Monday, April 27, 2009

White House Responds to Mary Ann Glendon

AmP points us to CBN.
“President Obama is disappointed by former Ambassador Mary Glendon’s decision, but he looks forward to delivering an inclusive and respectful speech at the Notre Dame graduation, a school with a rich history of fostering the exchange of ideas.  While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”
Many who support Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak, thought that having Mary Ann Glendon as a "counter" to Obama would soften the blow.  Now that she is gone, the excuses are getting thinner.

9 comments:

beatjesuit said...

Or you could focus on issues concerning Texas A&M.

Marcel said...

This is an issue that concerns the Catholic Church and identity of Catholic universities. Why should we not comment on it? If you disagree with our opinions, you are free to state why.

beatjesuit said...

Where was the outrage when Bush spoke at Notre Dame's commencement in May 2001?

Marcel said...

Bush did not support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research and other intrinsically evil actions. He does support the death penalty and the Iraq war, neither of which are intrinsically evil and both of which one can be a faithful Catholic and agree with, in certain situations.

I really hope you aren't trying a moral equivalence of war/death penalty and the issues Obama supports - they are not comparable. If you are, then we can consult the catechism to get the facts.

Jason said...

beatjesuit,
a closer look at your catechism will reveal that the policies that bush supported were not intrinsically evil. I don't defend his decisions nor does the church. but its an important distinction that cannot be overlooked if you are really wanting to be honest about this.

The Ironic Catholic said...

I don't know y'all--capital punishment as an option of last resort for the safeguarding of society is licit. Not intrinsically evil. But Bush's record on that particular issue sure didn't fit the Catechism guidelines.

Bush was invited and gave the address at ND before 9-11, if I recall. And there was some anger at the invitation, although nothing like this. I think neither Obama not Bush should have been invited myself; it isn't what commencements are about.

Finally, yay for Mary Ann Glendon! What a great letter!

iltopo said...

There was "outrage" at Bush speaking in 2001--students did protest, but over what, I don't precisely recall. After all, it was before 9/11, before the war against terrorists, and before harsh interrogations. Perhaps they protested his stand on the death penalty, or perhaps his close election.

It may be time for ND to stop giving awards to sitting presidents, regardless of party affiliation.

iltopo said...

Anyway, I guess my main point is that this is not a partisan issue. The protest against the honoring of Obama by the leading Catholic university in America is not an anti-Democrat movement. Rather, it is a pro-Doctrine movement. Pro-Doctrine movements apply equally to Republicans and Democrats.

Marcel said...

But - there was no absolute dis-qualifier for Bush as there is for Obama.