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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 03, 2008

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will be the commencement speaker at Notre Dame this year. The choice is interesting in view of the tension between Notre Dame President John Jenkins, C.S.C., and Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop John D'Arcy, regarding Notre Dame's sponsorship of the V Monologues again this year -- sponsorship that D'Arcy deplored in no uncertain terms.

"I believe that the performing of this play ... is in direct opposition to both the spirit and letter of Ex Corde Ecclesiae," D'Arcy wrote, "Also, because it depicts and endorses sinful sexual acts in direct opposition to church teaching, I believe its performance to be pornographic and spiritually harmful."

It's bad PR when the local ordinary addresses a Catholic university in these words. What better antidote than propping up a tame and genial cardinal on the commencement dais, and what tamer or more genial cardinal than the retired Archbishop of Washington?

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2008 9:00 AM ET USA

    Attending the Notre Dame graduation will also involve enduring Martin Sheen's receipt of the Laetare Award, ND's highest honor.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2008 2:27 PM ET USA

    McCarrick "tame"? Who are you and what have you done with Diogenes?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2008 9:29 AM ET USA

    I expect to attend the graduation of a fourth ND grandchild this year. Previous speakers were memorable. For this one, I plan to step outside. Enough said.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2008 1:54 PM ET USA

    No surprise here. This is the same Cardinal McCarrick who had an hour and a half meeting with Sen. Kerry wen he was running for President of the United States and Kerry - known for his aiding and abetting abortion by legislating it's lawful pursuit - continued to receive Communion after the meeting. Me thinks McCarrick either has little ability to persuade or chooses to not make clear the Church's absolute teachings that abortion is a mortal sin. The Abbess Ann, O.I.D.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2008 9:10 AM ET USA

    Clerical tames are just as devastating to the Church and vocations as the scandals are perhaps more. Clerical tames are unable to name and confront evil. They are just too "nice."

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2008 2:33 AM ET USA

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