Notre Dame; Selling Out Jesus For The Messiah
Others have remarked on the gross inappropriateness of Obama giving the commencement speech at Notre Dame. Here we have the most prominent and, in the eye of the American public, the most recognized Catholic institution in America showcasing the most pro-abortion, anti-life politician that’s come down the pike. I would hazard that Norte Dame, as a Catholic institution, is more recognized as such than the Pope.
What ND President, The Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., a fully ordained priest of the Catholic Church, has given the most pro-abortion president ever a forum at the most premiere American Catholic institution. And, with this forum, ND will hand Obama a Catholic imprimatur to speak out on moral issues, including abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and birth control. As pointed out by on either the American Spectator or Hugh Hewitt’s web site (I can’t exactly remember where) Obama, will now, on such occasions, use the cudgel of the antecedent phrase, “as I said at my speech at Notre Dame.”
But, there’s a deeper undercurrent here. It’s been my impression that the American Catholic hierarchy has been in bed with the Democratic Party for a long time. There’s an affinity that is probably only rivaled by the MSM. And, what we’ve seen is a glossing over of the inconvenient subject of abortion; “social justice” in the form of high taxes and entitlement spending being a so much greater priority.
I remember the late Cardinal Bernardin’s “seamless garment” of life. This seamless garment turned out to be a litmus test consisting of a liberal wish list that included opposition to abortion. But, it also included the “social justice” song and dance, opposition to any reasonable defense policy, opposition to the death penalty, and so on. While on the face it did address a whole host of life and justice issues, it became, for a lot of liberal politicians a pass on abortion if you checked off on the rest of the agenda. All, with a knowing wink from a lot of Catholic prelates. And, that wasn’t to hard since this amounted to gutting defense policies and spending for uncontrolled entitlement spending. Opposition to the killing of unborn life wasn’t enough. To qualify for the Cardinal Bernardin club house, you had to buy the seamless garment; Democratic party style.
And, so, in the spirit (not Holy), of dialog, we have Notre Dame handing Obama a seamless garment to cover the ugliness of abortion on demand. An abortion stance so extreme, that it would outlaw conscience provisions and overturn restrictions on partial birth abortions. So now, Obama get his Catholic moral bona fides in the seamless garment club; publically bestowed by Notre Dame. It’s otherwise called an “honorary degree.”
The American Catholic leadership better start treading with care because it may one day find itself on the ash heap of religious history along with the other gutted mainstream Protestant denominations. As in the Episcopalian Catholic Church of America.