Posted by: matt25 | March 24, 2009

Bishop D’Arcy’s statement on Notre Dame / Obama

In case you are unaware of it, President Obama will be speaking at the Commencement ceremony for Notre Dame this year.  This is of course highly controversial for a Catholic University because of the Church’s defense of human life from conception to natural death and Mr Obama’s long standing support for abortion.  Let’s see what the bishop of that diocese has to say on the topic….

This will be the 25th Notre Dame graduation during my time as bishop. After much prayer, I have decided not to attend the graduation. I wish no disrespect to our president, I pray for him and wish him well. I have always revered the Office of the Presidency. But a bishop must teach the Catholic faith “in season and out of season,” and he teaches not only by his words — but by his actions.

My decision is not an attack on anyone, but is in defense of the truth about human life.

I have in mind also the statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2004. “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 actions.” Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.

I have spoken with Professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is to receive the Laetare Medal. I have known her for many years and hold her in high esteem. We are both teachers, but in different ways. I have encouraged her to accept this award and take the opportunity such an award gives her to teach.

Even as I continue to ponder in prayer these events, which many have found shocking, so must Notre Dame. Indeed, as a Catholic University, Notre Dame must ask itself, if by this decision it has chosen prestige over truth.

via OSV Daily Take: Bishop D’Arcy’s statement on ND/Obama.

Bishop D’Arcy also said recently in response to a different presentation at Notre Dame:

“In Ex Corde Ecclesiae, John Paul II makes clear the place of academic freedom when he says that it must always be linked to certain values central to a Catholic university.

A Catholic university possesses the autonomy necessary to develop its distinctive identity and pursue its proper mission. Freedom in research and teaching is recognized and respected according to the principles and methods of each individual discipline, so long as the rights of the individual and of the community are preserved within the confines of the truth and the common good.

Here, the Holy Father, a long-time professor in a Catholic university, indicates certain parameters relative to freedom, namely, truth and the common good.”



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