.- Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Michigan has joined the growing number of Catholic bishops and laity speaking out against Notre Dameâs invitation to President Obama. Bishop Sample called the university's decision to honor Obama is "unconscionable" and "completely out of step with the Catholic Churchâs teaching."
On Tuesday Bishop Sample joined an increasing number of bishops denouncing Notre Dameâs speaking invitation and bestowal of an honorary degree to President Obama. A petition asking the university's president Fr. John Jenkins to put an end to the scandal had nearly 250,000 signers on Tuesday afternoon.
In his statement, Sample said that Obamaâs "campaign rhetoric" and the "actions he has taken since becoming president" have made it clear that he intends to fuel the Culture War and continue the "destruction of innocent human life."
Bishop Sample cited Obamaâs "Mexico City Policy" executive order, approval of funding embryonic stem cell research, and "his pledge to sing into law a resurrected Freedom of Choice Act."
Given Obamaâs record, Bishop Sample said it was "unconscionable" that a Catholic university would honor someone who is "so completely out of step with the Catholic Churchâs teaching" on the protection of "human life in its most vulnerable forms, even if that individual holds the highest office in the land."
Bishop Sample also said he has personally written Fr. John Jenkins and asked him to withdraw the invitation.
He concluded his letter by saying that it "saddens [him] beyond words that the great university name after Our Lady" would honor a politician "who would seek to expand threats to such innocent human life."