I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that being both a student and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame has allowed me. It has opened doors for me and connected me with individuals that I would not have initially expected.
For many years Notre Dame had been synonymous with success, with being first. However, a recent incident has allowed Notre Dame to slip from being seen as the best Catholic university in America. Notre Dame has now become synonymous with being second. People around the country are questioning its catholicity. I do not blame them, for even as an Alumni the recent news of President Obama‘s speaking engagement at the University has me questioning the mission of my Alma Mater.
It is this reason that I cannot donate money to the University’s Annual Fund this year. By allowing President Obama, a Preident whose legacy is yet to be determined, to not only speak but to also receive an honorary degree from the University only sends a very mixed message to not only Catholics but also to those faiths who look to Catholicism for its inspiration and guidance and also to the country as a whole.
Despite the truly Catholic experience I received at the University, I cannot out of good conscience, as I am bound with my Catholicism to follow my conscience, donate money to the Annual Fund as long as the University keeps sending mixed messages to the public. Here are just a few reasons why the mixed message of President Obama speaking at my University goes against my conscience:
• He if a stern supporter of the homosexual lifestyle and marriages.
• He supports sex education by Planned Parenthood to children as young as 5 years old.
• He has a voting record that consistently supports abortion.
• He believes in using tax payers money to fund abortion.
• In July of 2006, he voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
• In March 2005, he voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Sex education starting at age 5 and contraceptives, which act as abortifacients.)
• As demonstrated on his campaign trails, he views children as a punishment for someone who gets accidentally pregnant.
I know there are more issues than abortion that one must look at when voting and considering a politician, but when considering one who is so obviously anti-family and anti-life, the alumni and student body is being forced to swallow a difficult pill.
I apologize to the students who might have benefited from my donation. I would rather send my money to an institution who has leaders that are not interested in misleading and confusing the masses of a country.
I end with the words from a Jesuit President at the local Jesuit High School in my area when he heard about Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama: “What, are they trying to become a Jesuit School? They are just trying to become a Jesuit school.”
Class of 2008
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
From the Article:
Some teens in rural America are now self-inducing abortions withintended to abort livestock, reports one of the nation's oldest and most influential pro-life organizations.
"What kind of world have we created for these girls that they'repoison and risking death in these modern-day back-alley abortions, rather than bear their child in love," asked Judie Brown, president of the American Life League.
And if this Guy was only allowed to get married then maybe he would not have been arrested on Sexual Obsenity charges while on the job at a New Orleans area high school
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Examination of Conscience for Teens
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I heard Notre Dame's Glee Club preform last night at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans. Very impressive. Very good. One of the songs was by Felix Mendelssohn called "Drinking Song". It was a quote from Goethe. The quote that Felix set to song is below.
As long as a man is sober, he finds bad things to his liking; when he has been drinking, then he knows what's right. But overindulgence is only a glass away; Hafiz, do teach me how you understand the matter. For my opinion is no exaggeration: a man who can't drink shouldn't fall in love. But you drinkers shouldn't boast of this; a man who can't fall in love shouldn't drink.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Well, now you can find out for yourself from Academic Earth. Academic Earth also has lectures and entire courses from other not so fancy schmancy classes available for your viewing pleasure.
Here is the link to professor Christine Hayes' Old Testament Class. Personally, from the description of the lectures it sounds like literary criticism masked as scientific evidence. Though, some of the lectures do look interesting, and I'm sure something can be learned that was not already known.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
His article is worth the read. His article is titled "Jesuit Obedience and the Legionaries of Christ". The same article can be viewed at Catholic Exchange also. I know from my experience with LC/RC, as I did much with them in college for it was really the only place I could go to get any kind of Catholic formation that was not based on feelings and sharing, that he makes very valid points and sound observations. I will say that the RC/LC retreats that I went on were some of the best retreats I have ever attended thus far. The LC priest had a way of giving spirituality, prayer, and Catholicism a masculine appeal in a manner that was not against the world but for the world and for Christ. I often heard it said by this LC priest in my area that (and I do paraphrase here) we should be doing all things for Christ and for the love of Christ. No matter how big or small -- like St. Therese the Little Flower.
Since getting this little bit of spiritual advice that I have probably hear 100 time from parish priests but for whatever reason never stuck till this LC priest said it, I often find myself saying the phrase "For the Love of Christ" when I am faced with something I do not feel like or want to do. It certainly puts things back into perspective.
From the entry:
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Sunday, March 01, 2009
From the Article:
On the "Saturday Night Live" season debut last week, homeschooling families were portrayed as fundamentalists with bad haircuts who fear biology. Actor Matt Damon recently disparaged Sarah Palin by referring to a transparently fake email that claimed she believed that dinosaurs were Satan's lizards. And according to prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins, traditional religious belief is "dangerously irrational." From Hollywood to the academy, nonbelievers are convinced that a decline in traditional religious belief would lead to a smarter, more scientifically literate and even more civilized populace.
The reality is that the New Atheist campaign, by discouraging religion, won't create a new group of intelligent, skeptical, enlightened beings. Far from it: It might actually encourage new levels of mass superstition. And that's not a conclusion to take on faith -- it's what the empirical data tell us.