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Obama to speak at Xavier in New Orleans

And it seems to be causing much less of a stir than what happened last year at Notre Dame:

The archbishop of New Orleans has responded to the decision of Xavier University, a Catholic institution in his diocese, to host President Obama for a speech commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29.

Archdiocesan spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey told that she spoke directly with Archbishop Gregory Aymond regarding the affair, and that the prelate stated he had not been consulted nor invited to the campus event. At the time of the Obama event Aymond will be participating in an Interfaith Prayer Service at St. Louis Cathedral to pray for the continued rebuilding of the region devastated by the storm.

Comiskey said, however, that the archbishop “did note … that this is not a political speech, but one that is a gesture of compassion for and solidarity with the people of New Orleans and Xavier University of New Orleans is often used by the mayor and public officials for such events.”

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Deacon Chick

posted August 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Iterestingly unlike Notre Dame, there is no indication that an award is being presented on behalf of the institution.

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posted August 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

The President already has received XULA’s highest honor the previous time he spoke at the University.
As a benefactor of XULA, I am most pleased to see the President return. Dr. Norman Francis, the head of the university and the dean of Catholic college presidents is one of the most outstanding lay Catholics in our nation.

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posted August 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

I hope they read the speech before he gives it.

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posted August 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Yes, it would be great to have copies for everyone. The President’s speech at Notre Dame was absolutely amazing. All would be better off reading or listening to his actual words rather than the blather that often gets pass around.

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Tom Smith

posted August 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

I wonder if Obama’s Chicago people will strongly urge or will instruct Xavier to cover up any religious symbols there like at Georgetown U.
Will Obama still blame the Hurricane on Bush or the democrat Governor’s failures? Obama prevented ships from skimming oil early in the disaster, will he apologize for that? I won’t hold my breath.
How can a catholic university support a President who supports all abortions, supports promotes Islam and says this isn’t a christian nation and does not support any christian values in this country?
“Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”–symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.”

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posted August 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

All of your “wondering” will be answered when the President gives his speak at XULA, our nation’s only Catholic college founded by a saint.
I am willing to bet the President’s remarks will be absolutely fantastic. Maybe the Deacon will post them here.

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posted August 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

Notre Dame is famous. Most people don’t even know Xavier exists and it’s wears it’s Catholicism rather lightly.

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posted August 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I think Xavier is ignored or unknown by those Catholics with little regard for our African-American brothers and sisters. But I can tell you my experience has been it is a great Catholic school and the members of the Alumni Club here are wonderfully faith-filled people.

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posted August 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Tom Smith: Separation of church and state means exactly that. Those declarations were in place before President Obama was born and it has nothing to do with his opinion on covering up religious symbols and such. Katherine, It is my understanding that “Miss Xavier” will introduce the President today. She was featured in the September issue of the Ebony Magazine. I had the pleasure of meeting her just once. She experienced hurricane Katrina first hand and she represents Xavier in the highest standards. I will be watching.

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