Is this what you would call the ecclesiastical pile-on?
Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde has become the 46th Catholic bishop in the U.S. to publicly castigate the University of Notre Dame for inviting President Obama to give this year’s commencement speech and grant to him an honorary doctorate.
The invitation, which was announced March 20, has roiled America’s Catholics: apart from the unprecedented episcopal criticism, more than 330,000 people have signed an online petition asking the historic Catholic institution to rescind the invitation that would give a pro-choice president a coveted platform in a Catholic setting.
“If Notre Dame were hosting the president as a participant in a dialogue that included a full presentation of the Church’s position regarding the primacy of life, then the university’s action would be more understandable,” Bishop Loverde said in a statement made public Thursday.
“However, given the unique national prominence of Notre Dame among Catholic universities, the decision by a few administrators to give him a platform and honor on commencement day will be damaging to the Church, to the pro-life cause and, ultimately, to the university itself.” >full article