, Indiana. The headline on this posting refers to the shouts which echoed across the hall as he addressed the student body and picked up an honorary degree, against the opposition of many American Roman Catholics. They are right to oppose these unjustified and mistaken compliments. I do not think Mr Obama seeks genuine compromise with this great Christian institution. I think on the contrary that he hopes to co-opt it into his machine, and compromise it so that it moderates its opposition to him.

I also do not think that ‘Yes, we can’ is much of a response to the accusations of abortion opponents. It reminds me of the general empty-headed rock-star worship which became such a feature of Mr Obama’s campaign. What, in this instance, does it mean? So far as I know Mr Obama’s attitude towards abortion is at the extreme end of permissive, as he will no doubt show when he picks his candidates for the Supreme Court, the USA’s potent and unelected third legislative chamber.”

For the article click here.


And Jenkins Thought He Only Had 79 Bishops To Worry About!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

Catholic Bishops

Father Z gives Jenkins’ paean to Obama a memorable fisking here.


Picturesque and Primative

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

From last weekend’s Wall Street Journal, an article on the not-yet-crowded heritage treasures in the world:

As dawn breaks on top of a mountain near the China-Vietnam border, hundreds of water-filled rice terraces reveal themselves, clinging to the mountainside in geometric patterns in every direction. The rising sun, reflecting off the water, turns some of the terraces bright shades of orange and gold. Then solitary figures appear, black against the rising sun — peasants with their water buffaloes hitched to wooden plows.

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Notre Dame Redux

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Who knew that this would be the issue to bring me out of my hermitage?  After having threatened my satellite television provider with cancellation, they offered me a slimmed-down package that only has a couple of news outlets.  So, on Sunday I was ‘forced’ to watch CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s commencement address. Leading up to and afterward, the network had Fr. James Martin and Raymond Arroyo squared off against each other discussing the controversy.  Besides being a clear example of media bias (read the transcript and count how many times the host interrupted Arroyo vs Martin), it was disheartening considering how feted Fr. Martin has been on certain venues in St. Blogs.  He’s often described as a “friend of <insert blog name here>”.  After this performance? Nothing from these blogs that have lauded him and pushed his books.  Perhaps I’m on some sort of revengeful witch-hunt. I don’t know.  All I know is that I was deeply disappointed in Fr. Martin and with the silence of the blogs who have lauded him.


Chaput on Jenkins

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

Archbishop Chaput

Hattip to Catholic ReportArchbishop Chaput’s thoughts on Jenkins and Obama Day at Notre Dame:

Archbishop Chaput on Notre Dame and the issues that remain

“I have found that even among those who did not go to Notre Dame, even among those who do not share the Catholic faith, there is a special expectation, a special hope, for what Notre Dame can accomplish in the world.”

~ Reverend John Jenkins, C.S.C., May 17, 2009

Most graduation speeches are a mix of piety and optimism designed to ease students smoothly into real life.  The best have humor.  Some genuinely inspire.  But only a rare few manage to be pious, optimistic, evasive, sad and damaging all at the same time.  Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, is a man of substantial intellect and ability.  This makes his introductory comments to President Obama’s Notre Dame commencement speech on May 17 all the more embarrassing.

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The Fisking of Jenkins

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.
Obama and Sycophant

Here is the text of the speech that Jenkins gave before he introduced Obama at Notre Dame on Sunday.  My comments are interspersed:

“President Obama, Fr. Hesburgh, Judge Noonan, Members of the Board of Trustees, Members of the faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents, and most of all – the Notre Dame Class of 2009:

Several autumns ago, you came to Notre Dame from home….now Notre Dame has become home. And it always will be. For home is not where you live. Home is where you belong. You will always belong – and I pray you will always feel you belong – here at Notre Dame.   Fairly odd sentiment.  I never confused my college with home.  I believe that the students at Notre Dame also pay 50k a year to be part of this “home”.

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