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April 21, 2009

Father Jenkins' Continued Descent Into Madness

Notre Dame Prez Father John Jenkins seems to have lost all touch with reality, at least if his latest comments about the impending visit of Dear Leader to address the university's 2009 commencement audience are any indication: 

"We are very proud and honored to welcome the first African-American President of the United States in a few weeks as our commencement speaker. . . . This is a tremendous event for us.  We're tremendously proud. . . . President Obama clearly could have chosen any university in the country to give a commencement address, and they would have been just delighted to have him, but he's coming to Notre Dame, and we're exceptionally proud."

The hubris at work here is simply breathtaking. The fact that, to date, nearly 50 U.S. Bishops have publically denounced his decision to invite a notorious pro-abortion politician to address the graduates and receive an honorary doctorate from the university seems not to have fazed him in the least. And the fact that over 325,000 other Catholics have signed a petition denouncing his actions seems lost on him.

He doesn't seem to realize that, with each new self-congratulatory utterance he makes about this debacle — e.g., "To welcome the first African-American president will be . . . gratifying for all of us" — he only confirms the suspicions of scores of bishops and hundreds of thousands of other Catholics; namely, that he is incompetent and clearly the wrong man for the high position he's been entrusted with. His ability to polarize and antagonize is stupendous.

It's no wonder that the "replace Father Jenkins" train is swiftly gathering momemtum.

Anyway, pop some Tums if you want to read the latest twist in this tortured Notre Dame saga. And let's not forget to pray, pray, pray for this man. Let's remember him in our Mass intentions and pray the rosary for him.


Wikipedia, of All Things, Finally Destroys the Culture of Death!

This is so absurd. And funny. And irritating. 

Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson Named New Archbishop of St. Louis

The wonderful, long-anticipated news is breaking this morning. And I am particularly happy about Archbishop-elect Carlson's elevation to the See of St. Louis because he has been a long-time member of the episcopal advisory board of Envoy Magazine, the Catholic journal I publish. 

Check out this early info available at the St. Louis Catholic blog. Here's a snippet:

The Holy See announced today that the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, MI, has been chosen to succeed Archbishop Raymond L. Burke as Archbishop of Saint Louis.

His Excellency until recently had not been mentioned on the usual lists of rumored candidates for the vacant See. Archbishop Carlson's name began to be discussed in earnest after the appointment of Bishop Stika to the See at Knoxville, TN.

Archbishop Carlson, who will turn 65 in June, has been Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, MI since 2005. Before that he served as Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD for about ten years, and prior to that was Auxiliary Bishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

His Excellency's episcopal motto is "Ante crucem nihil defensionis," or "Before the cross there is no defense."