Monday, April 27, 2009

Notre Dame Not Done

Fr. Jenkins has announced that Note Dame will give their award to someone else besides Glendon.

The following statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, is in response to the decision by Mary Ann Glendon to decline acceptance of the University’s Laetare Medal:

“We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible.”

This is not going well for them. On top of it all, they have had 47 Bishops criticize and disagree with the decision, had millions of dollars in donations lost and badly tarnished their reputation. Others, including Ed Peters and Fr. Raymond de Souza, have taken them to the cleaners when writing about ND's reasoning behind it all.

Notre Dame is in trouble, bigger than they have been in a long time. Pray for the school.


BJ Buracker said...

What is also rather sad about this whole fiasco is that the special day devoted to the achievements and character of the graduates is being overshadowed by scandal. I am sure that many seniors and graduate degree recipients will boycott their own ceremony! For others, their friends or family may hesitate to come, out of fear of supporting the scandalous. Plus, in the future, the 2009 graduation of Notre Dame will be remembered as the one where Fr. Jenkins and President Obama stirred up so much trouble (or where the conservatives raised a big hubbub).

After 4+ years of hard work at an excellent university, these students deserve better than to be lost in the midst of controversy.

kurie eleisonBJ

beatjesuit said...

I don't think anyone will boycott THEIR OWN GRADUATION. The students are overwhelmingly in favor of Obama speaking at their graduation. The main issues stem from people with zero connection to the University.

Marcel said...

If the student body is overwhelmingly in favor of Obama speaking, that does not exonerate the University administration, rather it shows how poor a job ND is doing in forming their students.

Exsultet said...

On the 47 (now, I believe, 49 and counting) bishops, I am so proud of our Bishop Aymond for being the first to speak out. He is truly a great shepherd.
Also, I'd like to say that as a Longhorn, I am so grateful that Aggies have been able to stand up to secularism and the culture of death, I hope and pray that they continue to do so and that UT students will be able to join them in this. I have been totally blown away by the faithful Aggie Catholics I have had the good fortune to meet and by the campus ministry. Please pray for us on the other side of that maroon-orange divide.

BJ Buracker said...

This story supports what I had originally said. Not only are these seniors not attending their own ceremony, they are protesting the event. Indeed, I continue to think this whole fiasco is quite sad.