Another update, a pertinent quote:
"A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions!" - Nietzsche
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Cardial Francis George, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, claims the following:
"It is clear that Notre Dame didn't understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation (to Obama)."
What does it mean to be a Catholic? Something like this?
"Archibishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of the coastal city of Recife announced that the Vatican was excommunicating the family of a local girl who had been raped and impregnated with twins by her stepfather, because they had chosen to have the girl undergo an abortion. The Church excommunicated the doctors who performed the procedure as well."
By the way, that girl was 9 years old. There you go Notre Dame. Take your theological cues from Archbishop Sobrinho.
Good Catholics should recognize that their leaders are not divinely inspired, and that they need to be closely monitored. When those leaders misspeak, act politically, or have flawed ideas, it is up to Catholics everywhere to correct them. When good Catholics don't speak out, when they just assume their leadership couldn't possibly go astray, terrible things happen.
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Obama's visit to the University of Notre Dame has riled up the endless controversy about abortion. I would like to take a moment to reiterate my own position:
As a member of the Regressive Party, I am against abortion, but for killing babies.