Although the subject of President Obama being honored by Notre Dame has quickly cooled in the fast-paced blogging universe- I wanted to weigh in with some comments because I think it is important to hold the President to account on some of the promises he made in his speech, and to offer some ideas for how Catholic universities should approach such political intersections in the future.
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.