Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cardinal George: Notre Dame Decision an "Extreme Embarassment"

Speaking as the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, this weekend Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that the University of Notre Dame's decision to host and honor President Obama at their commencement ceremony this year was an "extreme embarrassment" to Catholics.

"Whatever else is clear, it is clear that Notre Dame didn't understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation," George told the crowd at a conference Saturday on the Vatican document Dignitatis Personae. The conference was hosted by the Chicago archdiocese's Respect Life office and Office for Evangelization at the Marriott O'Hare hotel.

In a video obtained by LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) today, Cardinal George prefaced his remarks by noting that as USCCB president he does not have jurisdiction or authority over other bishops, but nonetheless has "some moral authority, without any kind of jurisdiction or any sort of real authority."

"As president of the U.S. bishops' conference I have to precisely speak for the bishops and not in my own name, as I could as Archbishop of Chicago," he added.

Cardinal George is the ninth U.S. bishop to speak out against the scandal.

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Bill said...

Where is Fr. Jenkins? He must be in LaLa Land.

Carolyn said...

I AM Catholic and have continued to practice my faith for 71 years even though "the Church" hierarchy and US bishops continually embarasss me with their lack of action when needed and ridiculous and arrogant male positions. Cardinal George wake up! Obama is the duly elected President of all American citizens and Notre Dame will be honored if he chooses to speak at commencement.

Bill said...

Dear Carolyn, you embarrass me calling yourself a Catholic and a US citizen. Let’s address the “duly elected” statement first.

Every President from George Washington on and including George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin had to prove they met the qualifications to serve as Commander in Chief. Mr. Obama (note, not President) has steadfastly refused to release his papers as proof he is a naturalized citizen. Why is he refusing? There is only one reason in my mind. Why are there over 24 lawsuits, 3 grand juries and even the military asking to release his papers, demanding he PROVE his naturalized citizenship? The ones that are stopping any inquiry is the democratic party, as of right now, they control most things, including spending $46,000 of your income every year through your grand children’s life.

Second, you say you are a Catholic and you voted for Obama! I say you are a liar. If you voted for the most pro-abortion person in this country (yes, even more than Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Nance Pelosi, etc.), you are not a Catholic. Now, stop calling yourself one. When Jesus comes, I will get in line with the Pope and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, I’m afraid Obama and his supporters will be in the other line.