The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic university, has invited President Barack Obama to speak at the university's May 17 commencement. The university has asked other presidents to give similar speeches, and several have spoken at previous commencements.
But this case is different. President Obama has recently issued Executive Orders directly counter to primary Catholic teachings. As a direct result,
- Bishop John M. D'Arcy, bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese that includes the Notre Dame campus, has announced that, for the first time in his tenure as bishop, he will not attend the commencement ceremonies because of President Obama's "long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred."
- The university community is now in an uproar. The Cardinal Newman Society has created an on-line petition at http://www.notredamescandal.com/ and has collected, as I write, well over 100,000 signatures asking the university to uninvite Obama.