Thursday, April 16, 2009

What Bishops have said about Obama and Notre Dame

A HIGHLIGHT OF SELECTED QUOTES by several AMERICAN BISHOPS speaking up against the scheduled invitation of President Barrack Hussein Obama to the commencement of Notre Dame, where he is expected to receive an honorary degree.
Bishop Thomas Doran - Rockford, IL: (strongest words yet)...rescind this unfortunate decision...avoid dishonoring the practicing Catholics of the United States. Please have the decency to change the name of the University to something like, “The Fighting Irish College” or “Northwestern Indiana Humanist University.” It is truly obscene for you to take such decisions as you have done in a university named for our Blessed Lady, whom the Second Vatican Council called the Mother of the Church. Bps Martino & Dougherty - Scranton, PA:...demeans, we believe, the intelligent urgency exercised by the nation’s bishops in this matter. Bishop Thomas Olmsted - Phoenix, AZ: It is a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States... No one could not know of the public stands and actions of the president on key issues opposed to the most vulnerable human beings. ArchBishop John J. Myers - Newark,NJ: {to award honors, awards etc...} create{s} the perception that we endorse their public positions on these issues. We cannot justify such actions, and the Bishops have stated so clearly and strongly. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo - Galveston/Houston: I find the invitation very disappointing... the fundamental moral issue of the inestimable worth of the human person from conception to natural death is a principle that soaks all our lives as Catholics, and all our efforts at formation, especially education at Catholic places of higher learning. The president has made it clear by WORD and DEED that he will promote abortion and will remove even those LIMITED sanctions that control this ACT OF VIOLENCE against the HUMAN PERSON.... this decision requires charitable but vigorous critique. Bishop Cardinal Francis George, President USCCB: Whatever else is clear, it is clear that Notre Dame didn’t understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation,"......when you’re Catholic, everything you do changes the life of everybody else who calls himself a personal Catholic – it’s a network of relationships. ArchBishop Eusebius Beltran, Oklahoma City, OK: I am appalled, disappointed and scandalized! Notre Dame University has certainly turned against the Catholic Church.... Bishop William Lori - Bridgeport, CT: “Notre Dame extended this invitation unilaterally, seemingly without regard for the consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church in the United States. It is contrary to the efforts of bishops, parish priests, and laity to resist the anti-life decisions, policies, and legislation promoted by the Obama administration.