Tuesday, March 8, 2016

is Notre Dame loyal or disloyal to Catholic church?

It's interesting how the same event can be seen in much different lights by different folks. Recently the University of Notre Dame announced it would award it's prestigious Laetare award to two Catholic politicians John Boehner and Joe Biden.

David Gibson of the Religion News Service sees it this way:
Notre Dame rebukes ugly politics, gives award to Biden and Boehner

Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, devout Catholics and longtime political foes, will share a prestigious honor from the University of Notre Dame in a pointed rebuke to the polarization and ugliness of American politics shown perhaps most vividly in the Republican nominating contest currently led by Donald Trump.

"We live in a toxic political environment where poisonous invective and partisan gamesmanship pass for political leadership," Notre Dame's president, Fr. John Jenkins, said in statement announcing that Biden, a Democrat, and Boehner, a Republican, would receive the 2016 Laetare Medal.

......... read the full article here

Meanwhile the ultra conservative Cardinal Newman Society weighs in with
University of Notre Dame Will Give Its Highest Award to Pro-Abortion Vice-President Joe Biden

Notre Dame has once again chosen to betray the Church and its Catholic mission. Notre Dame has announced that it will bestow its 2016 Laetare Medal, the “oldest and most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics,” on pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. This time, however, the offense is even greater: a pro-abortion Catholic politician is being honored as one “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church [emphasis added] and enriched the heritage of humanity.”

......... read the full article here

In other words, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The culture wars continue unabated.

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