Monday, April 27, 2009

Mary Ann Glendon backs out of Notre Dame commencements, with dignity

I was at work at 5:30am and at nearly 8:30pm, have just gotten home. I got out of work at 2:00 to take my mother to the doctor, and have been pretty much running . Needless to say, while I was aware of today's big news, I could not communicate on it.

Many bloggers have already covered it and I'll let Canon Lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters pass along what has happened. If you click the title, it will take you to his post. Whether you read it here or at his blog, be sure to click on the links he provides.

Mary Ann Glendon brings good out of evil

I see Dr. Mary Ann Glendon's refusal to provide cover for Notre Dame's inexcusable conferral of honors on a prominent pro-abortion politician as an application of Canon 209.1 "The Christian faithful, even in their own manner of acting, are always obliged to maintain communion with the Church", or of Canon 225.2 "According to each one's own condition, [laity] are also bound by a particular duty to imbue and perfect the order of temporal affairs with the spirit of the gospel and thus to give witness to Christ, especially in carrying out these same affairs and in exercising secular functions.

"The evil that ND President Jenkins and his Board of Trustees committed has, Deus laudetur, occasioned one of the most striking displays of episcopal fortitude I can remember, mobilized hundreds of thousands of American Catholics against another quiet surrender to the Culture of Death, and effected notice to several once great Catholic institutions that it's time, finally, to decide where they stand.

I say, God bless Ambassador Glendon.

Indeed! Pray for the Ambassador. She bowed out with dignity and respect. She was able to understand the USCCB's Catholics in Political Life with all the simplicity intended. It always scares me when highly educated people complicate simple things. It's a loop-hole mentality that Christ never taught. Something doesn't fit their ideals or desires so they look for a way around it. It's actually not the innocent childlike behavior expected by Christ, but childish.

I will soon be updating my bishops list of those who have spoken out on this matter. The number is now at 47, with the addition today of Archbishop Joseph Naumann. The Papist, Tom Peters has the same running list.

It is refreshing to see so many bishops standing up for the faith. Some are concerned with those who have not written. I say, focus on those who have said something and offer some thanksgiving. For all of our bishops, pray. May God grace them with holy boldness.

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The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!