“It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernized societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal used to kill; education that can enlighten used to rationalize away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life used as the machinery of mass death — a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.”
In a prior post, I noted the defense of Jenkins, President of Notre Dame, that Notre Dame honoring our pro-abort President on May 17, 2009 wasn’t a problem because Obama wasn’t a Catholic and that the policy of the USCCB against Catholic institutions honoring pro-abort politicians only applied to Catholic pro-abort politicians. No, that wasn’t a joke by me. That was his actual defense. Bishop D’Arcy, the Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend which includes Notre Dame in its geographic area, had previously indicated that he did not approve of the invitation and that as a result he would not attend the commencement on May17.
The Bishop has now responded to the defense of Jenkins that the honoring of Obama was not in violation of the policy of the USCCB.
I normally take great pride in being an American, but there are passages in our history which all Americans should be ashamed of. During our Civil War in many prison camps, both North and South, POWs were treated wretchedly with inadequate shelter, clothing and food. The worst by far was Andersonville.
Worthless Political Hack Nancy Pelosi, in defiance of the teaching of the Catholic Church of which she is purportedly a member, said on Friday embryonic stem cell research is the answer to our prayers. She is quoted as saying , “We need science, science, science, science, science. ” I agree with the Worthless Political Hack. She might consider this little factoid: number of cures and treatments from adult stemcell research: 72; number of cures and treatments from embryonic stemcell research: 00.00. If the Worthless Political Hack ever wishes to read the actual science on the subject a good place to start is here.
Something for the weekend. I have been thinking a lot about the American Revolution this week. One of the most popular ballads during that war was Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier. Sad like most Irish tunes, it captures well the bitter partings that war always causes. Dedicated to Major Andrew McClary, New Hampshire militia, and all the patriots who went to be soldiers and who never came back from that war.
Catholic Democrats come to the defense of their leader in regard to Georgetown and Notre Dame and run into a buzzsaw named Father Z here.
Update: Good analysis of why Catholic Democrats and other Obama-philes are so concerned about the fallout from Notre Dame is given here by the always readable Damian Thompson across the pond at his blog Holy Smoke.
When Obama gave an economics speech at Georgetown, the monogram IHS in the background was covered over at the request of the White House. I approve! Whenever this President speaks at a Catholic college, anything related to Christ should be covered over! I will leave to others to debate whether Georgetown is a Catholic college!
Update I: Father Z unleashes one of his unforgettable fiskings on this story here.
The Cranky Conservative has two first rate posts on his site here on what he regards to be the ten worst US Supreme Court decisions of all time. Having read hundreds of Supreme Court decisions, I have to salute Cranky for narrowing them down to ten. So many appalling decisions to choose from!
One of the main defenses of Jenkins in regard to Obama Day on May 17, 2009 at Notre Dame is as follows: “However misguided some might consider our actions, it is in the spirit of providing a basis for dialogue that we invited President Obama.”
It is therefore richly ironic that Jenkins refuses to meet with pro-life Notre Dame students opposed to the Obama homage: