My daughter is a senior at Notre Dame University, and I am embarrassed by the opposition to President Obama's speech and honorary degree ["Notre Dame Critics Tally $8.2 Million in Denied University Donations Over Obama," usnews.com]. I consider him the most "pro-life" president of my lifetime. His domestic and foreign policy agenda and his outreach to all reasonable people in the world are more than inspiring. I suggest that my fellow Catholics remember that fewer abortions were performed during the Clinton years than during the Bush years. Also, please remember that President Obama is not pro-abortion. He is against the government telling a woman what she must do with her own body and future. I would think my anti-government friends would be against this as well. And why is it that Republicans would be the first to scream if their taxes were raised to support unwanted babies? Catholics are supposed to respect life. Show some respect for your president, who is currently trying to save the world from disaster in so many areas.
Comment by Joan Bradley of PA
Hurrah for the alumni and all of those grounded by their principles, and faith, to voice their opposition to this debacle. We can only hope enough "noise" is created to insure the values that have made ND a great Catholic institution continue.
Comment by Jim of OH
I am always saddened when Catholics who disagree with a policy of their Catholic diocese, parish, school, etc., withhold their financial support in order to "punish." The ones "punished" by this are their fellow Catholics who rely on these institutions. The Catholic Church is both divine and human. Part of our faith is the acceptance of that fact. The seal of Notre Dame with the words "Spes Nostra" shows that we view all things with faith in God and his Holy Mother. Finally, it is absurd to think that, by carrying over the tradition of having a newly-elected president speak at the Notre Dame commencement, that Notre Dame thereby has endorsed all the policies of the president. As long as the flag of our country flies over the University of Notre Dame, "Our Lady's University" will honor the presidency. I trust that no president of Notre Dame will succumb to the threat of being denied money.
Comment by Jeremiah Flanigan of CA
What's done is done. Whether or not the invitation was a prudent one for a Catholic university doesn't really matter any longer. A university is an institution whereby students can learn to question, inquire, and in many cases reaffirm their own religious, political foundations. An invitation to the president of the United States and an acceptance of the invitation is a compliment to the school and its students. It should be a platform to initiate further discussion and debate. I would hate to think that Notre Dame thinks its students so fragile in their religious beliefs and that of the church that the president's speech might have a negative effect. Let him speak, encourage him to speak, and then allow for the debate. Pro-choice is not really pro-abortion. The difference is important.
Comment by Carol Gold of NY
Did the alumni behind this ridiculous campaign forget that a university is a place to explore and exchange ideas? Did they stop to think about the impact of their campaign on ND students? Or, do they want ND to be like Bob Jones University, Oral Roberts University, and other institutions where there is no debate?
Comment by Dan Rosenfield of LA