John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis weighs in rather forcefully with a letter to Notre Dame's President on the University's decision to honor President Obama:
I have just learned that you, as President of the University of Notre Dame, have invited President Barack Obama to be the graduation commencement speaker at the University's exercises on May 17, 2009. I was also informed that you will confer on the president an honorary doctor of laws degree, one of the highest honors bestowed by your institution.
I write to protest this egregious decision on your part. President Obama has been a pro-abortion legislator. He has indicated, especially since he took office, his deliberate disregard of the unborn by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research, by promoting the FOCA agenda and by his open support for gay rights throughout this country.
It is a travesty that the University of Notre Dame, considered by many to be a Catholic University, should give its public support to such an anti-Catholic politician.
I hope that you are able to reconsider this decision. If not, please do not expect me to support your University in the future.
The Archbishop is not a man to mince words. And that's something that local Catholics should be very grateful for.
UPDATE-- It hasn't been widely reported, but I understand the Archbishop also added a post-script:
"How 'bout them Beavers?"