Archbishop Neinstedt weighs in on Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama


March 26, 2009

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President, University of Notre Dame
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Dear Father Jenkins:

I have just learned that you, as President of the University of Notre Dame, have invited President Barack Obama to be the graduation commencement speaker at the University’s exercises on May 17, 2009. I was also informed that you will confer on the president an honorary doctor of laws degree, one of the highest honors bestowed by your institution.

I write to protest this egregious decision on your part. President Obama has been a pro-abortion legislator. He has indicated, especially since he took office, his deliberate disregard of the unborn by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research, by promoting the FOCA agenda and by his open support for gay rights throughout this country.

It is a travesty that the University of Notre Dame, considered by many to be a Catholic University, should give its public support to such an anti-Catholic politician.

I hope that you are able to reconsider this decision. If not, please do not expect me to support your University in the future.

Sincerely yours,

The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

That’s my Archbishop.

Source: Cardinal Newman Society


3 Responses to Archbishop Neinstedt weighs in on Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama

  1. thefrenchchick says:

    Mine too. I’m just so glad that he has taken a stand on the Notre Dame-Obama issue. Far too many simply turn their heads.

  2. Keith Toepfer says:

    Thanks be to God for such a clear message from this faithful Archbishop. Would that they were all thus.

  3. Nan says:

    He’s good and we’re lucky to have him. He says people call him conservative but denies it because all he’s trying to do is what the church asks him to do.

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