Notre Dame President Refuses to Rule Out Fetal Stem Cell Research at ND – NDResponse.com

The head of NDreponse.com – a coalition of Notre Dame student organizations representing hundreds of students – indicated on Drew Mariani’s show on Relevant Radio today that they had been in discussions with ND President Jenkins for a meeting.  NDResponse indicated that Fr. Jenkins wanted a meeting with only a few dozen students, no press and no recording.  The student organization requested that Fr. Jenkins – as a gesture of good faith – publicly state that there would be no fetal stem cell research performed at ND – and that a Pro-Life Ombudsman positon be created to be a watchdog for prolife activities.  The group indicated that Fr. Jenkins refused to make these statements.

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31 Bishops have publicly opposed the University of Notre Dame’s invitation of Obama

The NDResponse.com site lists thirty one Catholic Bishops who have publicly expressed opposition to the University’s choice of commencement speakers and the decision to give him an honorary degree

Bishops who have Publicly Opposed the University’s Invitation

  1. The Most Reverend John M. D’Arcy, Bishop of Fort Wayne – South Bend (Indiana)
  2. His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago (lllinois) and USCCB President
  3. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Cardinal Archbishop of Galveston – Houston (Texas)
  4. The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan – outgoing Archbishop of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), and newly appointed Archbishop of New York (New York) 
  5. The Most Reverend John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis(Minnesota)
  6. The Most Reverend Eusebius Beltran, Archbishop of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
  7. The Most Reverend John Myers – Archbishop of Newark (New Jersey)
  8. The Most Reverend Thomas Olmsted – Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) (PDF)
  9. The Most Reverend Gregory Aymond – Bishop of Austin (Texas)
  10. The Most Reverend Robert Lynch – Bishop of St. Petersburg (Florida)
  11. The Most Reverend Edward Slattery – Bishop of Tulsa (Oklahoma)
  12. The Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless – Bishop of Sioux City (Iowa)
  13. Paul CB Schenck, MA (Theol.), LHD on behalf of The Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)
  14. The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Rockford (Illinois)
  15. The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison (Wisconsin)
  16. The Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans (Louisiana) (PDF)
  17. The Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of Scranton (Pennsylvania)
  18. The Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton (Pennsylvania)
  19. The Most Reverend William Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport (Connecticut) (PDF, see page 10)
  20. The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown (Ohio)
  21. The Most Reverend William Higi, Bishop of Lafayette (Indiana)
  22. The Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio (Texas) (PDF)
  23. The Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio (Texas) (PDF)
  24. The Most Reverend Anthony Taylor, Bishop of Little Rock (Arkansas)
  25. The Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Bishop of La Crosse (Wisconsin) (PDF)
  26. The Most Reverend Alexander Sample, Bishop of Marquette (Michigan)
  27. The Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Bishop of Fargo (North Dakota) (PDF)
  28. The Most Reverend Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore (Maryland)
  29. The Most Reverend Daniel Buechlein, Archbishop of Indianapolis (Indiana)
  30. The Most Reverend Rober Baker, Bishop of Birmingham (Alabama)
  31. The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln (Nebraska)

Prof. Rice calls for “No Confrontation” at ND during commencement – rather a Rosary Army

Prof. Charles Rice, professor emeritus of ND law school in an article in the ND/SMC Observer newspaper has called for a peaceful response to the President’s visit to campus during commencement:

Apart from the “life” issues, our leaders were reckless to commit Notre Dame to Obama in the face of mounting and well-grounded opposition to other Obama policies, including his fiscal deficits and such a stunning expansion of executive power and of federal control over private entities and states that it amounts to a constitutional coup. Unmentioned in the background are the pending lawsuits – not yet decided on the merits by the Supreme Court – that raise serious questions as to Obama’s eligibility for the office.

Our leaders act in what they think is the best interest of Notre Dame. But that is no excuse. The invitation should be withdrawn. It implies no personal animosity to suggest that Fr. Jenkins and the other Fellows and Trustees responsible for this fiasco should resign or be removed.

What would be a proper response? On-site demonstrations would be counterproductive. You can petition or write to our leaders. But the appeal should be made instead to a higher authority. An alumnus has suggested that students, faculty, staff and friends of Notre Dame ought to – and we will – pray a continuous Rosary of reparation at the Grotto during the time of Commencement, from two to four on Sunday, May 17th. This would not interfere with Commencement which is on the other side of campus. It would not be a demonstration or protest. No signs, marches, or disruption. Just peaceful prayer, in silence or aloud, by individuals and families. If you can’t make it to the Grotto, pray the Rosary during that time wherever you are. Incidentally, Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Laetare Medal recipient, would make a better use of her time at the Grotto than as a warm-up or wind-up act at Commencement.

Parking is limited, but you can park off campus and walk to the Grotto. There should be no objection by Notre Dame officials to students, faculty, staff and friends of Notre Dame peacefully going to the Grotto to pray. It makes no difference how many show up. The objective is simply a union of prayer to make reparation and to petition Notre Dame, Our Lady, for Notre Dame, our University.

Bishop D’Arcy’s Statement about Obama speaking and receiving degree from Notre Dame

Redeemer Radio’s site includes text of Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop D’Arcy’s statement regarding the University of Notre Dame’s decision to host President Obama at this year’s Graduation ceremony:

Concerning President Barack Obama speaking at Notre Dame graduation, receiving honorary law degree

Statement from Bishop D’Arcy

March 24, 2009

On Friday, March 20, Father John Jenkins, CSC, phoned to inform me that President Obama had accepted his invitation to speak to the graduating class at Notre Dame and receive an honorary degree. We spoke shortly before the announcement was made public at the White House press briefing. It was the first time that I had been informed that Notre Dame had issued this invitation.

