Archbishop Beltran letter to Notre Dame regarding Barack Obama
April 2, 2009
Reverend John I. Jenkins, CSC, President
University of Notre Dame
300 Main Building
South Bend, Indiana 46556
Dear Father Jenkins:
I am appalled, disappointed and scandalized! Notre Dame
University has certainly turned against the Catholic Church. I believe you have
a moral responsibility to withdraw the invitation to President Barack Obama to
be your commencement speaker in May. I also ask that you refrain from giving him
any award whatsoever.
President Obama has publicly and ruthlessly affronted the Catholic Church of
America during the short time of his presidency. His single-handed actions have
totally reversed decades of successes of the Church in the prolife cause.
Needless to say, he deserves no honor or recognition from Notre Dame or any
other Catholic institution.
Please have the courage to take this extraordinary stand in view of the
extraordinary scandal you have generated.
May Our Lord and Savior and Giver of Life bless you during this penitential
season of Lent.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Eusebius J. Beltran
Archbishop of Oklahoma City
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