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Bishop Wenski to offer Mass of reparation for Notre Dame decision

April 20, 2009

Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando will offer a Mass of reparation in response to the University of Notre Dame’s decision to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree. “As Catholics we are aware of the many shortcomings and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in our world,” according to a diocesan notice.

That is why it is inconceivable that Notre Dame University, a Catholic institution of higher learning, should receive and honor anyone who promotes policies that are contradictory to who we are as a people of faith. As our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI stated in his visit to the U.S. last year in reference to Catholic university presidents, “to justify positions that contradict the faith and teaching of the church would obstruct or even betray the university's identity and mission.” Come and pray with Bishop Wenski for all of our transgressions against the Gospel of Life.

Bishop Wenski recently stepped down as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.


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