Mary Ann Glendon Declines Award From Notre Dame

I wrote before about President Obama appearing at Notre Dame and receiving an honorary degree. My thoughts are still the same in regards to this matter.

Now Mary Ann Glendon is declining Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal. I like this paragraph by her, sums things up nicely:

“First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops’ express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles” and that such persons “should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution’s freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.”

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