Defining an ‘embarrassment’


Defining an ‘embarrassment’

EDITOR:

Bishop John D’Arcy stated he will not attend Notre Dame’s graduation because the university invited President Obama to speak. He claims Obama has separated science from ethics because he supports the direct destruction of innocent life by abortion. Bishops, he claims, must teach the Catholic faith by their actions as well as by word. What hypocrisy. Are not the thousands of children molested, raped, sodomized by priests and bishops innocent lives destroyed? Yet the prestige of the church is considered more important than justice for the victims. The bishop claims he is not attacking Obama but defending truth. What truth? What is it Obama is expected to promote or deny in a graduation address yet to be delivered?

Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says Notre Dame doesn’t understand what it means to be a Catholic causing extreme embarrassment to Catholics. He urged Catholics to keep pressure on ND to cancel the invitation, though he didn’t expect the university to do so.

In 2007, the French President Nicholas Sarkozy, twice divorced, strong supporter of legal abortion, was given the title of Canon of the Basilica of St. John Lateran by the Vatican. This I could see as embarrassing to some Catholics and pro-lifers. In 2008, Pope Benedict XV was to address the students of Fapienza, a secular university in Italy. The students protested and the invitation withdrawn. This was viewed by the Vatican as a prime example of intolerance. This could be considered an embarrassment. Approve of it or not, Obama has accepted the invitation. And I am not embarrassed, in fact, proud as an American and as a Catholic to have our president speak at ND’s commencement.

JOHN F. WIRTZ

North Jackson