I don’t want to write volumes about the Obama-ND situation. All I want to say is this:

Sure, dialogue about the issues. But don’t honor the man. And no matter what they say, giving him an HONORARY law degree (of all things) is honoring him, not opening dialogue with him.  

First of all, you can’t separate a man from his principals. You can’t say “we’re honoring him as president, but we’re not honoring his beliefs.”  No one would honor Hitler in an attempt to separate his achievement in gaining power in Germany (which was impressive) from what he did with that power.

Secondly, there are other ways to dialogue.  If you wanted to dialogue with Hugo Chavez, you wouldn’t give him the Presidential Medal of Freedom to do so.

That’s all I have to say.

“Indeed, the measure of any Catholic institution is not only what it stands for, but also what it will not stand for.”

Bishop D’Arcy, diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

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