Sunday, May 17, 2009

Detroit Free Press article on Catholics protesting Notre Dame's invitation of Barack Obama

Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press has an online article up in which he quotes Ned McGrath - the Communications Director for the Archdiocese of Detroit, following President Obama's address at Notre Dame:

He writes:

The Archdiocese of Detroit released a statement earlier that said Archbishop Allen Vigneron disapproved of the university’s decision to honor Obama, writing a letter in March to Notre Dame’s president.

On Sunday, Ned McGrath, communications director for the Archdiocese, said in a statement after Obama’s speech.

“The sad reality is those who are killed by abortion or human embryonic stem cell research do not— and never will— have a voice in a ’fair-minded’ debate on this issue. They are denied the inviolable right to life proper to every individual. As the pope has said, abortion is a serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders."

Thank you, Ned!

That was precisely my thought when he used the expression "fair-minded", as well as when he said we need to discuss things with which we are not comfortable. Has he even studied pictures of aborted babies - in particular those who have been aborted in the third trimester when they are viable outside of the womb? Or, is this too uncomfortable?

Many who defend a "woman's right to choose" are so focused on the woman's feelings that what is lost is the physical pain the baby feels as it is dismembered or burned by chemical abortion. This says nothing of the agony a baby feels who is delivered feet first until it's head is still in the canal, where it is punctured with a blunt instrument causing death (partial birth abortion which can take place up throughout the final months of pregnancy). Some even survive the hideous process of chemical abortion and are left on shelves to die alone - a practice first brought into the open by Nurse Jill Stanek who lost her job after exposing it. Powerless to do anything more, she would hold these babies until they died so they wouldn't die alone in the hospital where abortions where performed.

The article goes on to quote Michael Voris of Real Catholic TV who is a Notre Dame alumnus:

Michael Voris, a graduate of Notre Dame and senior producer of the Ferndale-based Real Catholic TV Internet site, said that about 100 metro Detroiters joined the anti-abortion protests. Voris and other traditional Catholics said they were concerned the university allowed Obama, who is pro-choice and for stem-cell research, to speak and receive an honorary degree from the Catholic university.

Voris said he's concerned that "a man who advocates openly death for children would honored by a university that calls itself Catholic."

“It’s a betrayal and a renunciation of the most basic…teachings of the church,” Voris said Sunday by phone from Notre Dame. “So the leadership at Notre Dame must be removed.”

Perhaps it is not just the leadership that should be removed. Perhaps the religious order which has responsibility for Notre Dame should be relieved of this obligation and let another order in there that will run it with the mind of the Church, rather than with the polls. They can start by cleaning house of the so-called theologians who have been given a free-ride to promote clear dissent. The only "magisterium" these professors follow is the pseudo-magisterium of other dissident professors and journalists who are giving people the idea that it's ok to make Catholicisim into some kind of a designer religion.

I would be remiss to not mention that Niraj mentioned this blog in his article at the end, so welcome to all who are following.

I'm sure there will be a flood of articles and blogposts pouring out over the next week. I'll try to bring some of these to you, but will not be able to blog on all of them. Therefore....

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