Notre Dame’s token pro-lifer drops out of commencement program

posted at 12:55 pm on April 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Notre Dame’s attempt to defuse the controversy over their invitation to Barack Obama for their law-school commencement just blew up in their faces.  Mary Ann Glendon, who was to receive a prestigious award at the same commencement, has objected to being used by the university as a token Catholic at a Catholic university.  In an open letter, the former ambassador to the Vatican politely tells Notre Dame to stuff their invitation to speak, and the Laetare Award as well:

April 27, 2009
The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President
University of Notre Dame

Dear Father Jenkins,

When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.

Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.

First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.

Then I learned that “talking points” issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:

  • “President Obama won’t be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal.”
  • “We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about.”

A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.

Yours Very Truly,

Mary Ann Glendon

In other words, Glendon somehow objects to getting exploited by Notre Dame as a token to cover for their honoring a relentlessly pro-abortion politician with an honorary degree.  Glendon makes clear that her objection doesn’t spring from the invitation for him to speak, but from honoring Obama with a degree from a Catholic university while remaining in opposition to the central Catholic value of the sanctity of life.  And she’s right to reject that exploitation, as Notre Dame used Glendon in a way that all but said, “Why, some of our best friends are Catholic!”

The public scolding and rejection leaves Notre Dame twisting in the wind.  The Laetare Medal is quite prestigious in the Catholic community, and Glendon’s rejection of it will make Rev. Jenkins look even more foolish.  Glendon refuses to allow the award to be demeaned into a tool for political purposes, which demonstrates more integrity than Fr. Jenkins has shown in this sorry episode.

Update: Could Notre Dame be more clueless?  According to The Corner, their response says — yes!

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.”

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient?  The prestige of the Laetare Award keeps falling, and falling ….


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Ayatollah Khameini should replace Mme Glendon. That way their law school can be among the pioneers in the implementation and understanding of Shari’a law in the U.S. and President Obama can uses the occasion jump over AhmadInJihad’s head for a direct apology to the real power in Iran

If the Catholic hierarchy were to be consistent with church doctrine they would close the place down until it could be either put under direct control of the council of bishops or sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Annar on April 27, 2009 at 2:32 PM

They should give it to the young woman who survived an abortion and made the ad against Obama during the campaign last fall, Gianna Jesson.

Obama’s commercial predictably takes shots at the GOP campaign. But when the screen shows clips of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and the ad she made asking Obama to reverse his stance on born alive infant protection legislation, the Obama ad calls Jessen’s appeal “a despicable lie.”

(WorldNet Daily)

Wethal on April 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Whoever they get to show up and take their worthless medal should do so with a coat hanger wrapped in bloody rags in their free hand.

Spiritk9 on April 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM

You are despicable and should be banned from this site

Willie on April 27, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Don’t be so hard on poor SpiritK9.

What are 40 million plus actual dead babies in comparison to the hard to substantiate and impossible to enumerate specter of back alley abortions?

/sarc

VelvetElvis on April 27, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Good for her. As a protestant I have much disagreement with Catholic theology but I applaud Mary Ann Glendon’s actions.

Abortion is terrible. Obama who supports even the worst cases of it shouldn’t be given legitimacy.

It’s terribly sad that Notre Dame’s academia doesn’t see the evil in what they are doing.

shick on April 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Not really surprised that the great whore is embracing abortion.

Jerricho68 on April 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Better reading comprehension skills would have helped you understand that her objection was not to Obama speaking at the commencement. Her issue was that Obama was being honored with a degree and that ND was trying to use her appearance/acceptance speech as cover to minimize the backlash they have received.

katiejane on April 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10.

Wethal on April 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Right_of_Attila on April 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Not one black eye, but two.

Public relations disaster. But I love it. The one speaker deserving of recognition simply cannot accept the circumstances.

Hey, Obama. Try living down being trumped by someone standing on principle. It’s much different from, say, your sitting on your hands all those years in Wright’s church while he took off on his periodic rants. This woman has the backbone that you’ll never have.

How do you explain to your kids that a woman declined a prestigious award because their daddy is a POS?

BuckeyeSam on April 27, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Obama agrees with every word Wright spewed. Look into what Wright preaches. Crazy stuff completely embraced by the radical Obamas.

marklmail on April 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Doug Kmiec, your table is ready.

