He came to wish the graduates a bon voyage as they commence their life after formal education. He left them with a message that bastardizes everything the Catholic Church stands for. In the process, he attempted to paint the pro-life and pro-choice positions as moral equivalents and a mere "political" disagreement.
The mainstream media picked up the ball and ran with it:
"Obama calls for understanding in Notre Dame speech" The Associated Press
"Most Catholics support Obama's speech at Notre Dame" USA Today
"Obama's Notre Dame speech is right on target" Kansas City Star
"President calls for 'open hearts, open minds'..." The Washington Post
"Obama Calls for a Dialogue on Abortion" New York Times
No where in any of these articles does the subject come up to really underscore the issue: President Barack Obama fully supports the killing of unborn human beings.
Make no bones about it, he has supported it, he has championed it, he encourages the funding of it. He is the very first President of the United States to actively support abortion. He is the only President of the United States to support partial-birth abortion.
I keep coming back to something in the Constitution. Call me trivial, but here's the Preamble:
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility [emphasis mine], provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Does trying to equate pro-life and pro-choice as moral equivalents "...insure domestic tranquility..."? Does supporting abortion "...promote the general welfare.."? Does the support of partial-birth abortion "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity?"
President Barack Obama has indicated his willingness to "renege" on his oath of office by his actions and words. The University of Notre Dame has indicated its support of his actions by having him speak at their 2009 Commencement proceedings. I guess Notre Dame has found its hero.
I know I will never, ever support ANYTHING that Notre Dame does again. I am a Christian, born and raised as a Catholic, and still believe what I was taught, oh, so many years ago. To Hell with political correctness!
Much has been made of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, and it's apparent dismissal of U.S. Catholic bishops' disapproval of Notre Dame’s award of an honorary doctorate of law to President Obama. There is an interesting piece at National Review Online that suggests that the Vatican newspaper should NOT be taken as stating the official position of the Vatican. Read it here.