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Support for Notre Dame and Obama

posted by David Gibson

As cited below, retired Archbishop John R. Quinn, who wrote in support of the Notre Dame invitation earlier in America magazine, has sent a personal note to President Obama in which he says wants “to offer a different voice from the often strident outcries over your forthcoming visit to Notre Dame University.” Quinn says he recognizes differences with the president, especially on abortion, but also notes the history-making breakthrough represented by the election of an African-American, and the example of his family life, which is so important to the Church. He concludes:

It strikes me that you have shown a measured, thoughtful approach to issues of public concern and your ability to listen to and weigh views different from your own is an asset to the discharge of your high responsibilities. This admirable quality inspires hope for further dialog on issues over which there are major differences.

Mr. President, I address this letter to you not to deal with matters of policy or legislation, but simply to wish you great blessings and to assure you of my prayer that your service as President will bring lasting benefits to all Americans who, with you, cherish the ideal of “liberty and justice for all.”
Quinn also spoke to PoliticsDaily editor Melinda Henneberger about the letter:
 
In a phone interview on Thursday, I asked Quinn why he had written to the president – especially since at age 80, he so rarely speaks out these days: “No, I really don’t,” he said, “but I just thought there needed to be a positive note in this whole discourse.” [snip] The archbishop said he had not heard back from the president, and wasn’t waiting by the mailbox. “But I hope he feels some encouragement from what I said, and knows that some of us see some very positive features even though we retain some differences.”
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame, Richard Notebaert, tells the AP that Father John Jenkins, CSC, has the “full support” of the board.
 

“He respects people who differ, but he’s resolute in his decision because he did it based on conscience and what he really believes in,” says Notebaert, in a profile of Jenkins that should be required reading, esepcially by those ready to burn him in effigy–or real life.

Catholic World News also points out that Notebaert is a major Republican donor, having donated $67,800 to McCain Victory 2008 and $28,500 to the Republican National Committee, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Doesn’t sound like an Obama shill to me.


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Ingrid Shafer

posted May 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm


THANK YOU, David, for giving a voice to the sane and thoughtful, but far too often silent, Catholic majority!



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Tom

posted May 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm


The opinion of one ND grad: Fr. Hesburgh and the Congregation of the Holy Cross embraced a heterodox take on Catholicism decades ago. Their current ecclesiology is more consistent with that of leftist Episcopalians than Catholicism. Obama’s paradigm is more consistent with most CSCs than is the Pope’s paradigm. This dispute is not actually between ND & the Church; it is between the Congregation of the Holy Cross and the Church. Ultimately, the dispute is a struggle between the religion advanced by the CSCs and the religion advanced by the Church, two distinct religions.



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Another Tom

posted May 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm


{…in a profile of Jenkins that should be required reading, esepcially by those ready to burn him in effigy–or real life.}
I’m going to assume this your editorial, David, and not some quote (though it does appear in bold print and indented). I can assure you that I’m not ready to burn Fr. Jenkins in effigy (since I readily addressed him as Father; now ain’t I esepecial ;-)
“THANK YOU, David, for giving a voice to the sane and thoughtful, but far too often silent, Catholic majority!”
I hope this doesn’t mean by implication that those of us in the Catholic minority are insane and thoughtless, though being the rightwing extremist that I was portrayed as (by Department of Homeland Security standards) I’d have to be at least somewhat off kilter. Please find it in your heart to pray for my eminent recovery :-)
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Former Episcopalian

posted May 16, 2009 at 8:45 pm


“The opinion of one ND grad: Fr. Hesburgh and the Congregation of the Holy Cross embraced a heterodox take on Catholicism decades ago. Their current ecclesiology is more consistent with that of leftist Episcopalians than Catholicism.”
No offense, but you have no idea where the leftist Episcopalians are. It isn’t just that the Eucharist shouldbe consecrated by a lesbian alcoholic (as it was in my parish before I finally gave up on the Episcopal church), it would be the homily that her first abortion was a right of passage but her second was a celebration of her right of choice.
So, news flash. They still have a long way to go to reach the left wing of the Episcopal Church.



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Gerry

posted May 17, 2009 at 11:23 pm


What? You can’t recognize your brother?



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