This letter was sent to Father Jenkins on Friday, March 20, 2009, following the announcement that President Barack Obama has been invited to give this year’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame.
Dear Father Jenkins:
As an alumnus of Notre Dame Law School, I am deeply offended that you would invite President Barack Obama to speak at Commencement this year.
In his first days of office, Mr. Obama has chosen as his first federal court nominee a pro-abortion Indiana judge who has struck down Indiana’s parental notification law seven times; reversed the Mexico City policy that prevented U.S. funding of pro-abortion groups internationally; lifted federal restrictions on stem cell research of human embryos; announced that he intends to reverse conscience clause protections for medical care workers; and named Kathleen Sibelius, who is so pro-abortion that she had to be publicly warned by her bishop, Archbishop Naumann, not to present herself for communion, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, to oversee all of these measures.
This is the person whom you feel is worthy to address the students and faculty of Notre Dame, in the shadow of Our Lady atop the Golden Dome, with the spires of the Basilica in the background? Father Sorin must be wringing his hands in heaven, that his successor would approve this disgrace. Shame on Notre Dame for choosing to scandalize the faithful who continue to support the Catholic identity and mission of the University.
Very truly yours,
William B. Newton, Esq.