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A Highly Respected Leader Speaks About NDU

May 8, 2009

Here is the introduction to the following video sponsored by the Cardinal Newman Society:

Fr. John Corapi thanks signers to the petition at and urges Catholics to continue the fight for Catholic campuses. For more information on this scandal and to sign the petition visit

You can also see the video at

The Cardinal Newman Society’s site
 says this about the video released yesterday:

Fr. Corapi Launches Prayer Campaign
for University of Notre Dame
on National Day of Prayer

Starting on the National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2009, Rev. John Corapi, S.O.L.T. and The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) are leading a national prayer campaign for Catholic higher education and an end to the scandal caused by the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor pro-abortion President Barack Obama at commencement on May 17, 2009.

“The Cardinal Newman Society’s work to renew Catholic higher education has been ongoing for 16 years,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of CNS. “We encourage prayers from Catholics across the nation that the energy of protest will be directed to the larger task of reform and renewal of Catholic higher education.”

Fr. Corapi is sending his video message calling for prayer around the Internet. It is available online HERE.

Fr. John Corapi thanks the signers to the petition, who now number nearly 355,000. Fr. Corapi also urges Catholics to continue the fight for the renewal of Catholic campuses across the country.

In the video, Fr. Corapi says: “Authentic Catholic identity needs to be restored in our Catholic universities and other institutions of learning. If it is restored our nation will be restored. If it is not restored, we will have much to answer for in the moral unraveling of a great nation.”

“The Catholic Church and its educational institutions must return to a position of strong and uncompromising moral leadership, integrity and credibility. If we stand for nothing, we begin to fall for everything.”

“If we chose prestige over principles and popularity over morality then we become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

“Pray for the University of Notre Dame, its president, its board of directors, and its students.”

I first received the news about this video in an email from the Cardinal Newman Society, sponsors of the petition at Here is the text of that message:

Notre Dame ora pro nobis!

May 7, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As May 17 approches, it is now almost certain that the University of Notre Dame will violate the Bishops’ clear prohibition against honoring pro-abortion leaders at Catholic institutions – ignoring the pleas of nearly 70 Catholic bishops and more than 350,000 of you!

So what are we to do? Right now, as Bishop Wenski, of Orlando said in his Mass of reparation, “I am not going to send upset Catholics to storm Notre Dame with pitchforks, I am going to tell them to pray.” In that same spirit let us pray for the graduating seniors, Notre Dame and the renewal of faithful Catholic higher education in our country.

If you are near South Bend, graduates of Notre Dame who oppose the commencement honor have invited others to join them in adoration, Mass and prayer at Notre Dame’s Campus. For details please visit their website:

With gratitude for your witness of the Catholic faith, Fr. John Corapi has taped the following message about what the scandal at Notre Dame means for our faith and the importance of not giving up the fight.

CLICK HERE for the Video Message from Fr. John Corapi

Please forward this to your friends and remember to pray for Notre Dame. For ongoing updates or if you are unable to view the video in this message please go to

In Christ,

Patrick J. Reilly
The Cardinal Newman Society

PS: Please help us in our 16 year fight to renew Catholic higher education by making a donation and becoming a member here.

As with legislation that is moving so fast, this story has too many articles about it for me to keep up with each angle and development. Here are links to Web sites by two other bloggers with more experience than I have. I don’t get to read their work as often as I’d like, but what I’ve seen in the past seems to be true to the teachings of the Church and so I am comfortable enough to recommend their Web sites to you. That doesn’t mean I always agree with what they say or how they present information or with their choices of what to cover, but they are definitely worth checking when you can.

Please be praying for all involved in this situation.

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