I think it is scancalous, in the true sense of that word, which is leading others into sin. Obama wants nothing more that to collude with the psuedo-Catholics and dilute the message of true Catholics.

Not to worry. Christ said his church would last forever. It will.

xrayiiis on April 27, 2009 at 3:02 PM

How do you explain to your kids that a woman declined a prestigious award because their daddy is a POS?

Uhm, let’s see…

- This school decided to honor the current President of the USA, and some Republican went nuts.
- Oh, ok.

radiofreevillage on April 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM

If not that, then every one opposed to his BS should show up with bright white ear muffs, AND turn their backs to him.

brewser on April 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Bright RED, WHITE & BLUE earmuffs. This protest could and should be done. Are the Notre Dame catholic students (what’s left of them) up for it?

tigerlily on April 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen . I call upon you all to place pressure on the successor candidate so that he may refuse the award.

Let us tighten the grips on the ND to cave in-
happy trails

hawkman on April 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM

radiofreevillage on April 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Your analysis is perfect for you…that is exactly the depth of your thinking, summed up in your post.
Here is what you think, from your post, just one sentence and it proves how shallow you are.
That it is Republicans that are the only ones protesting.
That only pro-life are Republicans.
That people went nuts just because someone is honoring Obama, no other reason, just to honor him.

If you were honest this is what the answer is (but then you are either dishonest, or stupid).

The president is an ardent abortion supporter, and an ardent partial birth abortion supporter…Glendon is an avid pro-life supporter, her views and the views of the Catholic Church (which Notre Dame is part of), are diametrically opposed to what Obama stands for and fully supports, and is an advocate for.
When you are being awarded for such a prestigious sacred honor, there is no honor in sharing the podium with someone who wants to destroy your views.
Either Glendon or Obama needed to show honor…Glendon is the one who decided her cause was more worthy, then a medal. She did the honorable thing, she declined to have the medal tarnished.
Obama feels the prestige is more important then honor…they are two different people, with two different outlooks, and two different agendas.

right2bright on April 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Ms. Glendon has done the right thing. She should be commended for her integrity.

AZCoyote on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Hmmmm yet those same people didn’t seem to mind Bush coming to speak. Nice to know Catholics can still pick and choose which aspects of the faith to adhere to and which ones to ignore.

And which tenet of the Catholic faith did Bush violate that would have caused pause for Catholics?

I suppose you’ll say the he went to war with Iraq, but the Catholic Church is not opposed to war when used to defend one’s country. Some may disagree about whether or not the Iraq War was justified, but for many Catholics in this country after 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were a means to defend this country.

The Catholic Church believes that there are acts that are instrinsically evil: abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. They are gravely wrong and are considered instrinsically evil because they intentionally attack the innocent. Obama’s support for abortion and stem cell research attack Catholics’ belief head on and no other action or issue is on par with those three acts. Not war, not the death penalty, not even social justice issues. That’s why Catholics are appalled.

If you understood the basics of the faith you would not have asked that question. There is no comparison between Bush talking at Notre Dame’s commencement to Obama being awarded an honorary degree when he actively participates in those evil acts as a lawmaker and leader of this country.

Sensible Mom on April 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient?

Might I suggest Dr. Kevorkian or the old clansman Senator
Byrd?

Or Kathleen Sebelius? Health and Human Services nominee and abortion queen.

I have never understood Catholics voting dem and they do a poor job of explaining it if asked.

dhunter on April 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I have never understood Catholics voting dem and they do a poor job of explaining it if asked.

dhunter on April 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

There are Catholics and then there are ‘cafeteria catholics’ or CINO’s. Those who do not believe in the tenets set forth so well above by Sensible Mom merely profess to be Catholic because it makes them ‘feel’ good about themselves, or because it’s politically expedient. Do not be misled by them. Pelosi, Biden, Sibelius are NOT Catholics just because they say they are. Bottom line: You CANNOT be both pro-choice and a Catholic, you have excommunicated yourself from the church by your beliefs.

Trafalgar on April 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I think there’s a difference between being courageous and having your eyes opened. Glendon was honored to be offered a prestigeous award until she realized that Jenkins was using her to try to diffuse criticism.

Rather than being honored for her life’s work, she realized that she was chosen only as a balancing point for the criticism Jenkin’s expected he’d receive.

