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    President Obama at Notre Dame protest

    Keyes, priest arrested at Notre Dame protest
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Republican presidential hopeful Alan Keyes, a Roman Catholic priest and 19 others were arrested Friday after marching onto the University of Notre Dame campus to protest President Barack Obama's planned commencement speech.
    The arrests marked the third straight Friday that protesters have been detained. They are angry about the school's decision to give Obama, who supports abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research, an honorary degree and have him speak at Sunday's commencement.
    IMO a handful of Catholics and non-Catholics on the far-right are attempting embarrass the President and one of our nation's most outstanding universities. As a Catholic, I find this shameful and embarrassing.

    Catholics have always shown a mature understanding of the world outside the church. We strive to bring about change by being a living example to others. We protest (for lack of better word) in a thoughtful and respectful way. These people are not examples of the Catholic faith--they are over-politicized misrepresentation of the faith.

    Durning the Iraq invasion, we did not stand on street corners calling Bush a 'baby kiler'. We prayed for the soldiers safe return and reached out to families in our community who had family members serving the country. And Priests would offer spiritual guidance to young people conflicted about their service. That's the Catholic way.

    On May 1, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry and another man were arrested on campus while pushing strollers containing dolls covered in fake blood. On May 8, Keyes and 21 others, many of them pushing strollers containing dolls covered in fake blood, were arrested.
    This is a grotesque and disturbing misrepresentation of the Catholic faith.

    Brennan Bollman, the Notre Dame Valedictorian, however, is shinning example of what the Catholic University is all about:

    I think the word "Catholic" means universal. And I think as a Catholic university, we have to engage all ideas at all levels in a very thoughtful and constructive way, which is what we're doing by inviting this speaker.

    He is someone who aligns with Catholic teaching on a number of positions -- immigration, healthcare, poverty -- all things that are very close to the Catholic social tradition that is really a big force at the university -- disagrees with catholic teaching on a number of other positions, but I think does so in a respectful way and is aware of the weightiness of these issues.

    So it is of the utmost importance that at a university we engage all of these perspectives.
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    Brennan is headed to medical school at Harvard.

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    Thank you for your honest and intelligent response to the specific Breaking News item in the OP.

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    Re: President Obama at Notre Dame protest

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Keyes, priest arrested at Notre Dame protest


    IMO a handful of Catholics and non-Catholics on the far-right are attempting embarrass the President and one of our nation's most outstanding universities. As a Catholic, I find this shameful and embarrassing.

    Catholics have always shown a mature understanding of the world outside the church. We strive to bring about change by being a living example to others. We protest (for lack of better word) in a thoughtful and respectful way. These people are not examples of the Catholic faith--they are over-politicized misrepresentation of the faith.

    Durning the Iraq invasion, we did not stand on street corners calling Bush a 'baby kiler'. We prayed for the soldiers safe return and reached out to families in our community who had family members serving the country. And Priests would offer spiritual guidance to young people conflicted about their service. That's the Catholic way.



    This is a grotesque and disturbing misrepresentation of the Catholic faith.

    Brennan Bollman, the Notre Dame Valedictorian, however, is shinning example of what the Catholic University is all about:



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    Brennan is headed to medical school at Harvard.
    The school shouldn't have asked Obama. This is their fault. They are misrepresenting Catholicism in MHO. They seem to be sweeping under the rug what Catholic's believe in.

    People have a right to protest. Obama is going to have this happen. It happens to all President's. I have no problem with it. If there were no protests, then I'd be worried.
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    Re: President Obama at Notre Dame protest

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Keyes, priest arrested at Notre Dame protest


    IMO a handful of Catholics and non-Catholics on the far-right are attempting embarrass the President and one of our nation's most outstanding universities. As a Catholic, I find this shameful and embarrassing.

    Catholics have always shown a mature understanding of the world outside the church. We strive to bring about change by being a living example to others. We protest (for lack of better word) in a thoughtful and respectful way. These people are not examples of the Catholic faith--they are over-politicized misrepresentation of the faith.

    Durning the Iraq invasion, we did not stand on street corners calling Bush a 'baby kiler'. We prayed for the soldiers safe return and reached out to families in our community who had family members serving the country. And Priests would offer spiritual guidance to young people conflicted about their service. That's the Catholic way.



    This is a grotesque and disturbing misrepresentation of the Catholic faith.

    Brennan Bollman, the Notre Dame Valedictorian, however, is shinning example of what the Catholic University is all about:



    LINK

    Brennan is headed to medical school at Harvard.
    I really don't understand why they give out honorary degrees.

    A lot of those people haven't done anything to earn it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn Monroe View Post
    The school shouldn't have asked Obama. This is their fault. They are misrepresenting Catholicism in MHO. They seem to be sweeping under the rug what Catholic's believe in.
    His being there doesn't change what I believe.

    People have a right to protest. Obama is going to have this happen. It happens to all President's. I have no problem with it. If there were no protests, then I'd be worried.
    Respectful protests, fine. Thoughtful op-ed pieces, I'm all for it.

    But pushing a baby doll covered in face blood across the Notre Dame campus. Got to hell.

    I don't know if you are aware how incredibly difficult it is to get accepted to Notre Dame. The graduates have worked their asses off for years. Now they have the honor of having a sitting President speak at their graduation. My God, how incredible would that be!

    The Bishops have said their piece. Now let it go, and let the graduates enjoy their day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I really don't understand why they give out honorary degrees.

    A lot of those people haven't done anything to earn it.
    It's a tradition with first-year presidents.

    President Obama is receiving a honorary law degree--I think he earned it.

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    The school should not have asked him.

    Keys and his cronies should not act like liberals throwing blood on people walking out burlingtons coat factory.

    They give anyone with a brain and some dignity a bad name.

    Honorary=no practical value

    I am surprised Obama took time out of his busy day paying off his banker bosses to attend at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    It's a tradition with first-year presidents.

    President Obama is receiving a honorary law degree--I think he earned it.
    Yes. I agree with you. Obama is one of the best leaders of USA

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