Notre Dame President Fr. Jenkins Responds to Criticism
From the Notre Dame Observer:
Jenkins made it clear in an interview with The Observer Sunday the University does not “foresee circumstances” that would cause Notre Dame to rescind the president’s invitation. “We have invited the president and he’s honored us by accepting,” he said.
Jenkins made clear the University is not honoring the president for his stances on these issues, but for his leadership.
“The invitation of President Obama to be our Commencement speaker should in no way be taken as condoning or endorsing his positions on specific issues regarding the protection of life, such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research,” Jenkins said.
These “crucial differences” in positions on the protection of life are not being ignored in extending the invitation to the president, Jenkins said, but rather can be used as a catalyst for dialogue. (Read the entire article here.)
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