.- The latest gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed âappreciation and supportâ for Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend John DâArcy, a central figure in the controversy over the University of Notre Dameâs commencement invitation to President Barack Obama.
âWe affirm his pastoral concern for Notre Dame University, his solicitude for its Catholic identity, and his loving care for all those the Lord has given him to sanctify, to teach and to shepherd,â the bishops said at the USCCBâs spring General Assembly in San Antonio.
Bishop DâArcy had boycotted the schoolâs official commencement activities, citing among other concerns President Obamaâs âlong-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred.â The bishop instead spoke at a campus pro-life rally.
He had also lamented Notre Dame President Fr. John I. Jenkinsâ failure to inform him and consult with him about the invitation to the U.S. president.
CNA contacted the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for a reaction to the bishops' support but did not receive a reply.