Father Norman Weslin, Champion of the Unborn

Monday, March 8, 2010 \AM\.\Mon\.

There will come a day in this country when future generations will look back on legal abortion with the same shame and abhorrence that we now look upon slavery.  In that future those who stood up for the unborn will be regarded as heroines and heroes.  On that day no name will be more praised than that of Father Norman Weslin.

Father Weslin followed an extremely unlikely path to the priesthood.  Born 80 years ago to Oscar and Hilma Weslin, he was the 16th of 18 children, the first ten of whom died in infancy.  The family lived in Iron City in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  A tough land, it often produces tough people, and Norman Weslin was no exception.  Always in trouble in school, a bright spot in his life was his future wife Mary Lou who he met in the fifth grade.   She was Catholic and he was Lutheran, but that made no difference to him.  As they reached high school age she became the center of his life.

At 17 he joined the Army and asked Mary Lou to marry him.  She flatly refused unless he made something of himself.  Perhaps to the astonishment of both of them he did.  He graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in October of 1951 and was commissioned a second lieutenant.  He went on to artillery and missile school at Fort Bliss, Texas.  While there he converted to Catholicism and he and Mary Lou were married.

He then attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia which began his association with the 82nd Airborne.  Unfortunately, it was here that he began to drink heavily and became, in the words of Father Weslin, for the next twenty years “a hopeless alcoholic”.  While stationed in Panama in 1952 he almost killed Mary Lou while driving drunk.  The doctor treating her after the collision told him that she had suffered a massive brain concussion and was going to die.  A nurse gave him a green scapular and told him to pin it to Mary Lou’s pajamas and pray, “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.”  He did so.  Against the odds Mary Lou fully recovered and left the hospital three days later.

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Adios Heretics, Hello Orthodoxy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 \PM\.\Wed\.

With the recent scandals rocking the Catholic Church here in America as in President Obama receiving an honorary degree at the University of Notre Shame to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claiming that abortion is an open-ended issue in the Church, we have seen a reemergence of ecclesial leadership on behalf of our shepherds.  Many bishops have awoken to the fact that being “pastoral[1]” has been a remarkable failure in resolving the deviancy emanating from Catholics and Catholic institutions.

The upsurge of young adults rediscovering their faith to the excellent parenting of Catholic families in raising fine orthodox Christian children, we have seen what is only the beginning of a Catholic renaissance here in America.  And let us not forgot the ever faithful cradle Catholics among us that have contributed in keeping the faith in the tumult arising from the Second Vatican Council to today.

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Father John Jenkins Pro-Life Baby Steps

Saturday, September 19, 2009 \PM\.\Sat\.

Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., released a message to the University of Notre Dame family outlining two pro-life initiatives to recompense for the scandal of awarding President Obama an honorary degree.

1.  Father Jenkins plans to attend the March for Life Anniversary of Roe v. Wade event in Washington D.C.

2.  Establish a Task Force on Supporting the Choice for Life.

These two initiatives are a good first start in adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church established by Jesus Himself.

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Notre Dame Must Answer For The Obama Scandal

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 \AM\.\Wed\.

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[Updated as of 8-26-2009 AD at 6:01 pm CST, see below]

Bishop D’Arcy pens an article in the dissident Catholic Jesuit-run magazine, America, by rapping the University of Notre Dame in it’s failure in being a witness to the Gospel by honoring the most anti-life president in the history of the United States.

He goes on to single out Father John Jenkins for his failure in leading as a man of faith and to the board of trustees for their deafening silence.

Finally he asks the University of Notre Dame, but also other Catholic universities, whether they will follow the Land O’Lakes Statement, which proclaimed in ambiguous language that it was ‘ok’ to dissent from Catholic teaching, or adhere to Ex Corde Ecclesiae, where Catholic teaching and identity must be a priori.

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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.


The real sadness of Notre Dame

Monday, May 18, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

I haven’t been a very active contributor.  For that I’m sorry. Mainly, I’ve been struggling to keep silence about controversial topics as I deal with my life in Christ.  However,  I guess I now have something I have to say.

I gave Obama a fair viewing yesterday. I sat and I listened to all the talking heads prior to the speech (I love how they like to pit Catholics against one another). I sat through the entire program as presented to me.  And here is the saddest part of the whole affair: when the introduction for President Obama was made, and the presenter said that Notre Dame opposes Obama’s positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research . . . the support from the crowd was muted compared to the raucous applause and ovations given to the President himself.

I guess what I’m saying is this:  I’m more disappointed by the student body of Notre Dame than I thought I would be. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I had to say it.


The Obligatory Obama Speech Post

Sunday, May 17, 2009 \PM\.\Sun\.

