After reading an article, “The Battle to Control Catholic Commencements” (and many others), there are so many things I want to say about the ND-Obama situation.  It’s almost comedic that I actually said in March that I would refrain from writing about the whole thing.  I didn’t want to inflict my venting on the populous, so I decided to remain mum on the subject.  Then slowly it came out… and while I tried to stall it for awhile, or at least slow it down, it now comes out of my fingers without much prodding.   It’s therapeutic, at least.

My (latest) primary point (so if you don’t feel like reading the rest of this post, just stick with me here and then go on to the next blog you read) is that the triumph of all of this mess is the mere fact that people are talking about it.   Discussions are happening about ND and other Catholic schools by major news outlets that would have ignored it all in the past.  It’s becoming watercooler talk in places where in the past it would only be discussed by a handful of members of that “right wing conspiracy.”  In the past, other commencements (Xavier in LA, for instance) would have gone unnoticed (case in point: their 2006 commencement.  With Barack Obama).  But now everything is coming to the forefront.  The lines have been drawn and people are having to choose sides.

When people say, “Notre Dame is lost,” I clutch onto that sliver of hope — that we’re having this discussion.  Yes, maybe things look pretty bleak.  And maybe it’ll be lost in the next few years.  But while it’s slipped down the slippery slope for the last 20 years and it’s still sliding– at least it’s still sliding.  And when something is still moving, we can push it up again.  How about the fact that Joe Biden was given an award at Georgetown last week by the legal defense of the National Organization for Women?  Does that alarm anyone?  It should… the fact that it doesn’t or that you probably didn’t hear about it?  That alarms me.

One more point, before I leave to go read other articles that would cause me a few popped blood vessels in my head if I hadn’t already read the irrational drivel in countless other articles this past month.  One doesn’t have to be Catholic to be defiant to the Church’s teachings on moral law. (If you haven’t heard, that’s one of the holey shields being waved around to defend a school that obviously doesn’t listen when the bishops say: “The 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.” But wait, he’s not Catholic!  So he can’t act in defiance of fundamental moral principles!! …. really?) 

We’re not angry with Obama because he ate meat last Friday or didn’t fast on Ash Wednesday.  We’re upset that he condones — nay, avidly supports — the destruction of innocent human life.  He’s not just defiant to the teachings of the Catholic Church, he’s defying the principles of natural law.

And by the way, Inside Higher Ed, whomever you are… it can only be called a “battle to control Catholic commencements” because there are some people out there who want to control the Church, tell Her when She’s wanted, tell Her when She can speak, and use Her whenever it’s convenient.  So just make sure you take note of who is trying to control whom. 

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