Sunday, May 17, 2009

ND Commencement - Obama "Common Ground"

President Obama gave the commencement speech, a very eloquent 30 minute speech by the way, today at Notre Dame. No one can deny him his oratory skills.

However, what he says and what he does are two different things. And for me, as I listened to the speech, that is what I measured it by. While addressing the issue of abortion head-on with claims of 'common ground' and 'conscience', my thoughts kept in review his first 100 days in office.

They just don't add up. Obama's first steps in office to reverse the banned funding for international support for abortion, and his more recent decisions to roll back the ban on stem cell research are a complete 180 from what he verbally proclaims.

As far as Fr. Jenkins speech, the mention of "Audacity of Hope", a clear reference to Mr. Obama's book said all that was necessary for me to understand father's encampment.

Father's total ignoring of the 40% of U.S. Catholic Bishops and many Catholic Leaders who voiced their disagreement with Fr. J's decision also leads me to believe that the Catholic Leadership at the University may not be all that solid in the faith. Noting the elevated attendance of the professors and staff at the ceremony, those not wanting to miss the press coverage and national recognition was disappointing.

There were some Staff and faculty at the prayer service outside but that was not covered in the televised press very much.

The cheering masses at the ceremony was very sad. The bestowing of an honorary law degree for what was described as "proven actual work and accomplishment" for a president who has been in office less that 6 months just didn't make sense either.

I hope parents of children who are thinking of attending this prestigious university for it's Catholic identity will think twice and search elsewhere. For along with the $40,000.00 a semester price tag for the education and the loss of one's child's faith in my opinion, is too high a price to pay.

Divide and Conquer is the aim of this Obama visit. It seems to be working. Mark my words Obama will be pointing to this Catholic support for his administration's policies.

AmP has some very good commentary and analysis.
Link:American Papist

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