I'd love to let this rest, but it's just impossible. Again, the problem is with the school administration, not President Obama. He came with a rather conciliatory message. And if I heard right, he wants a conscience clause in any health care bill provision to protect those who refuse to do abortions. That's good. However, his argument was based on the primacy of tolerance, that reasonable people can disagree over the abortion issue and that we all want to make abortions fewer. But the nice words belie the facts--he's making them easier to get. Say one thing; do another. I've come to expect that from him. He is no friend to our Catholic faith. Let his actions speak his values. (You can check out the text of his speech here.)
The real travesty was Fr. John Jenkins whose introductory speech sounded suspiciously like those French Revolution/Napoleonic prelates who threw the ancient faith overboard in their haste to make peace with the secular government. He lauded Obama in almost Messianic terms and then added that Catholics are against his position on abortion but other than that he really is the Messiah. One looks for a change in the library mosaic. (Check out his speech here (May 17 entry)). Really, it was quite pathetic as was the wording of the honorary law degree which formalized the worshipful words of the university president. A sad day for a once great university. And Catholics in this nation are now further divided.