Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Diocese of Austin has reproached the decision rendered by the University of Notre Dame to allow President Obama to do the 2009 commencement address and receive an honorary law degree. In an E-Pistle issued earlier today, Bishop Aymond had this to say:
“I, along with many other Catholics, express great disappointment and sadness that a Catholic university would honor someone who is pro-choice and who holds many values contrary to our Catholic belief.”
“In the midst of such a sad situation, as Catholics we must continue to be pro-life and to proclaim with even greater strength the values of Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
“In my opinion, it is very clear that in this case the University of Notre Dame does not live up to its Catholic identity in giving this award and their leadership needs our prayerful support,”
The decision by Fr. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, to allow President Obama, a notorious pro-abortion president, to address the graduating seniors has raised a firestorm among students, alumni, and Catholics alike.
Bishop Aymond has become the third U.S. bishop to voice his disapproval of Notre Dame’s invitation, following Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s statement from the Diocese of Phoenix and Bishop John M. D’Arcy’s statement from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
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