Skip to comments.Two models of hope (Notre Dame chooses Obama’s over its namesake’s)
Posted on 05/18/2009 2:48:09 PM PDT by markomalley
Last September, Pope Benedict XVI visited the original Grotto in Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette. During his visit, Pope Benedict spoke about the Wests need to recover the Marian model of hope: that salvation comes not through obedience to mans will but through humble obedience to Gods.
The modern world has largely chosen the man-centered model of hope over Marys, and this choice, as the grim and unfolding chapters of recent history illustrate, has delivered not salvation but despair. The ideology that promises mans perfection through the domination of relativized science, technology, and politicswhat one might call the false self-sufficiency of secularismhas led once-Christian countries into dystopias of one kind or another, nations so bereft of real hope that they abort thousands upon thousands of their own children.
On May 17, in a sports arena not far from a replica of that original Grotto in Lourdes, Barack Obama received an honorary degree from Notre Damea moment of hollow good cheer in which a university founded in Our Ladys honor extolled an American president not for habitually hoping in Gods promises but in his own. Father John Jenkins, Notre Dames president, hailed Obamas audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow.
As the first acts of his administration demonstratepaying for abortions at home and abroad, rescinding the Bush-era conscience clause for pro-life doctors and nurses, authorizing the over-the-counter sale of abortifacients to teens, placing gay-marriage proponents and aggressive secularists in powerful positionsthis audacious hope rests not on Gods immutable will but on Obamas willful rejection of it: that killing unborn children is a right, that redesigning marriage and sexuality according to fluctuating human taste and desire is enlightened, and that reason is not the product of Gods mind but mans.
Behind all the buzzwords and honeyed phrases in Obamas speech to Notre Dames graduates lay an essentially man-centered, not Marian, model of hope. His advice to them contained an insidiously deceptive bow to religion even as he advanced unproven secularist claims that render God irrelevant to public life:
This is a jumble of half-truths and lies.
First of all, it is not beyond our capacity to know the intentions of God; he has written them on our hearts and promulgated them through our minds. It is certain, not doubtful, that killing unborn children and the elderly is unjust. It is certain, not doubtful, that man is made for heterosexuality, not homosexuality. It is certain, not doubtful, that God exists and man owes him piety. What is doubtful, indeed destructive, is Obamas glib notion that a civilized democracy is attainable without these truths.
Notice that Obamas straw-man secularism defines all of faith, including its preambles, as willfulness while cordoning off his own willful rejections of reality from rational scrutiny. To what universal truth, for example, does he appeal when describing abortion and same-sex civil unions as rights? There isnt one; his claim springs from his own denial of the self-evident realities that make any moral reasoning possible.
And herein lies the fatal sectarianism, or to use his phrase, the parochial principles of secularism in this time and place.
A country that gives Obamas skepticism and relativism a privileged and honored place in public life while treating the existence of God and the natural moral law as mere opinions and uncertainties has stripped away the grounds for hope. And it is only the reconciliation of reason and revelation, which was once the mission of Notre Dame, that can restore them.
Man, as a dependent creature who comes from God and culminates in him, cannot save himself from death nor his society from disintegration. By honoring Obamas audacious hope, Notre Dame has put its faith in princes and forgotten the model of hope that its namesake preeminently embodies.
And we need, more importantly, we need to pray for courageous bishops. Regardless of whether they are these men or their successors, we need to pray for courageous shepherds. Particularly when being authentically Catholic ain't cool.
I think God can handle this all by Himself. We’ll see how God handles it. My personal opinion is that He is going to curse that school. Harsh - maybe, but God chastises His children. Sad for those there that did not want to be a part of this. So, we shall see. I wouldn’t want to be that school for all the tea in China.
God is not mocked.
Fr. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame University, sits on the board of directors of Millennium Promise, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty in Africa that promotes contraceptives and abortion, it has been revealed.
Fr. Jenkins' involvement on the board of the Millennium Promise was first reported by the Drew Mariani Show and PewSitter.com.
Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic education watchdog organization, responded to the news of Fr. Jenkins' involvement in Millennium Promise, saying in an interview with LSN, "One has to wonder what Fr. Jenkins' opinion is of the Church's teaching on contraception."
Millennium Promise's mission is to enact the eight so-called Millennium Development Goals by 2015. However, the Millennium Development Goals have been widely promoted by pro-contraception and pro-abortion organizations, such as Millennium Promise, as including the goal of increasing access to contraception and abortion globally.
A Millennium Villages handbook explains that "family planning and contraception services are critical to allow women to choose family size and birth spacing, to combat sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection, and contribute to the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality."
It continues to explain that, "Services include: (1) Counseling; (2) Male and female condoms; (3) Pharmacologic contraceptives including oral, transdermal, intramuscular, and implanted methods; and (4) IUDs."
The handbook continues with an encouragement for "safe" abortion: "In countries where abortion is legal, safe abortion services in controlled settings by skilled practitioners should be established."
http://is.gd/B78Z (page 92).
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
*8”safe” abortion: “In countries where abortion is legal, safe abortion services in controlled settings by skilled practitioners should be established.” **
Huh? Not for the aborted fetus — or even the couple commiting the grave sin of any aobrtion.
Before the maiden voyage of the HMS Titanic on April 12, 1912, some bright bulb made the statement ‘Neither God nor man could sink this ship’. Where’s the Titanic now.
I think “Fr” Jenkins is GAY.....why else would he do this crapola.
Like I said, “God is not mocked.” Not that I think God is spiteful but man can be sooo cocky. I never like to be so cocky or boastful of things.
Father Jenkins is a Preist—of the Obama religion.
Good graph to remember. Shall we send it to Obama? LOL! <sarcasm off
Notre Dame = Our Lady
Perhaps a newborn Christ wouldn’t have fared so well if he’d been born into Obama’s utopian dream, where no woman need be punished with an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy.
Although, facetiously, one could compare King Herod’s and Obama’s positions on “live birth infanticide.”
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