No, he wasn't talking about the Buffalo Bills signing Terrell Owens, or the Yankees signing this or that player (I don't follow baseball, so...):
Dolan didn't hesistate a bit, responding "They did, and I say that as one who loves and respects Notre Dame. They made a big mistake."
"There's a lot of things that President Obama does that we can find ourselves allied with and working with him on, and we have profound respect for him and pray with him and for him," Dolan said. "But in an issue that is very close to the heart of Catholic world view, namely, the protection of innocent life in the womb, he has unfortunately taken a position very much at odds with the Church."
A "Catholic world view," you say? Is that something you might expect to be addressed or expressed or otherwise delineated at a Catholic school?
I was talking today to a friend who is currently a student at Notre Dame, and he asked this interesting question: "Why is it that Pope Pius XII is regularly denounced by many cultural and political liberals for allegedly not standing up to Hitler, not doing enough to save Jewish lives, and not speaking out more vehemently in the face of evil, while many of those same people are so offended and aghast that some Catholics are protesting Obama being honored with a law degree at Notre Dame, speaking up about Obama's pro-abortion voting record, and speaking out loudly about how evil abortion really is?"
His point might be readily dismissed or misunderstood. But it shouldn't be, because it was at the service of this basic truth: objective evil is always objectively evil. One doesn't have to engage in over-the-top language and histrionics to simply note that killing people due to their ethnicity and killing people because of their developmental status are both equally wrong in the eyes of the Catholic Church. It's wrong in the eyes of anyone with a decent sense of reality and a bit of moral clarity. The killing of innocents is murder, and the support of such killing, no matter how you spin it, fluff it up, paint it pretty, and dowse it in perfume is wrong.
But let's face it: it's easy to condemn Hitler. Goodness, it's easy for people to condemn Pope Pius XII, and he played a part in saving (at least) close to a million Jewish lives! It's easy to pontificate about evil when it is in the abstract, or when it has been suitably packaged and marked, "Fit for condemnation by influential people and self-appointed cultural elites, as seen on network news."
Perhaps most significantly, it's easy to not recognize or name evil when it is hidden away, hushed up, dampened down, and otherwise stuffed into a tidy, sterile little box called "choice" or "reproductive justice" or "a woman's right to choose." Why did so many ordinary Germans, including some Christians, simply go along for the genocide ride and not protest at what was happening to millions of Jews and Christians? One reason, I'm quite certain, is because what was happening was "out of sight, out of mind." But, hey, that sort of thing would never happen here, to us, would it? Naw. Of course not.