After months of discussion, Obama finally gave his commencement address at Notre Dame University today.  Due to a near fascistic exercise on the part of the ND administration, the event was virtually free of any signs of protest, and Obama made full use of the event to do his “don’t you wish you could be as moderate and measured as I am” shtick which we know so well from the campaign.  The text is as follows:

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Jesuitical 2

Monday, May 11, 2009 \PM\.\Mon\.

John P. Lanagan

In the National Catholic Reporter, Father John P. Lanagan, SJ, of Georgetown takes to task those bishops and cardinals in our country who view abortion as the pre-eminent moral issue of our time and who have the audacity to speak out against the Obama administration because of it.  Father Z shows him the errors of his way.

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60%-25%

Friday, May 8, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

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Hattip to Rich Leonardi at Ten Reasons.  According to a poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports, Catholics oppose the awarding of an honorary degree to Obama by Notre Dame 60%-25%.  52% of all Americans agree that Notre Dame should not award an honorary degree to Obama.

By a 60% to 25% margin, U.S. Catholics say the university should not award an honorary degree to the president. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Evangelical Christians share that view along with 52% of other Protestants.

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Jesuitical

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 \PM\.\Wed\.

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As part of his decades long struggle to assist pro-abort politicians, Father Thomas Reese, SJ, had a piece in the Washington Post attacking the bishops and cardinals who have spoken out against Obama Day on May 17, 2009.  The article is fisked to pieces in the Father Z style here.

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Mass of Reparation

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

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Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Orlando offered a mass of reparation on May 3, 2009 at the request of Notre Dame alumni.  Father Z’s comments in regard to the Bishop’s homily, as always, are incisive.  Here is the text of the Bishop’s homily:

“Today’s Mass is offered in reparation for the sins and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in our world today.  We do this at the initiative of Notre-Dame alumni here in Central Florida who, like many other Catholics across the country, are confused and upset that their alma mater would grant an honorary doctorate to President Obama despite his rather extremist views on abortion.  In granting this honorary degree, Notre-Dame chose to defy the Bishops of the United States who have said that “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.”

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Outside Agitators

Monday, May 4, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

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Hattip to the ever reticent lads and lasses at The Lair of the Catholic CavemenAccording to the Online Journal, a leftist internet news source, federal authorities are worried about “right-wing” Catholics opposed to the Obama visit stirring things up while Obama is at Notre Dame:

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A Victory For Life At Notre Dame

Friday, May 1, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

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In all the furor about Obama Day at Notre Dame, it is easy to lose sight about what we are talking about:  life or death.  Lacy Dodd brings the issue front and center in this essay at First Things.  How many of us would not be present here today if not for some young woman in a tough situation choosing life over death?

Update: Read the excellent commentary by Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia as to The Real Beneficiaries of Abortion (Hint:  It Ain’t Women Who Are The Ones Being Liberated).


Sorry Doug!

Thursday, April 30, 2009 \PM\.\Thu\.

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Jenkins has found someone to substitute for Mary Ann Glendon.  John T. Noonan, Jr., a Reagan appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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“—a Moral Issue on Which There Can Be No Compromise.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 \AM\.\Wed\.

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Before he was elevated to be Archbishop of Newark, John J. Myers was Bishop of Peoria, my diocese.   I always liked him.  He was vibrant and orthodox and attracted many men to the priesthood during his tenure.  Earlier this month he released this statement in regard to Obama Day at Notre Dame on May 17, 2009:

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Mary Ann Glendon

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 \AM\.\Tue\.

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Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard, is in the limelight now for her decision to deprive Jenkins of his fig-leaf over his invitation to honor Obama on May 17, 2009.  I am not surprised by this development.  She has long been an eloquent defender of the unborn in a completely hostile environment.  She has written many articles on the subject.

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Mary Ann Glendon Declines Notre Dame’s Invitation

Monday, April 27, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

As Brendan noted a while back, the Notre Dame controversy, “has all the staying power of an inebriated relative after a dinner party.” I’m loathe to post on it again, but there has been a fairly significant development: Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon has decided not to attend the graduation or accept the Laetare Medal. Here, via First Things is the text of her letter to Father Jenkins:

April 27, 2009
The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President
University of Notre Dame

Dear Father Jenkins,

When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.

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Northwestern Indiana Humanist University

Friday, April 3, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

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Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, Illinois pulls no punches in his letter to Jenkins regarding the homage to Obama day scheduled for May 17, 2009 at the college currently known as Notre Dame.

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“Notre Dame didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic”

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 \PM\.\Tue\.

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As President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,  Francis Cardinal George of Chicago today spoke out on the Notre Dame scandal.  The money quote:  “So whatever else is clear, it is clear that Notre Dame didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation, …” Note however that the Cardinal also spoke of corresponding with Jenkins several times on the issue.  That of course will get approximately nowhere.  Jenkins and the powers that be at Notre Dame have made very clear that they will not back down.  They should be compelled to do so.  Here is a fisking of the press report by Father Z.