His Excellency Most Reverend Daniel Buechlein, Archbishop of Indianapolis, has written to Fr. Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Shame.
He is the Metropolitan of the province where the University is located.
The letter is on the archdiocesan website.
Let’s have a look with my emphases and comments.
Archbishop Buechlein responds to Notre Dame invitation to President Obama
(Editor’s note: Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein sent the following letter to Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, to express his disappointment and concern about the school’s invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at the university’s commencement on May 17.)
Dear Father Jenkins:
I join my voice to the [growing] chorus of thousands of faithful Catholics around the United States, and those of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in particular, who are appalled and embarrassed [stronger than many of the letters from bishops] by your recent invitation to President Obama to address the 2009 graduates of Notre Dame.
I was stunned and angered upon hearing the news of the invitation; in the end, I am among the thousands of good people who are profoundly saddened by it.
There isn’t a single reason that would justify [Which stresses the Catholic position that the right to life is the most fundamental right.] Catholic sponsorship of the president of our country, who is blatantly opposed to the Catholic Church’s doctrine on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research.
You dishonor the reputation of the University of Notre Dame and, in effect, abdicate your prestigious reputation among Catholic universities everywhere.
Like other people of good faith, I await some action that indicates your regret concerning a truly wrong decision. [He calls for specific action expressing regret.]
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B.
Archbishop of Indianapolis
I wonder how that would work.
The University/Fr. Jenkins says in some way "We screwed up and regret now having renewed the ‘standing invitation’ which we have always given to Presidents."
Then what happens?