“Early ‘markers’ [of Obama’s record on the life issues] are not encouraging in this regard but hope needs to spring eternal and while Notre Dame may have acted way too early and too generously, I am more alarmed that the rhetoric being employed is so uncivil and venomous that it weakens the case we place before our fellow citizens, alienates young college-age students who believe the older generation is behaving like an angry child and they do not wish to be any part of that, and ill-serves the cause of life. Notre Dame has in the past and continues to give this local Church fine, professional and very Catholic women and men who both know and live out their faith. Most of them I know are ardently pro-life and like myself are probably disappointed with their alma mater. They and I will choose to convey our sadness to the Board of Trustees and Administration in a calm and dignified manner.”
— Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg.
Yes once again more alarmed at the rhetoric than a President that advances death of the innocent. Though I would agree agree that angry reactions will to little to advance the pro-life cause. Though I wonder if he would include the Cardinals and Bishops who have spoken out and with the President of the USCCB Cardinal George today calling it an “Extreme embarrassment” to Catholics?
As for him being ardently pro-life. Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo and unfortunately Bishop Lynch was her bishop. His voice was not one of those opposed and upset about this murder and in fact he called it a “family dispute.” After her death he issued a press release that didn’t even manage to spell her name right. Adding insult to injury he later allowed Michael Schiavo to get married in a diocesan parish despite the fact that he probably incurred the canonical impediment known as crimen (1983 CIC 1090 § 1) for his part in his wife’s death.
He also was rather dismissive about the effects of FOCA on Catholic hospitals and allowed a man to be charged with”criminal trespassing” for handing out pro-life flyers in the parking lot of St. Jude’s Cathedral during mass. The same bishop reduced the practice of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in local parishes and allowed the dissident group Dignity to hold Masses in the diocese.