President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his longstated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred. While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words – but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “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.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

This Statue is on the Notre Dame Campus – Just outside Sacred Heart Church

Erected by the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus

Caption Reads: ” In Memory of the Innocent Victims of Abortion”

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Barack at Notre Dame? Our Lady Strikes Back!

Author and ND alum Thomas O’Toole at FightingIrishThomas.net presents this “Orthodox fiction”  – perhaps not fiction?

When it comes to evil prophecies (i.e. Obama elected president, AND today’s news that the spineless president of my Christian alma mater has indeed secured Barack the Butcher to speak at Our Lady’s university), no true prophet likes to be right. However, if even a fraction of my following June 11th, 2008, counter attack comes to pass, I know the Gipper (not to mention Ronald Reagan!) will be happy … and my prayers will have been answered

“By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong …”
-from the song “Woodstock” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Simply put, if the pro-life forces do not take a major stand when the modernist forces of Obama come to captivate (and capture) Notre Dame some one hundred plus days into his deadly presidency, the battle would be lost. As with Woodstock, a loyal force a “half a million strong” might be necessary, but unlike that counter-culture event, this battle would be better planned. Although the remaining true-to-the-faith students and priests could lay the groundwork, including proclaiming their petition (openly, since Jenkins rarely attends) at the 6:45 p.m. daily grotto rosary recitation, the first group of outside forces would arrive approximately a month before the graduation, under the guise of fans attending the annual Notre Dame spring football game. Known only by their Suffering Irish t-shirts, these several thousand or so loyal Domers would remain at Notre Dame after the game, sheltered by sympathetic students, professors, and even grounds crew. This way, they could gain strategic spots in the stadium, Church and even the Administration Building, including one of the little rooms right beneath the Dome.

And so it would go, with groups of ND loyalists arriving undetected with every subsequent baseball game, lacrosse or tennis match, until the main mass of Mary’s men were in place. Included in this next group would be the special forces of Our Lady’s Army, led by their new commander and recent Catholic convert, General Mike Huckabee. Meanwhile, when D-Day arrived, and thousands more bussed, biked, walked or parachuted their way onto the startled campus, several hundreds of Blessed Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity sisters get into line behind the marching graduates, and Bishop D’Arcy, monstrance in hand, appears out of nowhere to lead them. And, because it is still a Catholic school, no one seems to question either occurrence.

As President Obama finally approaches the podium, Bishop D’Arcy rises, and raises the monstrance with the Eucharistic Christ right into Obama’s sight, temporarily befuddling, if not frightening, the puzzled speaker. This allows the sisters to descend upon the stage, and they begin removing something hidden beneath their habits. No, the nuns have not been smuggling guns, but the aborted fetuses of late term abortions—and murdered live births—that Barack’s regime has endorsed, and will soon enforce. As Obama attempts to speak, a voice as if from heaven (but actually Huckabee’s), explains what the sisters are doing, telling the stunned crowd to look inside their programs, where the pro-life forces have inserted a page of all of Obama’s dubious abortion accomplishments. Finally, as Huck’s men silently subdue the Secret Service and the JumboTron focuses on the aborted fetuses, the last nun lays the last broken babe at Obama’s feet and then begins to speak. While the crowd now anticipates an alternative commencement speech, the humble sister instead utters but one simple sentence. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me,” she says to the president, and then leaves the stage for good.

At this point, Barack is free to speak, but with the Eucharistic Lord in front of him, the butchered fruit of his labor at his side, and the thousands of protesters now ready to storm the doors, something tells me he cuts his losses and leaves the campus speechless. The evil president flees Notre Dame in shame, while the triumphant forces place a giant wreath of flowers atop Our Lady on the Dome, as thousands cheer the most memorable May crowning ever.

Again, I hope Mr. Obama does not reach the White House, and this all turns out to be entertaining orthodox fiction. But if this vision is neglected and Barack is elected, we must pray to the Son beginning on day one that His Mother’s Notre Dame dream comes true.

Obama to Speak at ND Commencement! Time for “Evangelical Pruning?”

The Observer newspaper at the University of Notre Dame just announced that the most pro-death president in our nation’s history will be speaking at the university’s commencement this year!

Speaking as one who has received multiple degrees from ND – I wonder what has happened?  This is a place with a statue of ND grad Tom Dooley near the Grotto… a place that has a statue of Christ – arms upraised – in the shadow of the Golden Dome – with the words “Venite ad me omnes”… Come to me all you little ones… The university once led by Fr. Ted – who stood shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Martin Luther King… Dr. King’s niece now speaks around the country for Priests for Life – spreading the message that the prolife movement of today is the civil rights movement of our time…

Not long after Benedict XVI became Pope – a Vatican representative took the occasion of a visit to ND to announce that the Holy See would undertake a path of “Evangelical Pruning” of “Catholic” colleges. Perhaps now is the time.

This action to invite Obama by ND disappoints me not just for the shame (“public scandal”) brought to Our Lady’s University – but also for the disrespect it brings to the sacrifices made by my parents sending myself and my brother and sister to South Bend… Time perhaps for others to take over from those members of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.”

Drew on Relevant Radio wondered recently if it now is “game time” for pro-lifers… The Church after all was built on the blood of martyrs… This is the President whose “FOCA” legislation threatens to force Bishops to close and shutter all Catholic hospitals in the US. 

Perhaps  stripping ND of its “Catholic” status is another step in this battle?