Notre Dame Pays Price for Obama’s Visit

by Steve Ray on November 9, 2010

After honoring President Barack Obama during last May’s commencement ceremonies, the University of Notre Dame has seen less contributions and is feeling financial heat.

In May 2009, debate was heated over the fact that Notre Dame, a Catholic university, invited President Obama to speak at its graduation. It was controversial mainly because some of Obama’s policies are contrary to church doctrine. Katie Walker of American Life League (ALL) tells OneNewsNow the school has paid a price.

“Notre Dame has come out $120 million short for the fiscal year in which President Obama spoke during commencement and received an honorary law degree,” she reports.

She believes that staggering number is in direct response of alumni and others around the country who feel scandalized “that Notre Dame would host this man and give one of the most pro-abortion presidents in the nation’s history an honorary law degree.”

The pro-lifer points out that Obama “is a man whose philosophy of the law and philosophy of the country fundamentally is one that denies that all human beings deserve human rights,” so she wonders, “Is this a man [one] that ‘Our Lady’s’ university should be honoring and upholding and putting on a pedestal for her graduates?”

Walker feels the drop in funding should send a loud message to Notre Dame, which means “Our Lady.”

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Peggy Cortez November 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

This would be wonderful if it could be verified. I am sure those in harmony with Obama’s visit will attribute the 120 million to our economic times and will be quick to compare this year’s finances with past years of shortage.
I sure do hope that those who would have otherwise contributed sent letters of explication in lieu of their donations so that the ND administration will acknowledge the connection.
I, personally, know of a family that did not send their son to Notre Dame due to the University’s choice to have Obama speak. The son was accepted and had dreamed of going to ND for years – indeed he prepared throughout his schooling with ND as his collegiate goal.
The son and the parents were in complete agreement (if not heartbroken) in their decision.
Unfortunately I know more students, alum and prospective students who rationalized the visit and did not even protest the the speech.
This is not a very positive comment and I apologize for that. i guess I may be getting a bit cynical in my old age.
I truly hope that I am mistaken and that Notre Dame recognizes the direct correlation.

Brother Ed November 11, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Excellent! It is about time that the chickens come home to roost on this issue.

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