Notre Dame and Mary Ann Glendon

Once a Catholic president wrote a book about Profiles in Courage, Mary Ann Glendon has added another chapter to that book.

... From the great and brave Mary Ann Glendon, who has announced today she will not attend the commencement and to turn down the prestigious Laetare Medal.

Story here at the First Things blog.

She says:

"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."

I always ask my Confirmants this question when they are dealing with moral issues, "If you were accused of being a Catholic would there be enough evidence to convict you?" I hope the graduates of the Notre-Dame Class 2009 have this courage.

This woman's first allegance is to God. What Grace!

Sacré-Cœur de Jésus, prier pour nous.

Notre-Dame had hoped that the mere presence of Mdme Ambassadrix would be seen as an offset to Obama and would allow an open debate forum at the commencment. Note to Notre-Dame, a commencement is not the place for open debate, or starting a dialog, it is about the students. The Church's position is clear, (so clear everyone can figure it out, except maybe Fr Jenkins). Obama will not change his mind because he* thinks about the unborn (and newly born) as chattel, fit to live or die at the will of the owner.

...And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead... Luke 15:31

Sacré-Cœur de Jésus, prier pour nous.

* It is hard to be so humble when you are perfect in every way...

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