From a reader…. what I am assuming is the text prepared by the University of Notre Dame for bestowing an the honor of a doctorate of law on President Obama.
"At the 164th Commencement The May Exercises
The University of Notre Dame Confers the degree of
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the 44th president of the United States, whose historic election opened a new era of hope in a country long divided by its history of slavery and racism. A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world stage a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good. Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow.
On Barack H. Obama, Washington, District of Columbia"
If this is the text…. if this is in fact the text…
It was pretty clear that the original intention of Fr. Jenkins and the University of Notre Dame was to pander to the new power merchants in Washington. They wanted to bask in the President’s light.
Note the phrase "willingness to engage with those who disagree with him".
This is one of the main talking points of the left. They are framing this in terms of "engagement" and "dialogue". However, the University has gone far beyond engagement.
Furthermore, quidquid recipitur… what is received is received in the manner of the one receiving it.
The gnothonic justifications of the University aside, the President has his own reason for accepting the honor Notre Dame is crawling to bestow. The President’s reason is not to "engage" the Church but to divide and undermine.