Monday, March 30, 2009

Bishop Olmstead Condemns Obama Invite; Seeks Late Nomination to PAE Awesomeness Awards

Bishop Olmsted hasn't gotten a lot of play here, but that's not because we don't like him. He just hasn't had any major pub to discuss.

I don't know if this counts as major pub, but I was happy to see it. He sent a letter to the President of Notre Dame that was downright scathing:

It is a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States. Our USCCB June 2004 Statement "Catholics in Political Life" states: "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." No one could not know of the public stands and actions of the president on key issues opposed to the most vulnderable human beings.

It's not Bishop Olmsted's jurisdiction, but I think that the fact that a bishop from Phoenix has commented emphasizes the national profile of ND and how such an act is apt to create scandal and/or be manipulated by the media to signal Church support for Obama's policies.

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