Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stuff, Meet Fan.

I have barely posted lately, I know, and this is not exclusive news by any stretch. Most people who read this site probably already know about it, but just in case:

Notre Dame invited President Obama to speak at this year's commencement, and he accepted.

The president, Fr. John Jenkins, defended the choice.

And now the bishop has announced he will not attend the ceremonies. As my friend and ND alum Ginna said, "Bishop D'Arcy lays the SMACK DOWN."

2 comments:

voelkerda said...

The Catholic hierarchy, in this case John D'Arcy, continues to embarrass itself and church intelligentsia with its small and narrow-minded attitudes and nothing new to say about this or any other issue. Where was the bishop when the US was boming innocent life in Iraq?

D Voelker

Andie said...

Two things:

1) Why does a person have to have something "new to say about the issue" to be relevant? If something is true or right, it does not stop being so over time. 2+2 still equals 4, as it has since the dawn of... well, everything.

2) I don't know about Bishop D'Arcy, but the bishops have had plenty to say about Iraq, specifically first imploring our leaders to avoid the whole damn thing and subsequently speaking up frequently to encourage as quick an end as possible.

I would guess the reason that gets less coverage is because the media, generally speaking, doesn't give a rat's rear end about anything the Church says or does unless it's "backwards" and can be used as an example of how silly Catholicism and its morality are.

Here are a few examples of "where the bishops were":

http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/peace/stm31903.shtml

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2007/07-128.shtml

http://ncronline.org/node/11424

http://www.paxmontani.org/php/HTML/usccb-article.htm