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04-30-2009, 06:04 PM
- Three more bishops have spoken out against the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor President Obama by asking him to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at the school's graduation ceremony May 17.

"In my first year as bishop no issue has generated more mail expressing dismay and sadness as the recent decision by the leadership of the University of Notre Dame to honor Pres. Barack Obama at this year's commencement," wrote Bishop James V. Johnston of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO in his weekly column dated May 1.

"Regardless of whether it is deserved or not, Notre Dame holds a special place in the hearts of a vast number of Catholics who see it as a proud symbol of the Catholic Church's place in American life."

Considering President Obama's extreme pro-abortion agenda, said the bishop, "it is saddening and bewildering that Notre Dame would act in this manner."

"This honor will cause confusion and scandal among many."

Bishop Johnston expressed solidarity with Notre Dame's Bishop D'Arcy and his decision to boycott the ceremony, and said he joins those calling for Notre Dame to "reconsider this decision."

"Even at this late date, such a reversal would be a credit to Notre Dame's leadership, and would restore the near-universal goodwill that Notre Dame is now almost assured of losing," said the bishop.

Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, NH also expressed solidarity with Notre Dame's Bishop John D'Arcy in his condemnation of the scandal. Manchester's diocesan website reprinted Bishop D'Arcy's original statement, in which he questioned whether the school had chosen "prestige over truth" and announced his intention to boycott.

Bishop Bernard Harrington of Winona, MN, says he is among several bishops who have written to University president Fr. John Jenkins "to express my disbelief and disappointment" at the Obama honor.

In the May 2009 edition of the diocesan newspaper The Courier, Bishop Harrington referenced the 2004 U.S. Bishops' document "Catholics in Political Life," which forbids Catholic schools from honoring pro-abortion politicians. In honoring the deeply pro-abortion president, said the bishop, Notre Dame "is choosing to defy the bishops of the United States and turn its back on the Catholic community in its continual defense of the right-to-life."

"The university's stance is similar to that of Catholic politicians who say that they are pro-life and then support legislation and vote for programs that foster abortion," said the bishop. "It is hard to believe that the University of Notre Dame has chosen 'political rightness' over principle and truth."

Bishop Harrington suggested that the University "judge itself in the same light of truth and justice" as Bishop D'Arcy, who had stated that his attendance at the ceremony would have implicitly approved President Obama and given scandal.

"No matter what the President of Notre Dame says, the invitation and bestowal of an honorary degree upon President Obama is a 'no-win situation' for the Catholic Church of the United States and in particular, a losing situation for the University of Notre Dame," said Harrington.

"It might be a little too dramatic to say that Our Lady of the Golden Dome is hanging her head in shame, but there is no question that hundreds of thousands of 'loyal Irish' supporters are angered, dumbfounded and disappointed in this administration's decision."

The bishops who have so far expressed disapproval of Notre Dame's invitation to Obama (in alphabetical order) are:

1. Bishop John D'Arcy - Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN
2. Bishop Samuel Aquila - Fargo, ND
3. Bishop Gregory Aymond - Austin, TX
4. Bishop Gerald Barbarito - Palm Beach, FL
5. Bishop Leonard Blair - Toledo, OH
6. Archbishop Daniel Buechlein - Indianapolis, IN
7. Bishop Robert Baker - Birmingham, AL
8. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz - Lincoln, NE
9. Archbishop Eusebius Beltran - Oklahoma City, OK
10. Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú - San Antonio, TX
11. Archbishop Charles Chaput - Denver, CO
12. Bishop Paul Coakley - Salina, KS
13. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo - Houston, TX
14. Archbishop Timothy Dolan - New York, NY
15. Bishop Thomas Doran - Rockford, IL
16. Auxiliary Bishop John Dougherty - Scranton, PA
17. Bishop Robert Finn - Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
18. Bishop Joseph Galante - Camden, NJ
19. Bishop Victor Galeone - St. Augustine, FL
20. Cardinal Francis George - Chicago, IL; President, USCCB
21. Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger - Evansville, IN
22. Archbishop José Gomez - San Antonio, TX
23. Bishop Bernard Harrington - Winona, MN
24. Bishop William Higi - Lafayette, IN
25. Archbishop Alfred Hughes - New Orleans, LA
26. Bishop James V. Johnston - Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO
27. Bishop Peter Jugis - Charlotte, NC
28. Bishop Joseph Latino - Jackson, MS
29. Bishop John LeVoir - New Ulm, MN
30. Bishop Jerome Listecki - La Crosse, WI
31. Bishop William E. Lori - Bridgeport, CT
32. Bishop Paul Loverde - Arlington, VA
33. Bishop George Lucas - Springfield, IL
34. Bishop Robert Lynch - St. Petersburg, FL
35. Bishop Joseph Martino - Scranton, PA
36. Bishop John McCormack - Manchester, NH
37. Bishop Robert Morlino - Madison, WI
38. Bishop George Murry - Youngstown, OH
39. Archbishop John J. Myers - Newark, NJ
40. Archbishop Joseph Naumann - Kansas City, KS
41. Bishop R. Walker Nickless - Sioux City, IA
42. Archbishop John C. Nienstedt - St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN
43. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien - Baltimore, MD
44. Bishop Thomas Olmsted - Phoenix, AZ
45. Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk - Cincinnati, OH
46. Bishop Glen Provost - Lake Charles, LA
47. Cardinal Justin Rigali - Philadelphia, PA; Chairman, USCCB Pro-Life Committee
48. Bishop Kevin Rhoades - Harrisburg, PA
49. Bishop Alexander Sample - Marquette, MI
50. Bishop Edward J. Slattery - Tulsa, OK
51. Bishop Richard Stika - Knoxville, TN
52. Bishop Anthony Taylor - Little Rock, AR
53. Bishop Robert Vasa - Baker, OR
54. Bishop Thomas Wenski - Orlando, FL
55. Archbishop Donald Wuerl - Washington, D.C.
56. Bishop David Zubick - Pittsburgh, PA

URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09043004.html

04-30-2009, 06:20 PM
Will Obama cite FOCA and arrest Catholic bishops who will not do abortions?

"The coming battle between Obamas heathen baby killers and Catholics of good conscience !"

The showdown over the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is coming.

The Senate has rejected a conscience clause. Now Catholic hospitals can be forced to commit abortions.

Democrats are caught between their pro-death supporters’ demands and attacking the Catholic Church. They will opt for the latter.

FOCA will force Catholic bishops to choose between federal money and mortal sin, and saying “No!” to murders of convenience by closing their hospitals. They will opt for the latter.

Aided by America’s Catholics, pro abortionists elected the most pro death president in history. Encouraged by this support Democrats are willing to confront Catholic bishops, but it will be a big mistake.

If Congress removes the conscious clause from government contacts with America’s Catholic hospitals and force them to commit abortions it’s in for a big surprise. The bishops won’t cave to FOCA. They’ll fight back.

Arlington’s Bishop Paul Loverde has sent a clear response to the death lobby in Congress. He dared Congress to send jackbooted DoJ thugs after him “I’m not going to close the hospital, you’re going to arrest me, go right ahead. You’ll have to drag me out, go right ahead. I’m not closing this hospital, we will not perform abortions, and you can go take a flying leap.”

The Vatican sees passage of FOCA as “the equivalent of a war” between Obama and the Catholic Church.

St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Robert Hermann said “any one of us would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow — to die tomorrow — to bring about the end of abortion.”

FOCA plus Obama’s speaking at Notre Dame will cause adherent Catholic anger never seen before. There will be many red and surprised faces across the land. This will be a disaster for the Democrats. Catholic bishops are leading; genuine Catholics will follow.

There are 624 Catholic hospitals in America. Many of them are bulging at their seams treating illegal aliens who prey on the good will of the religious men and women who administer them. Because of changing demographics many are in neighborhoods populated by the “poor” the Democrats claim to care so much about. When they close it will be devastating for the poorest of the poor in our big cities.

If Catholic hospitals close more than 600,000 people will be in danger of losing their jobs. One of six hospitalized Americans receives care in Catholic hospitals.
Like their socialist counterparts in the old Soviet Union, Democrats are largely irreligious. Consequently they do not understand the nature and power of religion as a motivating force, but they will learn.

The bishops are at a crossroads. The election results from last fall told them they have lost many rank and file Catholics.

The very real possibility that caving in to FOCA will cause the loss of still more people is not lost on them.
They know they have to nurture and encourage the faith of those who are sitting in their pews week after week. The bishops will choose life and lead the adherent Catholics in this battle.

con·science (knshns)
a. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong: Let your conscience be your guide.

b. A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement: a document that serves as the nation's conscience.

c. Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct: a person of unflagging conscience.

2. The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.

3. Obsolete Consciousness.
Idiom: in (all good) conscience .In all truth or fairness.