Wednesday, April 01, 2009

More priests on Notre Dame controversy

"Two very different letters; a lengthy unclear one from Fr. Hugh W. Cleary, C.S.C. and a courageous missive, short and to the point, from the Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt. It is the one from Archbishop Nienstedt which will go down in history when the story of the recovery of Notre Dame is recounted for our children."
Deacon Fournier Catholic Online

Fr Cleary is the superior of Fr Jenkins, ND President has been inundated with angry emails(nice work), so he wrote a rambling 13 page missive to the president. No, it doesn't ask him not to come to Notre Dame, in fact it's very hard to discern what it does say, other than that he is in hot water.
In contrast Bishop Nienstadt has written a concise letter, Cardinal George has called it "an embarrassment for Catholics". and today on EWTN Fr Mitch Pacwa said that it was incongruous for a man with Obama's pro-death record to accept an award from an institution which represents the position on abortion he rejects. "I would have to reject an award from Planned Parenthood, since I am against all they stand for" said Fr Mitch today on his show, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope".
Read Deacon Fournier's commentary on Catholic Online.
In September of 2007 I remember asking the director of student activities at Catholic University if he would like to comment on John Kerry's proposed visit to CU for my blog. He backed away like he had seen a rattlesnake! The next day the speech was cancelled. I like to think my visit was the straw which broke the camel's back. Still waiting for this to happen with Notre Dame. Keep the pressure on!
Call me an optimist, but I think that the anti-Catholic agitation of the Obama administration just might be waking up the sleeping giant of the Catholic Church.

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