mary-ann-glendon-daylifecomHow wonderful to be able to report good news!  Two updates to Churchmouse Campanologist posts follow:

  • On March 26, I reported that the University of Notre Dame (ND) had chosen Mary Ann Glendon (pictured) as their 2009 Laetare Medal recipient.  Yesterday, a number of Catholic news sites, among them Catholic Online, reported that Ambassador Glendon has now declined the honour.  The Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University said that since she found out that the University planned to use her pro-life views as an opposing ‘talking point’ to the pro-choice perspectives of President Obama, she has also decided not to speak at Commencement.  In a letter to ND’s President, The Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., she stated: ‘A commencement … is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.’  You can read the full text of the letter here.  ND has issued a press release saying they will find a replacement recipient.  Meanwhile, a pro-life coalition of ND alumni have announced they are withholding $8.2m in donations to the University in protest of President Obama’s upcoming Commencement appearance and honorary Doctor of Law degree. The group said the donations will be withheld until Father Jenkins is replaced as University president.
  • In other news, artist Michael D’Antuono, creator of ‘The Truth’, an acrylic painting of Obama as a quasi-crucified Christ, will not now unveil the artwork in Manhattan’s Union Square on April 29, 2009.  D’Antuono told NRO‘s Mark Hemingway: ‘Apparently, I’ve upset a lot of people. And I’ve decided that’s not what I wanted to do and I’m not going to display it in the park on Wednesday … art is meant to be somewhat provocative but the religious element went way farther than I had anticipated.’  The artist has left open the possibility of exhibiting the painting in a gallery at some point in future.

Great news all around.  It pays to highlight situations such as these which clearly go against the truth of Christ.  Let’s keep speaking out and raising awareness.  Don’t let people take you for a lazy Christian who will just roll over, which is just what secularists and sensationalists expect:  ‘They’re too nice to do anything.’  No, those days are over. 

The Anglican Book of Common Prayer encourages us to be part of ‘the Church militant* here on Earth’.  Onwards and upwards! 

MEGAUPDATEAmbassador Glendon was Obama’s law professor at Harvard.  

* ‘Militant’ in this sense carries the original, antiquated meaning of ‘stirring’ or ‘alive’.