The bishop recently appointed to head up the archdiocese of New York - one of the most influential positions in the U.S. Catholic Church - said in an interview yesterday that Notre Dame "made a big mistake" by inviting President Obama to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address at the school on May 17.
"They made a big mistake ... in an issue that is very close to the heart of Catholic world view, namely, the protection of innocent life in the womb, [Obama] has unfortunately taken a position very much at odds with the Church," Archbishop Timothy Dolan told host Charlie Sykes on the "Sunday Insight" program of Milwaukee station TMJ4.
I hate to say it, but Notre Dame won't back down. And if it did, all the students would be up in arms for the Church "spoiling" their special moment.
Universities make their money not through tuition but by grants and charitable gifts. I wonder how many alumni are less ready to donate now versus the number who are smiling broadly at the "honor" bestowed on their alma mater.