Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Newspaper Ad Defends Notre Dame
by Steven Ertelt
May 14, 2009
South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) — Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, the fake pro-life group that misled millions of Catholic voters about then-candidate Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record, is at it again. This time, the Obama apologists are running ads in the South Bend newspaper thanking Notre Dame for inviting Obama to graduation.
Notre Dame has received national opposition for its decision to allow Obama to give the commencement address and award him with an honorary degree.
But the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which supports Obama despite his pro-abortion policies that are at odds with Catholic pro-life teaching, is happy.
The full-page ad in the South Bend Tribune this Saturday is titled Catholic Leaders and Theologians Welcome President Obama
to Notre Dame" yet it features the signatures of just a couple of dozen people.
Most of the signatories are Catholics who earned the ire of pro-life advocates for violating their supposed pro-life views by endorsing Obama. They include Nicholas Cafardi, Douglas Kmiec, and a plethora of college professors.
Only two priests signed the letter and no representatives of any pro-life groups nor any Catholic bishops, nor any priests not associated with colleges or universities are signatories to the open letter.
The statement appearing in the ads says that, "As Catholics committed to civil dialogue, we are proud that President Barack Obama will give the " commencement address.
"Catholic teaching warns about the threats to human dignity posed by abortion" and other political issues.
The Catholic ivory tower elite suggest that Notre Dame was not wrong to honor pro-life presidents who may have disagree with the Catholic Church on other political issues, and the "standard should apply for President Obama."
The statement says nothing of the 2004 document the nation’s Catholic bishop almost unanimously approved asking Catholic universities to not honor or give a platform to pro-abortion politicians.
It also says nothing about statements from current or past Popes confirming that the pro-life perspective is the most important political and human rights issue trumping all others.
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