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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