I was chatting with a very insightful friend today who stuck this bug in my ear…
Has anyone read the statutes and charter of the University of Notre Dame?
Is there anything in those statutes and the charter which might shed light on their recent decisions?
I’m just askin’
(e) The essential character of the University as a Catholic institution of higher learning shall at all times be maintained, it being the stated intention and desire of the present Fellows of the University that the University shall retain in perpetuity its identity as such an institution.
Everyone is focused on the question of whether the University is fulfilling their charter by inviting President Obama.
Okay… but look at this from the other side.
Look at it from President Obama’s point of view.
By virtue of agreeing to appear in at a place… isn’t that a way of agreeing with what the University stands for?
Wasn’t there a dust up when someone, for example, appeared at … what was it… Bob Jones University? Wasn’t there a dust up? "How dare X appear at Bob Jones University? That means X supports what the University stands for!"
The Catholic Church has settled the question about abortion. The University embraces Catholic doctrine on abortion. Pres. Obama is agreeing to go to Notre Dame….
The White House had to know there would be a dust-up. So… they chose to take this on, right?
Perhaps people should start congratulating President Obama for embracing Catholic theology on abortion…