The Laetare Medal, no thanks…

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 4:54 PM

In response to the University of Notre Dame’s decision to decorate President Obama with an honorary degree, Mary Ann Glendon will not be at the school’s commencement ceremony.

Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican & current Harvard Law Professor, is this years recipient of Notre Dames Laetare Medal. However, her hands will not be there to receive it.

According to Wikipedia, “The Laetare Medal is an annual award given by the University of Notre Dame in recognition of outstanding service to the Roman Catholic church and society. The award is given to an American Catholic ‘whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity.’ First awarded in 1883, it is the oldest and most prestigious award for American Catholics.”

Why would one honorary degree given to her President, our nation’s top leader, lead her to decline the top award in American Catholicism?

Well, she answered this question in her letter to Rev. Jenkins, ND’s President. This is her reasoning, “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 sugMary Ann Glendongest 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.”

Mary Ann Glendon did not make the choice to decline the award and opportunity to speak because ND invited Obama to speak, she refused the Laetare Medal because ND will be giving the pro-abortion President an honorary degree.

I’m glad former Ambassador Glendon is laying down her personal gain for the convictions that guide her life. Prustice.

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