Thursday, May 14, 2009

Catholic Notre Dame Gives Obama Honorary Degree While Secular ASU Cites President's "Inexperience" to Deny Him Theirs

"You either belong entirely the world or entirely to God."

- St. John Marie Baptiste Vianney (Patron Saint of Parish Priests)

If only St. John Vianney spent his earthly life with us today . . . what a different world we would see.

Father Jenkins, President of Notre Dame - the most prominent Catholic University in America, is drawing a line in the sand. Except, instead of standing for Catholic principle, Fr. Jenkins is crossing over the line and stepping across to the other side. FOXNews today has reported some of the wording Obama will receive when the Catholic University exalts the most prominent liberal pro-abortion President in the country's entire history with an honorary degree. In contrast, at Arizona State University's commencement ceremony, officials there decided against giving Obama an honorary degree citing his inexperience.

The article reports that the language on the honorary degree the president will receive at Notre Dame University on Sunday will read:

"A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good.

"Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow."

The article continues to report both sides of the story:

Not so, says George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center who takes particular issue with the statement that Obama engages his political opponents.

"I don't see any evidence that President Obama takes the moral arguments of those who disagree with him on the life issues seriously," Weigel told "This was most clear in his address at the time he announced the federal government's stance on embryonic destructive stem cell research."

Weigel said he opposes Notre Dame's decision to invite Obama to speak at its commencement, and he said it's "completely inappropriate" to make him the ninth U.S. president to receive an honorary degree there.

"You can't be more offended than people like myself already are," he said.

. . . Randall Terry, who runs in protest of the president's visit, said the degree's language betrayed the teachings of the Catholic church.

". . . Obama is not acknowledging the right to life, so it's impossible for him to promote the common good."

Even more astonishing is the poll that found 50 percent of Roman Catholics supported Notre Dame's decision to venerate Obama with an honorary degree.

Meanwhile, Arizona State University, a secular institution, has done the opposite of what Notre Dame, a national symbol of the Church in academia, is planning to do. The Associated Press and FOXNews also reported that:

Unlike Notre Dame, Arizona State University will not award President Obama an honorary degree when he delivers the commencement address

Although they are renaming a scholarship fund after Obama, they are not giving him the adulation and wreath of an honorary degree, and they explain why in an AP Report:

"he hadn't accomplished enough yet to earn an honorary degree."

Even more surprising is Obama's submission to this fact when he said:

"I come here not to dispute the suggestion that I haven't yet achieved enough in my life," he said.

". . . But more than that I come to embrace the notion that I haven't done enough in my life. I heartily concur," the president said. "I come to affirm that one's title, even a title like 'president of the United States,' says very little about how well one's life has been led."

So why is Notre Dame elevating Obama with such fealty? One can only wonder if Notre Dame has lost its way and can no longer stand on principle.

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