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Notre Dame Switchboard Overwhelmed

3/21/2009 - 9:10 PM PST

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Notre Dame Grads Condemn Obama Decision

Detroit/South Bend (March 21, 2009) - As of late Friday night, hundreds of callers had overwhelmed the switchboard at Notre Dame as news began to circulate that Obama had been invited to give the commencement address at Notre Dame on May 17th. Sources at Notre Dame as well as the White House late Friday afternoon confirmed the invitation had been extended and accepted.

ND operators said the calls simply became too much to handle. Voice mails of the University President, Vice-President, Provost, assistant-provost and PR director were all full by 10pm EST. Operators were suggesting that callers try again on Monday when university officials would be back in their offices.

All the calls were expressing outrage. None supported the decision.

Two Notre Dame alumni who own and operate the world's first Catholic internet TV station both immediately denounced the university's decision to award Barack Obama honors and give him a stage from which to speak.

Marc Brammer, ND Class of '74 and MBA'76 and Michael Voris '83 each called the move a disgrace and a smear on the University's reputation of being a Catholic school.

Voris discovered the news while live on the air with Relevant Radio's Drew Mariana while he was being interviewed about the week's news. "While I was actually on the air with Drew", Voris said, "I shot off an email to Fr. Jenkins (ND President) expressing my deep anger that the carnage done to the Faith by Notre Dame is continuing."

Voris shared the text of his email - It is beyond sinful that a University dedicated to the Mother of God, in whose womb the salvation of the world became incarnate, would give a platform to the biggest enemy of life in the womb this country has ever seen.

"This is a direct slap in the face to all who venerate the Mother of God. To be honoring a man who continues to do everything in his power to destroy the fundamental essence of motherhood through abortion," said Brammer, "shows just how much the University has lost its moral bearings." has pledged its support to encouraging protests and condemnation of the Obama visit.

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1 - 10 of 34 Comments

  1. john lido
    6 years ago

    if he speaks at ND i will cut my church donations by 50% or more.

  2. Charles R. Reed
    6 years ago

    I join other Catholics in expressing my outrage at the Notre Dame's decision. Obama's position on abortion is contrary to the Church's teaching.

  3. peg
    6 years ago

    So many parents do without so much to place our children in CATHOLIC SCHOOLS because of the brainwashing that is going on in public schools. You have a responsibility to make sure that the message he sends is one that is an honest representation of the values he really has and is not one that lies to everyone about what he really stands for to make it look as though he is a friend to all!

    So one day Obama's children may go to him and say, Daddy, if it was not a good time in your life to have me, I/we would not be alive today? Do I have any siblings that were not conceived at a CONVENIENT time and are no longer alive? What could the man honestly answer to question number one? I wonder in the long run, how this will affect his children's self image when they really learn what message he is sending to America. After all, they are the ones whose lives were at stake when the CHOICE was up to him and Michelle. I do not agree with the decision to have him honored at ND.

  4. Jim Hollingsworth
    6 years ago

    Although we are no longer practicing Catholics I have always had a lot of respect for the Church's stand on abortion. To invite a man like Obama, even though he believes he is the President, to speak is a tremendous sin. To honor him with a degree only compounds the sin. If this is the kind of teaching that is common at Notre Dame then I suspect that support is going to drop radically. Don't be afraid to stand for truth.

  5. Petra Stirling
    6 years ago

    Notre Dame should remove its claim to be Catholic and rename itself Notre SHAME. The administrators of this college will one day stand before God and have to answer for their actions honoring Obama, a devout promoter of abortion. If they are not sorry they made this decision now, they will be then!

  6. Leonard Huff
    6 years ago

    Imagine if the 60 million professed American Catholics were actually obedient and proactive . . . America would truly be ‘the great,’ and in good moral and financial condition, with unborn babies provided the safety of God’s love.

  7. Bernadette Shonka, COL, USAR, Retired
    6 years ago

    Bishop D'Arcy should do more than just not be there. Bishop D'Arcy should tell Fr. Jenkins in no uncertain terms to disinvite Mr. Obama. If he refuses, he could bar him (Fr. Jenkins) from his diocese. I would think that would send quite a signal.

  8. Charles N. Marrelli
    6 years ago

    Dear Real Catholic TV:

    Our “Catholic” problem runs much deeper than the Notre Dame betrayal. If the Catholic Church is suffering a meltdown in America, as some believe, it's because the pastoral duties of our Church leaders were neglected when they were most needed; during the late 60s and early 70s the average Catholic was not confused, today confusion is rampant.

    The USCCB put politics (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship) before principle and found it impossible to publish a two page document on abortion that was unmistakably clear. If abortion is truly the foundational social issue, then let's give it the priority, and clarity, it deserves. Unfortunately, the confusion has been allowed to fester and compound the uncertainty.

    During the period of 1973 to 1993, twenty long years of abortion on demand, we had no national, unified, clearly defined clerical leadership on this most divisive and destructive issue, then in 1993, Priests for Life virtually exploded into existence to partially fill the clerical void.
    The meaningful action omitted by the USCCB gave liberal pro-abortion politicians a helping hand; they were able, with an assist from the pro-choice media, to use high-profile pro-choice "Catholics" to achieve their pro-abortion agenda. The pro-choice "Catholics" were desirable as political candidates because they could draw votes from the growing number of confused Catholics. Even the pro-choice "Catholic" political pundits got a lot of media attention, and drew even more Catholics into ignorantly voting for a radically pro-abortion presidential candidate.

    When the USCCB, as a body, officially announces, clearly, forcefully, and unambiguously, that Catholics who claim to be pro-choice, and who stay unrepentant, have stepped outside the body of the Church, and should no longer call themselves Catholic. That's when the media will jump on board to criticize the Bishops, but the message will have been sent, and the negative reaction of the media will serve the purpose of making clear that those who call themselves pro-choice "Catholics" are in dissent, and should move on.

    The Catholics who abdicate during this clear and necessary act of purification will be no great loss; in fact, the losses we are suffering now may be reversed by the right kind of proactive leadership.

    As of today, Catholics are more confused than ever; they've been intimidated by the pro-choice media, and by the example of pro-choice "Catholics" who seem to grow in stature and power. The USCCB must step out of the shadows of ambiguity and religious correctness, into the forefront of the battle to bravely perform its pastoral duty to act on Christ's word (Mt 7:24-27), and set the American Catholic Church back solidly on rock, and lead our nation back to the Culture of Life.

    Prayers for our preborn citizens,

    Charles N. Marrelli
    Writers for Life
    182 Las Palmas
    Irvine, CA 92602

  9. Bob Humphrey
    6 years ago

    Let us pray and insist that the program be balanced with a convocation by Bishop Martino. A Man who truly deserves to be honored.

  10. Mark Fresh
    6 years ago

    Let the President speak unchallenged? - NO

    Debate the President? - Yes

    "reward" the President with an honorary degree?- No, NO, NO, NO!

    I am a cradle, practicing Catholic father of 11 blessings (chldren) who attended four years of Catholic High School taught by the Holy Cross Brothers (CSC) from UND.

    Brother Theophilus and many others must be amazed at what is now being taught as "Catholic."

    I pray God will use this opportunity for Good.

    Mark F.

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