Friday, March 20, 2009

University of Notre Dame: In Need of a Name Change?

How does 'Our Obama' sound? 'Our Lady' is truly a blasphemous attack upon the Blessed Virgin Mary and all that she means to us (considering Obama's push for the FOCA, refusal to sign the Born Alive Act, federal funding for embryonic stemcell research, Conscience Law revision considerations, etc.). Notre Dame has hit a double with Mr. Obama - he will soon receive an honorary doctor of law degree and give the principle commencement address on May 17th.

I've taken liberty with the Notre Dame 'Fight Song' - see what you think...

Rally sons of Notre Obama,
Sing his glory, and sound his fame
Raise his Gold and Blue,
And cheer with voices true,
Rah! Rah! For Notre Obama.

We will fight in every game
Strong of heart and true to his name.
We will ne'er forget him
And we'll cheer him ever,
Loyal to Notre Obama.

Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Obama
Wake up the echoes cheering his name,
Send the volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Obama will win over all,
While his loyal sons are marching
Onward to Victory


Please check out the archived +Ponderings+ post from last May HERE about choosing a CATHOLIC Catholic College. There are still some.

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EDITED TO ADD: There are now Facebook groups speaking out for and against this subject matter.

Tell Notre Dame to Un-Invite President Obama
Protest Obama as 2009 Commencement Speaker
We Will be Honored to Have President Obama at Notre Dame

Also of interest:

Notre Dame's Newspaper: The Observer Online, "Obama selection a betrayal..."
Is Obama Worth a Mass by Ralph McInerny (professor at ND since 1955
Condi Rice Commencement Address at Boston University Received Fierce Protest
Latest from CNS News
Latest from Catholic News Agency
The Destruction of Notre Dame
ND Professors React to Stem Cell Decision


Anonymous said...

Dear Blogger,

It is a travesty that you feel compelled to turn a cherished celebration of accomplishment at the University of Notre Dame into a venue for polemics.

One might disagree, as it is their prerogative, with the policies or, as it is, with the man on a personal level.

Nevertheless, it is not as if he leaves behind his office when he arrives at the university and while it is perfectly respectable to oppose him on his policies, it shows great ignorance - that is, in confusing and equating man with office and office with man - to be so confounded that the University of Notre Dame, one of the nations top universities, has invited the Office of the President of the United States, as they have with six Presidents in their first year of office, to speak at commencement.

This is a matter of respect, not of politics. Those that make it a matter of the latter do so at the expense of the former since the President does not come to speak about his politics, with which many on the campus of the university disagree, but rather about education and achievement, a topic which is at the core of such a ceremony.

To turn the ceremony into a venue for polemics is to be so blinded by the man, that one is ignorant wholly of the office, the context, and the occasion, at which point, one's opinion becomes less of a discourse and more of a rant: neither constructive nor appropriate, and wholly insufferable.


Kelly said...

Dear (Dr.) Kennan,

It is not I who has 'turned a cherished celebration of accomplishment at the University of Notre Dame into a venue for polemics.'

He is not merely speaking at the commencement; he is to be awarded an honorary degree. If I am ignorant, then I am in great company and quite pleased with the doghouse I've been placed in. The invitation of the most pro-abortion politician to speak at a Catholic University spits in the face of Christ.


"One alumnus from the university has already expressed his displeasure in an open letter sent today to the president of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins.

William Newton, a D.C. area attorney, wrote, "As an alumnus of Notre Dame Law School, I am deeply offended that you would invite President Barack Obama to speak at Commencement this year."

Newton then lists the numerous pro-abortion decisions that Obama has made since assuming the office of the presidency. "This is the person that you feel is worthy to address the students and faculty of Notre Dame, in the shadow of Our Lady atop the Golden Dome, with the spires of the Basilica in the background?" writes Newton.

"Father Sorin must be wringing his hands in heaven, that his successor would approve this disgrace. Shame on Notre Dame for choosing to scandalize the faithful who continue to support the Catholic identity and mission of the University."

A matter of respect? It is Mr. Obama who needs to learn a bit about respect - respect for all human life.

It is a Catholic University.

Pandering to the most pro-abortion president the US has ever known is a disrespect to Christ and the most basic of Christian principles.

From Pope Benedict XVI, April 17, 2008:

In regard to faculty members at Catholic colleges universities, I wish to reaffirm the great value of academic freedom. In virtue of this freedom you are called to search for the truth wherever careful analysis of evidence leads you. Yet it is also the case that any appeal to the principle of academic freedom in order to justify positions that contradict the faith and the teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission; a mission at the heart of the Church’s munus docendi and not somehow autonomous or independent of it.

Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice. This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found in the Gospel and upheld by the Church's Magisterium, shapes all aspects of an institution’s life, both inside and outside the classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity and, far from advancing freedom, inevitably leads to confusion, whether moral, intellectual or spiritual.

Perhaps it is those who embrace Obama and his policies so closely as their own Messiah that need to be jolted awake just as Saul was two thousand years ago on the road to Emmaus.

Dominus vobiscum,