Saturday, March 28, 2009
Notre Dame's side step
I haven't been biting my nails on following the Notre Dame / Obama hullabaloo, but I know enough. At first I wasn't too sure it deserved all the attention it was getting, but the more I think about a Catholic university honoring a person as opposed to young human life as Obama is, the more it bothers me. It's a regurgitation of the same trend that disturbed me in the presidential election: Christian complacency over abortion. It is very worrisome to me that it is a rare Christian who is willing to do something about abortion, let alone speak publicly against it, and it is extremely worrisome to see a Catholic institution following suit. Opposition to abortion is, after all, part of genuine Catholic identity; what other church so fervently identifies abortion as the prominent moral issue of our day? What a grand side step by Notre Dame of its moral duty to be a voice for goodness and life. Life! Such a basic idea to defend! How can it be so easy to care so little about death?