I don’t want to turn my blog into all “Notre Dame scandal all the time”, it is just stories keep coming out that I want to write about.
When I first saw Fr. Thomas Reese’s defense of Notre Dame’s decision, I figured it was just about par for the course. So far it has only been Catholics and Catholic groups who in the past have been fuzzy or outright hostile to defending the life of the unborn who have defended the decision. That says a lot about the decision.
1. “In his personal life, Obama has never acted in defiance of the fundamental moral principle that abortion is wrong.”
Hard to know where to begin when the argument is hardly serious. Since when can you sin in your professional life as long as it isn’t part of your personnel life? This is a Clintonian divide, besides as Carl pointed out how does Fr. Reese even know this for sure? But this idea that you can vote and support an intrinsic evil in you’re professional life just as long as you don’t act on that evil in you’re private life is just not a morally sane argument. By that logic you could vote for any evil you wanted as long as you didn’t do them yourself.
3. He supports legal restrictions on third trimester abortions with a health-of-the-mother exemption.
So that explains why he voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection act and would allow infants to be killed after they were born after a botched abortion. But actually what the President had said about third trimester abortions is “I have repeatedly said that I think it’s entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother.” Notice he is only talking in terms of the state and not that he would personally want this. But the reality is that he has already appointed one pro-abortion judge and will continue to do the same. His cabinet picks and other nominees are also radically pro-abortion. So if he actually meant this he has a funny way of encouraging legislation that would actually support this.
Also contrast the reaction by so-called progressive Catholics to the Pope’s lifting the excommunication of the four SSPX bishops and the outcry over Bishop Williamson’s holocaust denial and there defense of Notre Dame. As evil and uninformed as holocaust denying is, it does not measure up to supporting murder of the innocent.