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Friday, April 24, 2009



Was Bill Clinton the speaker at Notre Dame back when he first took office? If so why weren't there the same objections that we (justifiably) see against President Obama?

Dan Deeny

I spoke with Dan Carpenter, a pundit for the Indianapolis Star, about Pres. Obama's upcoming speech at Notre Dame and about his reversal of Pres. Bush's Mexico City Policy. Mr Carpenter said he supported Pres. Obama's speech because Pres. Obama is not a Catholic and is not bound by Catholic law. He supported Pres. Obama's reversal of the Mexico City Policy because women who have too many children (He used the term "25 children.") do not have a chance for a good life.
A Catholic university can bring a Klansman, a Nazi, a jihadist, or a pro-choice Catholic politician to give a speech and participate in a debate, but offering honorary degrees to such people is too much. Maybe Franciscan University in Steubenville should now be recognized as the premier Catholic university in the U.S.?


Dan: The University of Dallas.


Dear K,
Two wrongs don't make a right. The only silver lining to the mockery that NDU, Georgetown, Xavier U etc are making of the "Catholic" education they offer is that the people-in-the-pews are waking up. And, guess what, they're even waking up some their bishops.
So, while Bill Clinton was simply 'slick' & O is entirely overt about his disregard for life, the Catholic position on life hasn't changed, no matter how inconvenient it is. This speech by McGurn should be nailed Jenkins' door.


My understanding is that Notre Dame did not, in fact, ever invite or host President Clinton as a commencement speaker for this very reason: because of his stand on abortion. Am I wrong?

John Campbell

If Catholics simply voted their Faith, abortion would remain unthinkable in this country.

Now it is to our everlasting shame that since 1973, FIFTY MILLION FUTURE AMERICAN CITIZENS never saw the light of day.

What will it take for ALL of us who call ourselves 'Catholics' to stand up to this evil and say: "Enough!"


I heard Mr. McGurn give the 2008 commencement address at my sister's graduation from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS last year. It was fantastic. Here's a link if you'd like to read more from this good man.

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