The Orlando Diocese, where Thomas G. Wenski is bishop, has announced a Mass of reparation for "the many shortcomings and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in our world," specifically for Notre Dame's decision to honor pro-abortion President Obama at commencement. The Mass is taking place at the Cathedral of St. James on May 3, 2009.
In a column on the Orlando Diocese website, Bishop Wenski writes, "Notre-Dame (at least in its Administration and Board) has forgotten what it means to be Catholic. Last year, in Washington, D.C., Pope Benedict XVI addressed Catholic educators, including university presidents," wrote the bishop. "He said 'to justify positions that contradict the faith and teaching of the Church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission. Father Jenkins, Notre-Dame's president, must have nodded off during the Pope's speech," he concluded.
Still, the whole mess is cause for minor depression. Though the church was better attended than usual for a 6 p.m. service, there were still some empty seats. The number of Catholics who are deeply disturbed by Notre Dame's treachery are probably quite few.
The Bishop's column at the Diocesan website.
[Update: Amy Welborn at Beliefnet has linked to this pitiful post. If I'd known she was going to do it, I'd have gone into way more detail. Hell, I'd make stuff up. I hope a couple of you will take the trouble to leave enough comments to outnumber the idiots who seem to enjoy plaguing her. I know she's tough and all but a woman who's just lost her husband shouldn't be bothered by anyone for at least a year. You know, just shutup for a while.]