Statement in Response to the University of Notre Dame honoring President Barack Obama at its May 17, 2009 Commencement Ceremony

Statement of Solidarity

In May 2009, Priests for Life invited Priests and Deacons to sign the following statement to be sent to the President of the University of Notre Dame.

In union with the dozens of bishops who have spoken out on this matter, I too voice serious concern about the decision of the University of Notre Dame to honor President Barack Obama at its May 17 Commencement. In theory, any university in America should be able to welcome with honor the President of the United States. But our current President fails in a key duty of his office to recognize and protect the most basic human right – life itself. He therefore places himself at odds not only with a fundamental aspect of our Catholic identity, but with the most fundamental demands of justice, human rights, and the stated goals of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

As an ordained member of the Catholic clergy, I recommit myself to teach and preach the full truth about the dignity of the human person at all stages of development, and to make decisions that avoid scandal or the risk of obscuring that truth.

Fr. Pavone Invited to Notre Dame Commencement by Students Holding Alternate Ceremony

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