Not only is Jenkins improperly awarding Obama an honorary degree, not only did he choose not to look to the advice of his Bishop, D’Arcy, and misrepresented in public the USCCB’s documents but he turned to other liberal Bishops for cover and then used another honor, the Laetare Medal, improperly as a shield against any criticism.

Jenkins lacks the integrity required to lead the young men and women at ND. I wonder if he’ll allow the morning after pill to be dispensed at the school using the same type of argument that it will “foster discussion,” expose them to “differing views” and help the students by giving them real world “experience.” Even better, maybe he can encourage the nuns at St. Mary’s to participate in ND’s V-Monologues to give it an authentic Catholic feel.

The man should be removed from his post since he cares more about the opinion of the NYT editors than he does about his own faith.

Sensible Mom on April 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM

There is only one choice … a choice that I would actually love to see Obama on the stage with … Sarah Palin.

Can you imagine the marxist infanticider freak on the stage with her?

Oh yeah, c’mon Father Jenkins you miserable, unprincipled nutbag. Give us Sarah.

ex-Democrat on April 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient?

Big Al has an opening that day…….

BobMbx on April 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I wonder if he’ll allow the morning after pill to be dispensed at the school using the same type of argument that it will “foster discussion,”

Sensible Mom on April 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM

How unfortunate it is that there are supposed leaders in the Church who don’t realize that on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research, there is absolutely no room for discussion within the Catholic faith.

And doesn’t the term ‘liberal bishop’ just make you cringe?

Trafalgar on April 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I think she should have spoken anyway and used the opportunity to skewer ND and Obonzo.

Labamigo on April 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient? The prestige of the Laetare Award keeps falling, and falling ….

I nominate TOTUS, since it will already be there with the POTUS. Saves travel costs.

I think the TOTUS could also carry off the acceptance speech: “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”.

Yoop on April 27, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Here is what you think, from your post, just one sentence and it proves how shallow you are.
That it is Republicans that are the only ones protesting.
That only pro-life are Republicans.
That people went nuts just because someone is honoring Obama, no other reason, just to honor him.

Uhm, no. I said, this is how you explain it to a kid. A longer explanation (in my case) would involve talking about how religion is stupid, and how it makes people think that lumps of cells are on equal moral terms with paralyzed people, how it totally warps morality etc.

radiofreevillage on April 27, 2009 at 4:44 PM

And doesn’t the term ‘liberal bishop’ just make you cringe?

Yes. I know that as Catholics were are called to serve the poor and powerless, and that’s why we donate and volunteer, but I find it galling that some priests are cafeteria Caltholics choosing to put social justice for some (not the unborn or disabled) above life issues. Many of those priests are, like my uncle, Marxists first and Catholic priests second.

Sensible Mom on April 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I think she should have spoken anyway and used the opportunity to skewer ND and Obonzo.
Labamigo on April 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

I think she’s sincerely trying to avoid detracting from the students’ graduation ceremony.

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Trafalgar on April 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM

There isn’t any wiggle room on capital punishment either according to Catholic doctrine yet many of the same people getting vexed over Obama being invited weren’t upset over people who support or sign off on executions making speeches or receiving degrees at ND.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 4:57 PM

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient? The prestige of the Laetare Award keeps falling, and falling ….

Jimmy Carter

- The Cat

MirCat on April 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 4:57 PM

You’re mistaken.

“Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Bravo Madame Glendon!

americanfrenchie on April 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

No I’m not mistaken. You quoted selectively. Keep going further down and you will find your error.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Thank you, Dr. Glendon, for your principled stand. The reality, though, is that until big donors start pulling their money out of Notre Dame (and Georgetown) these formerly Catholic, now secular, universities will continue supporting whatever is popular.

MochaLite on April 27, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

No I’m not mistaken. You quoted selectively. Keep going further down and you will find your error.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Your post said there was no wiggle room in the Church’s position on the death penalty.

In fact, the Catechism allows for the death penalty if it is needed to protect lives. That’s wiggle room.

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Fine.. here is the key quote on the death penalty:

“Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.”

So you look for a recent death penalty case which does not violate this.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Fine.. here is the key quote on the death penalty:

“Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.”

So you look for a recent death penalty case which does not violate this.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 5:57 PM

No, the key quote in refuting your assertion that the Church has instructed its followers to oppose the death penalty is the word “if.”

