.- This week Notre Dame Response announced that their first official demonstration will take place on Notre Dameâs campus after the Palm Sunday Mass and will feature pro-life attorney and speaker Harold Cassidy.
In a press release, Notre Dame Response said they hope that this âprayerful and public demonstrationâ will remind the community of Notre Dameâs âCatholic characterâ and defend the ânon-negotiable principle for which Notre Dame standsâ including the recognition of the âvalue of all human life.â
Notre Dame Response noted that the event is âa responseâ to University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., who extended a commencement invitation to President Obama and also will honor him with an honorary doctor of law degree.
At the demonstration, the main speaker will be Harold Cassidy, who has worked on the New Jersey Bioethics Commission. Cassidyâs bio includes notable recognition in the pro-life community as a defender of life by acting as the Chief Counsel in the Baby M case, which struck down surrogate parenting contracts as âillegal, unenforceable, against public policy and exploitive of women.â
According to their website Notre Dame Response is also offering a nightly Rosary âfor the conversion of Barack Obama, greater respect for life, and the Catholic Identity of Our Lady's university.â
Notre Dame Response was âformed as an ad hoc, coalition consisting of various student groups at the university. Its initial statement describes the group as being committed to âacts of witness that will be characterized by respect, prayerfulness, outspoken fidelity to the Church, and true concern for the good of our Universityâ.â