Glendon declines Notre Dame award, will not attend scandalous Obama commencement

glendon“It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.”

Editor’s note: Way to go – Mary Ann!

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Books by Mary Ann Glendon:

Abortion and Divorce in Western Law: American …by Mary Ann Glendon218 pages
A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the …by Mary Ann Glendon370 pages
The Transformation of Family Law: State Law …by Mary Ann Glendon340 pages
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Why, in the Bible, does it seem as though God killed more people than Satan?


Q: Why, in the Bible, does it seem as though God killed more people than Satan?

A: When man fell from grace, he became an unwitting slave to Satan, sin, and death.

At the same time, a technical state of war existed on earth between Satan’s minions and God.

Why is it so surprising then, to observe Satan losing … and losing big … whenever he opposed God?

A thorough study of scripture will show that Satan held the power of death over mankind, and that Satan had no problem sending huge numbers of men to their deaths, with no compunction at all.

Fortunately, the decrepit situation was only temporary … until Jesus … the Prince of Peace … could come … destroy Satan’s evil dominion … and reconcile sinful mankind with God.

Now, the order of the day is mercy, according to God’s abundant grace … even though we still don’t really deserve it.

ND President Jenkins: “We Are Tremendously Proud” to Honor Obama at Notre Dame


By Kathleen Gilbert

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, April 21, 2009 ( – University of Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins heaped fuel on the fire yesterday by gushing that President Obama’s highly controversial platform at the school’s commencement would be a “tremendous event” for Notre Dame.

“We are very proud and honored to welcome the first African-American President of the United States in a few weeks as our commencement speaker,” said Fr. Jenkins at a town hall meeting celebrating 60 years of black student-athletes at Notre Dame, according to the South Bend Tribune.  Obama will also be receiving an honorary law degree from the school during the May 17 commencement exercises. 

The audience received Jenkins’ remarks with cheers.

“This is a tremendous event for us.  We’re tremendously proud,” said the Notre Dame president.  “President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he’s coming to Notre Dame, and we’re exceptionally proud.”

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St. Peregrine Devotions and presentation “Dignity at the End of Life” May 6th at 7PM, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westmont, Illinois


St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those with cancer and other chronic diseases.

On Wednesday May 6th, at 7 PM, celebrating the Feast of St. PeregrineHoly Trinity Catholic Parish in Westmont, IL will conduct their regular monthly St. Peregrine devotions, followed immediately by a special presentation:

“Dignity at the End of Life” with Bill Beckman and Colleen Alexander. 

Mr. Beckman is from the Illinois Right to Life Committee, and Ms. Alexander is a hospice nurse. A reception will follow.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church is located at 111 South Cass Avenue, Westmont, Illinois 60559 (about two blocks south of the Burlington tracks).

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Illinois Right To Life Website

End of Life Issues

More about St. Peregrine

Prayer To St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty”, the “The Wonder Worker” because of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those who have turned to you in their need.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being.

You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no more, and you were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His cross to heal your affliction.

I now ask God to heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:

(Here mention their names)

Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude to God for His great goodness and mercy.


Archbishop Hughes avoids Xavier commencement over pro-abortion speaker


.- Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred Hughes, reiterating his “disappointment” with Xavier University of Louisiana, has said that he will not attend the school’s commencement exercises, saying pro-abortion rights strategist Donna Brazile’s appearance as its spring 2009 commencement speaker contradicts support for those “in their mother’s wombs.” Archbishop Hughes expressed his objections in an April 22 letter to Dr. Norman C. Francis, President of Xavier University, writing:

“It is with regret that I make the decision not to participate in the Commencement Exercises this year at Xavier University in light of the university’s decision to invite Ms. Donna Brazile to be the Commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. Ms. Brazile has a public record in support of keeping abortion legal.”

He cited the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) 2004 document “Catholics in Political Life,” which said Catholic institutions “should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

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Catholicism is not a collection of prohibitions. It is a positive option. – Benedict XVI


“Christianity, Catholicism, is not a collection of prohibitions,” the Pope said. “It is a positive option.

It is very important that we look at it again because this idea has almost completely disappeared today.

We have heard so much about what is not allowed that now it is time to say: we have a positive idea to offer.”  – Pope Benedict XVI

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A “Culture of Life” is not a matter of religion … it’s a matter of survival … and fundamental human rights


Pro-Life Commencement
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Over a million children per grade level throughout the nation would have been with us had they not been killed by abortion. Priests for Life asks, therefore, that each graduation ceremony and liturgy include a remembrance of those who would have been graduating had they not been aborted. This could in some way, make reparation for the scandal of Catholic institutions, such as Notre Dame, inviting and honoring pro-abortion public figures.

Remembrance of the missing children can take the form of a moment of silence, a lit candle, an empty chair, a cap and diploma resting by themselves, or a brief prayer. Symbolic actions can be accompanied by words like these:

“On this day of joy, we give thanks to God for our accomplishments. At the same time, we cannot ignore those whose lives have been lost, and who otherwise would have been with us to share the joys of this day.

With charity toward all and condemnation toward none, we, the Class of 2009, wish to honor and remember those who have lost their lives because they were aborted. (We pause now for a moment of silence… Or We now light this candle in their memory… Or We set aside these empty chairs in their memory.)

As we move into a new chapter of our lives, we commit ourselves to building a Culture of Life, in which parents never have to feel that the only way to solve their problems is to abort their child, and in which the precious dignity of every human life, especially the most defenseless, is cherished and protected. We invite you all to join us in striving for this goal.”

Suppose that a tragedy took the lives of some of the graduating class just days or weeks before graduation. Would there not be a mention or a tribute at the ceremony? Why, then, should the victims who died longer ago be forgotten? It is not, after all, the timing of the death that matters, but the value of the life.

It’s graduation time again. I’ll be praying for all graduates at all different grade levels. It is my fervent hope that students everywhere will take the initiative to remember aborted classmates.

Some, of course, will object to inserting such a “negative” theme into a happy day. But are significant moments in our lives supposed to be insulated from all awareness of injustice? Are we to rejoice with those who rejoice, but not weep with those who weep?

To be willing to face sadness when the victims were born, but unwilling to do so when the victims died before birth, is another sign of the deep-rooted prejudice against the unborn in our society. But a new generation of young people who have survived that prejudice are now taking their places and preparing to be the future leaders. That gives us hope. Isn’t that what Graduation Day is all about?

Please, do something. How can we explain it if we forget or ignore these children?