My question to you is, how is Church teaching on the death penalty relevant to the topic at hand?

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Wow, I just caught up to this. Good for Dr. Glendon! I have not had time to read all the comments, but assume I will not be the first to express my appreciation and admiration for her decision to do the right thing in this situation.

califcon on April 27, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Kathleen Sebelius and her buddy Tiller the Killer are clearing their calendars for May 17.

maryo on April 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM

This letter appears on the main page at FirstThings.com . They deserve more attention from conservative readers. The January 2003 essay Moral Clarity in a Time of War ought to be read by everyone who needs ammunition to fire back at the “war is always wrong” crowd–and at the “war is necessary but never moral” minority as well.

njcommuter on April 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM

God Bless You, Mary Ann.

jay12 on April 27, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Y-not on April 27, 2009 at 6:01 PM

…and you will not a find a death penalty case in the US where that conditional ‘if’ functions as allowing for the deliberate taking of life.

The reason why this is relevant to Obama’s speaking at Notre Dame and receiving a degree is obvious. If you are upset about Obama speaking and receiving a degree because he does not think abortion should be illegal and that is at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church that is fine. My point is that there was no outcry over other Presidents who are similarly at odds with Catholic teaching who have had an opportunity to follow Catholic ‘law’ but instead specifically violated it when they signed off on executions.

In other words, it seems to me that a fair majority of Catholics who are kicking up a fuss over this are the same ones who would paper over violations of Catholic teaching (exactly as you did earlier) and would not have a problem with Reagan or Bush receiving those honors despite the fact that their performance in office involved violating Catholic teachings on the sanctity of life. That is why it is relevant to this topic and discussion. I know there are many Catholics who take execution and abortion seriously, and I suspect Ed is one of those himself, but to take one facet seriously and not the other suggests that they are merely invoking Catholic teaching when it suits their own opinions.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

There is only one choice … a choice that I would actually love to see Obama on the stage with … Sarah Palin.

Can you imagine the marxist infanticider freak on the stage with her?

Oh yeah, c’mon Father Jenkins you miserable, unprincipled nutbag. Give us Sarah.

ex-Democrat

Your suggestion makes me smile but…
I’m sorry if this has already been pointed out, but the Laetare Medal is awarded to a Catholic layperson. I love Sarah but she’s not Catholic.

SKYFOX on April 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Well, they wouldn’t have to give Gov. Palin the Laetare, would they? Couldn’t they just ask her to speak and award her the same honorary degree they are giving to the fraudulent one?

I think it’s a terrific idea!

califcon on April 27, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Next we will hear that George Soros has made a substantial contribution to Notre Dame in honor of Obama and abortions for all. Father Jenkins will then name a building after its Hungarian benefactor.

eaglesdontflock on April 27, 2009 at 7:45 PM

- This school decided to honor the current President of the USA, and some Republican went nuts.
- Oh, ok.

radiofreevillage on April 27, 2009 at 3:07 PM

You are the classic useful idiot

Jamson64 on April 27, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I’m not Catholic, but I firmly stand behind this brave woman.

Good on ya!

Shame on Notre Dame.

tickleddragon on April 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I am Catholic, and this message has my Imprimitur.

unclesmrgol on April 27, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Notre Dame’s token pro-lifer drops out of commencement program

Father Jenkin’s could probably complete the venue by getting the G_d Damn Rev. Wright to speak along with the Messiah! /Sarcasm

byteshredder on April 27, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Don’t they announce the recipient on Laetare Sunday, hence the name of the award? So personally, I’d say that rules out any other recipient. Whoever they get is a false recipient on a technicality. Who would want to be that?

Besides, no one with an ounce of self-respect or integrity would take it now, with so many reasons against it. Doug Kmiec will probably be Jenkin’s go to guy.

pannw on April 27, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Radiofreevillage, how you going to explain your pro abortion stand to the Lord on Judgement Day? You will say that I don’t believe that way but unfortunately the odds are that you are wrong and you are like a bull going through a china closet when you concern yourself about eternity.

garydt on April 27, 2009 at 10:42 PM

All those words to say politely:

F**k you!

God bless her.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM

There is only one choice … a choice that I would actually love to see Obama on the stage with … Sarah Palin.

