RC Bishops against Obama

President Barack Obama on May 17 will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Notre Dame and give the commencement address but it will not be without ire. There are 265 bishops in the US and over 20%, 55 that have publicly denounced or questioned Notre Dame choice in recent weeks. This is the US major flagship Catholic university and for them to honor a politician whose abortion rights record and pro embryonic stem cell research clashes with a fundamental church teaching has triggered a reaction more than expected criticism. Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando will celebrate a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God. Wenski, who is not considered a confrontational bishop. Instantaneously after Notre Dame invited President Barack Obama and he accepted, anti-abortion and conservative Catholic groups launched protests, and bishops began either making statements or releasing letters written to the university president, the Rev. John Jenkins. Former US ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon turned down a prestigious Notre Dame medal last week because she was to have shared the stage with Obama. Having the President give a commencement address might be prestigious for a University but when it is Notre Dame a catholic university it might not be as impressive unless it was John F. Kennedy.

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