Bishop Boycott's Notre Dame Over Scandal

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The University of Notre Dame's invitation of Barack Obama to speak at the Commencement has caused a scandal. Now The Cardinal Newman Society applauds Bishop's Boycott of Notre Dame Commencement. More than 80,000 people petition Notre Dame opposing the commencement.

"It is an outrage and a scandal that 'Our Lady’s University,' one of the premier Catholic universities in the United States, would bestow such an honor on President Obama given his clear support for policies and laws that directly contradict fundamental Catholic teachings on life and marriage," the petition states."

The Cardinal Newman Society has posted the following release about the Notre Dame Scandal.

The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) thanked and applauded His Excellency John M. D’Arcy, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, for his decision to boycott the University of Notre Dame’s May 17 commencement exercises, where pro-abortion U.S. President Barack Obama will be an honoree and speaker. The CNS petition ( opposing the Notre Dame commencement has surpassed 80,000 signers a short time after Bishop D’Arcy’s statement was released.

“Catholic families everywhere will be grateful for Bishop D’Arcy’s boycott and statement, which bring new hope that the honor will be canceled,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Bishop D’Arcy has called on Notre Dame to ‘recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige’ and reaffirms the U.S. bishops’ policy against honors to pro-abortion politicians. Now it is time for university president Father Jenkins to respect the judgment of his pastor.”

The news that President Obama would be Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement speaker spread like wildfire around the internet after the White House and Notre Dame released timed announcements on Friday afternoon. By the end of last weekend the CNS petition reached 30,000 signers. Tuesday afternoon it hit 80,000 supporters and was adding more than 2,000 per hour.

In his statement, Bishop D’Arcy said that President Obama has “brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life.”

The bishop quoted the 2004 USCCB statement “Catholics in Political Life,” which the CNS petition also appeals to in urging President Jenkins to rescind Notre Dame’s offer to Obama. The statement reads: “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 action.”

Bishop D’Arcy said, “After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation.”

He continued, “Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth… Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for the university named in her honor, that it may recommit itself to the primacy of truth over prestige.”

The Cardinal Newman Society continues to urge all concerned Catholics and other individuals to sign the petition at and call the University of Notre Dame in protest.

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