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I've posted several times on the issue of (my alma mater) Notre Dame's decision to honor Barack Obama and invite him to be the principal speaker at this year's commencement. Bishop John D'Arcy, whose diocese is home to the Fighting Irish, stated several weeks ago that he would not go to the graduation which would have been his 25th as bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
In the meantime, the uproar has been loud in Catholic circles and many protests are planned. CNS reports that D'Arcy issued another statement on Good Friday:
"I urge all Catholics and others of good will to stay away from unseemly and unhelpful demonstrations against our nation's president or Notre Dame or (Holy Cross) Father John I. Jenkins," president of the university, he said in the April 10 statement. "The Notre Dame community is well-equipped to supervise and support discussions and prayer within their own campus."The Anchoress (Elizabeth Scalia) has a piece at PajamasMedia titled, "See How These Christians Shove One Another":
"I had a positive meeting this week with Father Jenkins, and I expect further dialogue will continue," Bishop D'Arcy continued.
"These are days of prayer and hope when we should turn to the risen Christ for light and wisdom," he said. "Let us all work toward a peaceful graduation experience for the class of 2009 at our beloved Notre Dame."
(see CNS for the complete report)
At Easter we reacquaint ourselves with wonder, humility, and supernaturalism; perhaps some political introspection would serve us well, too. Have we Christians, meaning well, made idols of our ideologies and put our heads above God’s? Are we so engaged in “process” that — by our manner and actions — we repel rather than attract those who, but for us, might be Christ’s?It's a good companion to the D'Arcy statement and has implications for people of faith regarding any number of issues in the news today.
There's a wisdom in Bishop D'Arcy's words and actions that deserves our attention.