President Obama Invited to Give Commencement Address at Notre Dame; Catholics Respond to the Scandal [UPDATED]
Chris Blosser has more on the Catholic reaction to the goings on at Our Lady's University at Catholics in the Public Square.
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UPDATE #3 (24 March)
I admit to having my own political biases, but to the extent my Faith conflicts with my political beliefs, I honestly try my best to conform said political views to my Faith. Not vice-versa. So, I'll be DAMNED if I'm going to be lectured on "consistency" by this hypocrite.
I've spent the last 4 years on this blog criticizing BOTH Republicans and Democrats for where they fall short of Catholic teaching, including decrying conservatives and Republicans for war, torture, the death penalty, anti-immigrant sentiments, bad judicial nominations, not fighting for good judicial nominations, tepid support for the pro-life agenda, inconsistency in opposing ALL abortions, support for ESCR, etc., etc. And just last year, I gave kudos to Notre Dame for honoring Martin Sheen with its 2008 Laetare Medal; despite my political differences with Mr. Sheen, I had no problem describing him as a "pro-lifer" worthy of such an honor.
Meanwhile, Morning's Minion hasn't met a single pro-life conservative for whom he's willing to express even some grudging appreciation, or a Democrat anti-life measure that he's not willing to excuse or deflect attention away from by changing the subject to something on which he finds his political opponents even more repugnant (as if there is anything more repugnant than the pro-abortion dogma of the left).
So, Tony A, when it comes to "consistency", you might want to start looking at yourself, as well as begin paying attention to what others are actually doing and saying rather than what you want to believe or imagine they're doing and saying. And for once, you hypocrite, offer a strong, unequivocal denunciation of the anti-life policies of your political allies that isn't couched in the oh-so-unimaginitive tu quoque schoolyard nonsense of deflecting attention to the shortcomings of your adversaries.
UPDATE #4 (26 March)
Dale Price offers his "Brief thoughts on Notre Dame's commencement speaker":
... What in [Obama's] background gives you the impression that he gives the slightest shit what pro-lifers think? The man thought giving medical care to infants born during botched abortions was a threat to the Constitution, for the love of God.
Since he entered office, his idea of dialogue on life issues has boiled down to "I won." He gave the brushoff to pro-life members of his own party and made sure that only pro-aborts are being consulted on health policy issues. His speech authorizing destructive embryonic stem cell research was larded with contempt for those in opposition. Call me crazy, but I don't think giving him free publicity and the chance to do the grip 'n' grin with a bunch of star-struck Domers eager to look past his record is going to move the ball in our direction.
He's not interested in dialogue--he's interested in cultivating the appearance of being interested in dialogue. Which ND's commencement will do wonders for, and which he will exploit for all it's worth, politically.
So, the University "hopes" for the basis of an engagement with the President, eh? Well, I suppose a hooker can hope for a cuddle after giving a blow job, too, President Jenkins. If you really think this can be the start of something meaningful, you are going to suffer the same disappointment as the working girl once the transaction is over.