Can you imagine the marxist infanticider freak on the stage with her?

Oh yeah, c’mon Father Jenkins you miserable, unprincipled nutbag. Give us Sarah.

ex-Democrat

Your suggestion makes me smile but…
I’m sorry if this has already been pointed out, but the Laetare Medal is awarded to a Catholic layperson. I love Sarah but she’s not Catholic.

SKYFOX on April 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

She’s baptized Catholic. I’ll take her over any phony-Catholic maggot who goes through the motions but don’t take it to heart.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Well, they wouldn’t have to give Gov. Palin the Laetare, would they? Couldn’t they just ask her to speak and award her the same honorary degree they are giving to the fraudulent one?

I think it’s a terrific idea!

califcon on April 27, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Me too.

Sarah is more Catholicky than most of the adults at my parish.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 11:03 PM

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Dude, did Bush get an honorary degree from Notre Dame? I’m not aware of it.

And don’t even begin to compare the dead in war vs. killing 50 million babies, that’s INNOCENT BABIES.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 11:07 PM

There isn’t any wiggle room on capital punishment either according to Catholic doctrine yet many of the same people getting vexed over Obama being invited weren’t upset over people who support or sign off on executions making speeches or receiving degrees at ND.

lexhamfox on April 27, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Hey, you gonna travel to Normandy and pull up all those crosses from the graves of the American soldiers buried there because they killed a german soldier?

Are you?

Get real, and have a little humanity there tiger.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Jenkins lacks the integrity required to lead the young men and women at ND. I wonder if he’ll allow the morning after pill to be dispensed at the school using the same type of argument that it will “foster discussion,” expose them to “differing views” and help the students by giving them real world “experience.” Even better, maybe he can encourage the nuns at St. Mary’s to participate in ND’s V-Monologues to give it an authentic Catholic feel.

The man should be removed from his post since he cares more about the opinion of the NYT editors than he does about his own faith.

Sensible Mom on April 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Yep. The Cardinal Mahoney of the East.

To the shed!

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 11:14 PM

If the Catholic hierarchy were to be consistent with church doctrine they would close the place down until it could be either put under direct control of the council of bishops or sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Annar on April 27, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Yes, and flush it out with a million gallons of holy water.

I’ll bet they have freekin condom dispensers in the bathrooms these days.

Sapwolf on April 27, 2009 at 11:18 PM

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.”

A substitute award recipient?

Joe Blow was to receive an award for his special service to his important something or other but due to his withdrawal we are working to figure out who to reward, and for what

Prestige begone

I admire the stand of Mary Ann Glendon. This has been a pretty good month for both courage and cowardice

entagor on April 27, 2009 at 11:46 PM

I really feel sorry for any student graduating from Notre Dame this year. Well, this year in particular. What a circus this has all become, and so needlessly.

Rosmerta on April 27, 2009 at 11:50 PM

I heart Dr. Glendon. Two beautiful ladies in one week holding steadfast in faith. The good Lord keeps showing us that HE is with us! Raised Catholic, taught by nuns has given me a priceless gift.

Coastal Paradise on April 28, 2009 at 12:00 AM

This is what you get for letting women in at Notre Dame. /sarc

Honestly, the Church really frelled up when it decided to allow known homosexuals to become priests. I mean, what did they think would happen?!?! Charity and turning the other cheek is all fine and well, but [not so] common sense should show that putting a match by open gasoline will create a fire.

So now, using the same reasoning, N.D. is giving the Worlds Live Birth Abortionist, B.O., an honorary degree. WTF!!! Stupidity at that level should be actionable.

I am proud of the decision which Mary Ann Glendon has made. I look forward to being at the protests around N.D. when the Obamination shows up. If he shows up.

DannoJyd on April 28, 2009 at 12:34 AM

So who wants to be the last-minute, second-thought, politically-expedient replacement recipient? The prestige of the Laetare Award keeps falling, and falling ….

Sounds like a job for “Captain Second Thought Replacement” …

Roland Burris.

He needs a miracle.

HondaV65 on April 28, 2009 at 6:13 AM

Sarah is more Catholicky than most of the adults at my parish.

Sapwolf

I’m not saying she shouldn’t get the award. I’m just saying I don’t think she can. I would be delighted to be proven wrong.

SKYFOX on April 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

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