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Monday, April 27, 2009

A Woman in a Class of Her Own - Lady Glendon

In these days, with so many prominant pro-abort Catholics in power, this decision by Mary Ann Glendon is full of radiant light, principle and nobility. 

Today is a good day to be Catholic. 

How tawdry and cheep Fr. Jenkins comes off by seeking to use this woman. How distinquished and dignified Mary Ann Glendon is to reject what she has rightly seen as essentially a trinket of thanks for the curtesy of being used. What an insult to Lady Glendon. 

Who will Fr. Jenkins seek to give the award to now? Who would possibly want to step into that role now, to be the after thought award receiver who gets to eat a meal prepared for someone else?

What is really astonishing is the statement released by the Obama administration:

“President Obama is disappointed by former Ambassador Mary Glendon’s decision, but he looks forward to delivering an inclusive and respectful speech at the Notre Dame graduation, a school with a rich history of fostering the exchange of ideas. While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”
The White House gets it wrong and vainly tries to score points with the "inclusive and respectful" comment. 

They get it wrong becuase ND isn't inviting Obama to "an exchange of ideas" or a "debate" - this is a commencement and an honorary degree. This is about celebrating the achievement of the graduates and meant to be a moment of unity before launching out from the harbor of university life. They have spent the last four years "exchanging ideas" and "debating" now is the moment of summing up with meaning and ideals. 

The words "inclusive and respectful" are not too subtle jabs at the Catholic community (Lady Glendon included) who are protesting. The White House wants to suggest that at the heart of these protests is an intolerance, a non-inclusiveness and a disregard for basic ideas of respect of differing views. (Isn't this what is wrong with Christianity in a civil society?)

However, the essence of the scandal over Notre Dame's award, honor and platform to Obama is that Obama is the one who is intolerant, non-inclusive and disrespectful; he doesn't respect life, he doesn't include the unborn among that most important category of membership - the human family - that deserves basic protection under the law, and his administration will not tolerate men and women who under their moral or religious conscience refuse to participate in the intentional killing of another human being - no! they will be forced to participate in abortions. 

Obama's speech will not be inclusive, because he will not speak to the unborn that will be aborted that day because of his policies. He will not make a statement that will result in the end of abortion in our country or end the exporting of abortion abroad. No. 

Obama does not respect those lives, nor does Fr. Jenkins. His speech will be non-inclusive of pre-born babies. 

But Lady Glendon does. 

And perhaps a baby who was scheduled for abortion will survive that day to live and will look back on this day and realize that Lady Glendon was speaking through her rejection of this "highest" of Notre Dame awards and recognize that Lady Glendon was speaking today for all of mankind - even those excluded by President Obama. 

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