Take for example one of the ideologue-leaders in the protest movement, Patrick J. Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society. He works in consort with Fox News, and condemns main-line Catholic publications such as National Catholic Reporter and America Magazine (Reilly, "Notre Dame's Betrayal," May 2009). It is unlikely that Newman himself would have desired to be a member of the society that uses his name.
For many Catholics it is shocking to see the litmus test of acceptable morality reduced to the question of abortion, when there are so many other civic and moral issues to address in the United States today: capital punishment, social justice, peace, human rights (torturing prisoners)... to name only a few. It is even more shocking that a certain number of Catholic bishops have fallen in with the fundamentalist faction.
As a way of honoring the students at Notre Dame, who may not have enthusiastically embraced so much media attention focusing on their ceremony, which indeed, should be about their entry into the world with their diplomas-in-hand, I would like to offer two clips that seems to reconcile diverse branches of the church in music of celebration:
James Carroll, "Notre Dame's stand against Catholic Fundamentalism," Salon.com (May 17, 2009).
Daniela Ramirez, "Notre Dame Should Applaud Obama's Choice," Huffington Post (May 17, 2009).
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