BREAKING NEWS: Another Notre Dame Scandal!
Our investigative team just reported this...
The University of Notre Dame has invited Dr. Thomas Quinn--who facilitates family planning and condom distribution projects at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health--to deliver a commencement address next month.
Moreover, Quinn will be honored as Notre Dame's Distinguished Alumnus for 2012, apparently in violation of the U.S. bishops' ban on such honors...
...and just when our bishops are fighting the Obama administration to preserve Catholic universities' right to uphold Catholic teaching on contraceptives!
We've been shining the light on commencement scandals for years now, and I'd like to give you a preview of what we found this year. (See below.)
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The Cardinal Newman Society reported last month that Saint Joseph College in Connecticut is bestowing an honorary degree on its pro-abortion rights, pro-same sex "marriage" governor.
And after we reported that Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu will speak and be honored at Gonzaga University's commencement--despite his support for abortion rights--alumni started a petition that has gained national media attention!
Look, this is bad...but Catholics are taking a stand, the number of commencement scandals at Catholic colleges declined from 24 in 2006 to 14 last year.
The Cardinal Newman Society has been shining the light on Catholic colleges since 1993! Please help us continue this important and successful work. (Donate here.)
Because there are growing signs of renewal in the Church...
...such as Bishop Robert McManus' demand that Anna Maria College withdraw the invitation to its first choice for commencement speaker.
Bishop McManus said he wanted to "send out a clarion call to our Catholic colleges about refocusing on their Catholic identity and mission."
That's the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society, to bring Catholic universities back to their mooring in the Faith. And CNS has work to do!
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Because every day we're finding new commencement scandals such as these, which will be included in our special report next week:
On May 12, a Catholic university will present an honorary degree to a governor who supports abortion rights and same-sex "marriage."
Another Catholic university will present a politician who supports same-sex "marriage" on May 18, then honor a Congresswoman who advocates abortion rights on May 19.
On May 20, a Catholic university will honor a businessman who opposed California's Prop. 8 and lectured the U.S. bishops in support of women's ordination.
But as I said, the number of commencement scandals at Catholic colleges has declined since 2006, and we hope to see another decline this year.
That's a testament to the effectiveness of The Cardinal Newman Society, with the prayers and generous support of faithful members.
There are hundreds of thousands of us who support our bishops and the struggle to defend the Catholic faith on Catholic college and university campuses!
In 2009, more than 367,000 people signed The Cardinal Newman Society's petition supporting the 83 bishops who opposed Notre Dame's honor to President Barack Obama.
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The dissidents on Catholic campuses know their hold on Catholic education is slipping.
As evidenced by The Cardinal Newman Society's reports, the bishops and the lay faithful are watching and expecting fidelity from their Catholic colleges.
Nothing less than the highest standards of Catholic identity will do.
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Sincerely yours in Christ,
Patrick J. Reilly