A friend sent the notes from a priest below and I was quite impressed. Abortion sours this presidency for me. The fruits of Lincoln have come full circle with Obama, but still we refuse the truth. Just as we once refused to admit the personhood and rights of black slaves; today we refuse to acknowledge the same essential elements for the unborn. I suspect the ghost of Lincoln needs to pay the new president a visit.–FJ
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Carmel, IN
In the past weeks the fall out created by the invitation of our President Barak H. Obama to speak and receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement exercises at the University of Notre Dame this spring has caused considerable unrest among Catholics in the United States.
The bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese has refused to attend the commencement in protest. Other bishops have criticized the president of Notre Dame, Fr. Jenkins, for the invitation. Thousands of students and alumni have expressed their outrage about Obama’s visit to Notre Dame as well.
To a causal non-Catholic observer, all of this might seem a little strange. Who could imagine people being other than honored that the President of the United States has taken time out of his busy schedule
to come and speak at their university?
The issue that is at the heart of this controversy is abortion. What is specifically in question is our President’s policy of promoting abortion all over the world, even abortions performed well into the third trimester. The Notre Dame controversy gives us a good opportunity to review what President Obama has already done about abortion in the first 80 days of his administration:
Nearly all of his executive branch appointments have tapped advocates of abortion on demand.
On January 23, our President reversed the Mexico City Policy, which mandated that overseas family planning agencies that receive US tax dollars not promote or perform abortions. This policy reversal has made it possible for organizations like Planned Parenthood to receive government funding for their campaigns to legalize abortion in Latin America and Africa as well as getting money for performing abortion
in countries where it is legal.
On March 9, he signed an executive order mandating the spending of federal taxpayer money to subsidize embryonic stem cell research, threatening to direct federal funds away from adult stem cell research.
Embryonic stem cell research always involves the destruction of human life and can involve the creation of human life for the sole purpose of destroying it. Adult stem cell research involves the use of umbilical cord blood and bone marrow and is not at all problematic from a moral point of view. Obama’s action came despite the fact that adult stem cell research seems to be much more medically promising than embryonic research.
On March 17, he nominated his first of what is likely to be many dogmatically pro-abortion judges to the federal bench.
On March 29, the President announced plans to overturn an executive order signed in the Bush Administration that protected health care workers’ freedom of conscience to not perform abortions and other morally objectionable medical procedures.
This is only the beginning. We hope and pray that President Obama’s pro-abortion agenda is not as successful in the coming years as it has been in the past 80 days.
~ Father Richard