The Deacon's Bench

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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