.- The Cardinal Newman Society has announced that it has begun sending âSpiritual Bouquet Certificatesâ of hundreds of thousands of prayers to the 83 bishops who publicly opposed the University of Notre Dameâs commencement invitation to President Barack Obama.
The âbouquetsâ consists of hundreds of thousands of prayers, primarily from people who had signed the Cardinal Newman Societyâs (CNS) petition opposing the invitation. They include over 116,000 Mass intentions, 74,900 Divine Mercy chaplets, 146,000 Rosaries and 28,000 Days of Fasting. Certificates for the bouquet read âOn behalf of the members and staff of The Cardinal Newman Society and the more than 367,000 faithful who signed the petition at NotreDameScandal.com, this spiritual bouquet is made on the twenty-ninth day of May Anno Domini Nostri Jesu Christi two thousand and nine in grateful appreciation to the Churchâs shepherds who prayerfully provided witness for a strong Catholic identity on Catholic campuses.â
Priests reportedly offered 2,272 Masses for the bishops.
A CNS press release said the prayers were offered in thanksgiving for the bishopsâ âinspiring witness to the importance of Catholic Identity.â The society had requested the prayers on Ascension Thursday, May 21 and sent them to the bishops on Friday, May 29 before Pentecost Sunday.
âOur bishops deserve our support and prayers for their defense of Catholic identity, and as the battle for the soul of Catholic campuses continues, the bishops will need them more than ever,â remarked CNS president Patrick J. Reilly.