May 13th, 2009
05:06 PM ET

Bishop to skip Notre Dame graduation over Obama's views

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The Catholic bishop of South Bend, Indiana, will not attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Notre Dame because he disagrees with the stem-cell research and abortion views of the commencement speaker - President Obama.

Bishop John D'Arcy, whose diocese includes Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as the university town, said Tuesday in a written statement that "after much prayer" he has decided not to attend the ceremony.

"President Obama has recently reaffirmed, and has now placed in public policy, his long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred," D'Arcy said. "While claiming to separate politics from science, he has in fact separated science from ethics and has brought the American government, for the first time in history, into supporting direct destruction of innocent human life."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Adam

    You can't please everyone, but I would agree with the bishop in saying that President Obama continues to verge off the path set by the candidate Obama. Being raised Catholic is one of the biggest reasons Obama never had me from a values aspect.

    May 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  2. James in TN

    Who cares..No. 1 Obama has Law degree from harvard. I don't think he's too dang worried about an honorable mention degree.

    May 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  3. Niki Arrighi

    So be it!

    May 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  4. Terry, TX

    Good for the Bishop...

    May 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  5. Cindy

    This is a big brouhaha over nothing. I am sure in the whole time Notre Dame has held lectures and these ceremonies that not everyone held the schools views. Get over it and move on. There are WAY more important things that we can be talking about and worrying over. This is not one of them.


    May 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm |