This is not the first Catholic university to go down on its knees before evil, but this might be the most conspicuous incidence to date:
While in the Illinois legislature he opposed legislation that would have required that medical assistance be provided to children who survive abortions. While in the U. S. Senate, he voiced his strong disapproval of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s upholding of the federal partial-birth abortion ban, a modest restriction on a particularly gruesome abortion procedure.
During his presidential campaign Senator Obama affirmed his support for the right to abortion by explaining that he did not want his daughters to be â€œpunished with a babyâ€ if they made a mistake.
So, this is the man on whom the University of Notre Dame wants to bestow an honorary doctorate of laws? But, as we have clearly seen, Obama, in spite of all his personal talents and accomplishments, explicitly and unapologetically rejects the intrinsic dignity of the human person, the proper subject of the natural and canonical laws on which the universityâ€™s jurisprudential patrimony rests. It is a jurisprudential patrimony that the university not only claims to believe, it claims both to believe that it is true and that it knows that it is true.
I’m not even willing to extend the sop about Obama’s “personal talents and accomplishments” because I don’t see any. In fact, I find the President a revolting individual, and his pro-death views are not the first thing to come to mind when I say that, although in any serious moral evaluation of him they are indeed the very first thing.
There is great worry among serious Catholics about what Nortre Dame is doing here. This is further evidence of the disintegration of the Catholic Church in the United States, and a horrifying statement about the hierarchy at Notre Dame. Serious Catholics, however, must also know that this was a predictable development, and that it’s not just about the Church.
This revolting fellow is the President of the United States now, and the Church should be at war with him and with all those Catholic politicians who are his sidekicks and enablers: Kennedy, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry. Who knows where that list ends?
And to all my libertarian friends, as well, warmed by the cloak of atheism or agnosticism against the extensive cold certainties of the Church: the natural moral calculus for dealing with the Out of Sight, Out of Mind Holocaust is not that difficult, ambiguous, or open to interpretation. It is straightforward and explicit, and This Thing before us, in our own country, we have seen it before, in its less subliminal forms but in every single way the same evil.