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President Bartlett went to Notre Dame, didn’t he?

Every now and then – just for comic relief – I go to America’s top source of spin to see what those little minds are spooning out these days.

Came across this story this morning which has me once again wondering why there are a gazillion otherwise sane folks out there who put their heart, mind and faith in the Catholic Church.

The home of the Fighting Irish is granting President Obama an honourary degree and will have him address the graduates. Being a Catholic university, the church is completely apoplectic about these going ons.

‘The proposed granting of an honorary doctorate at Notre Dame University to our president, who is so aggressively advancing an anti-life and anti-family agenda, is rightly the source of the greatest scandal,” said Archbishop Raymond Burke, who is the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

In a move that somehow resembles sanity, the University is sticking with their plans.

After initial criticism of the invitation, Notre Dame University President Rev. John I. Jenkins called Obama an “inspiring leader” who follows in a long tradition of presidential guest speakers. He added that the invitation does not mean universal support for Obama administration policies.

And here I thought that the church was all about love, tolerance, respect for everyone – and all that mushy stuff.  I guess it doesn’t extend to a black President who just happens to be left of Attila the Hun on the social democratic side of things. He’s even a christian! And from what I read, a pretty steadfast one at that!

Whether or not you support the freedom of a woman to choose or not, ranting on against the choice of a University offering a sitting President an Honourary Degree is not the way to convince others that your view of the world is the right one.

Universities have traditionally been the vanguard of free expression  – whether the school is secular or not. This is a symbolic act that is an expression of the institution’s admiration of a groundbreaking President. This venomous and rabid rant is doing nothing but further exposing the Middle Ages mentality of the vatican.


He blamed loose morals for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages and repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which states have implemented to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“At the root of the confusion and error about marriage is the contraceptive mentality which would have us believe that the inherently procreative nature of the conjugal union can in practice be mechanically or chemically eliminated while the marital act remains unitive. It simply cannot be sold,” Burke said.

“Loose morals”?  “Contraceptive mentality”? Does this guy know how ridiculaous he sounds?

I don’t know about you, but the vatican could use a visit by some Mexican pigs!



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  1. trashee says:

    Yeah XUP – I don’t get that either. I have a theory that America is all about nostalgia for so-called “simpler” times. You can see it in their culture and their religion. They look around them and don’t see the America that they had hoped it would be in the 20th / 21st century. So they long for those times when they ruled the waves and the world… times when John Wayne, LBJ and Fonzie were da men!

    I like to think that while we Canucks are much the same, our secular and more inclusive society tempers the throw-back attitude to some degree…
    Though we do have Alberta Conservatives..

  2. XUP says:

    Lately I\’m really stumped on that whole \"land of the free and home of the brave\" thing. There seem to be huge vocal factions of America who are locked in the late 17th century

  3. There’s a great letter to a news editor for The Independent in ireland where the correspondent suggests that Ireland’s blasphemy law, that is now being drafted, should raise blasphemy to a thought crime and be more harshly punished.

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