The problem? The Roman Catholic Church is uncompromisingly protective of innocent human life from the moment of conception as a matter of doctrine. President Obama is unapologetically in favor of destroying innocent human life, as witnessed through: (1) his opposition to banning partial birth abortions; (2) his funding of embryonic stem cell research with federal dollars; and (3) lifting the ban on overseas abortion funding, for starters.
In response to this matter, the Most Reverend John M. D’Arcy as bishop of the diocese of Fort Wayne (in which Notre Dame is located), has refused to attend Notre Dame’s commencement for the first time in his 25 years as diocesan head. Bishop D’Arcy, citing the United States Catholic Bishops’ 2004 statement says “[t]he Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Read Bishop D’Arcy’s entire thinly veiled smack down of Notre Dame here.
** Pictured above, Touchdown Jesus and Notre Dame alumni react to the good news that at least one Catholic clergyman has the balls to take an unpopular stand in support of Church teaching.