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ND Students and Alumni Respond

May 4, 2009

Before showing you what students and alumni say, here is a link 
to an article about Mary Ann Glendon’s decision to decline receiving the award from NDU. The author provides a detailed look at the history leading up to her decision. He presents facts that you may not be aware of, and that may help you appreciate the high value of Ambassador Glendon’s decision.

I learned about the article from an e-newsletter sent by the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri. You might want to go to their Web site and sign up for their monthly mailing. It almost always contains information that is beneficial to people all across our country, not just that one diocese. You might even pick up some great ideas that you can get started in your own city/diocese!


Student Responses.
Below is a video from students at Notre Dame University. First, here is the text introducing the video:

In defense of the unborn, we wish to express our deepest opposition to Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.s invitation of President Barack Obama to be the University of Notre Dames principal commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary degree. Our objection is not a matter of political partisanship, but of President Obamas hostility to the Catholic Churchs teachings on the sanctity of human life at its earliest stages. Further, the Universitys decision runs counter to the policy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops against honoring pro-choice politicians. We cannot sit by idly while the University honors someone who believes that an entire class of human beings is undeserving of the most basic of all legal rights, the right to live. For more info:

(You can also view the video at

Thanks to Catholic Exchange for posting the video in their “CE Video Spotlight” so that more people become aware of the video.

For information about what other students are doing, see


Alumi Responses.
While at the YouTube site to get the url for the video above, I noticed another video. Its title is “ND Alumnus’ Response To 2009 Notre Dame Commencement Scandal- Obama Honored as Principle Speaker” and it appears to be a compilation of quotes from various people. The quotes are not necessarily from alumni, but the video that presents them is posted by someone who identifies himself as “charlesND95”. Here is the text that introduces the video:

Turning a shameful decision into a teachable moment.

Join the Notre Dame students in praying the rosary daily during their 40-day Rosary campaign for the conversion of President Obama’s heart, beginning Wednesday, April 8, exactly 40 days before commencement.

The students aim to have one million Rosaries prayed before then.

(You can also view the video at

To read the quotes fully, you’ll probably need to click the pause button frequently as you go through the video.

For information about what other alumni are doing, see

And please don’t miss reading this letter from a member of the Class of 1999:

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 9, 2009 4:36 pm

    Thank you for including my video in your May 4th article, “ND Students and Alumni Respond”.
    Yes, I am a graduate of Notre Dame (doctorate degree in Materials Science Engineering, class of 1995). Notre Dame’s Catholic Identity was the primary reason I chose to attend ND over other graduate schools. As a proud ND alumnus, I am deeply troubled that Notre Dame’s current leadership is breaking with the very same Catholic Identity that brought me to study at this (once) acclaimed Catholic institution.
    Please note that most of the content in my video comes from this excellent article in National Review:

    Thanks and God Bless,

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