View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

More Bishops on the Obama/Notre Dame Fiasco

They keep coming.

More bishops are speaking out against the University of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak at this year's commencement and receive an honorary doctorate despite his staunch pro-abortion record.

Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa and Bishop Eusebius Beltran of Oklahoma City have joined their ranks.

Bishop Slattery wrote to Notre Dame's president, Father John Jenkins, urging him to drop plans to invite Obama.

"For President Obama to be honored by Notre Dame is more than a disappointment, it is a scandal,” Slattery said in his letter dated Tuesday.

"His being honored by Notre Dame will make it easier for a woman who contemplates abortion to submit herself to this cruel and deadly procedure. At the same time, the University of Notre Dame will have distanced itself from the bishops of the country who unanimously have asked that no politician promoting abortion be honored by any of our institutions.”

Bishop Beltran said he also sent a letter.

"President Obama, by word and action, has approved of abortion and other atrocities against human life. Therefore he deserves no recognition at a Catholic institution,” Bishop Beltran said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the petition is up over 227,000.

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