Washington, D.C. (08 April 2009) – American Life League wants the University of Notre Dame removed from The Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy Directory) – the official list of Catholic institutions in the United States.
Removal from the Kenedy Directory by Bishop John D’Arcy will cut the school off from much Catholic foundation funding.
The call comes a week after American Life League went on location to interview Notre Dame’s student body after news rocked the Catholic world that pro-abortion President Barack Obama was invited to address the graduating class and receive an honorary degree from one of the nation's most identifiable Catholic universities.
While 25 bishops have condemned the school’s actions and hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful are calling for the invitation to be rescinded, the report shows a student body divided by the school’s institutionalized opposition to Catholic teaching and their desire to restore Catholicism to Our Lady’s University.
“We found a tragic attitude at the University of Notre Dame – apathy, if not hostility, toward the faith,” said Judie Brown, president of ALL. “In the service of truth, we ask Bishop D’Arcy to acknowledge what the entire nation and Notre Dame itself already know: The university is backing away from the Catholic Church.”
“In light of Notre Dame’s past in the service of Our Lady, what is now keeping Notre Dame Catholic? Not the president who honors a man guilty of promoting an intrinsic evil; not the faculty – notoriously liberal. The hope of Notre Dame lies with the students faithful to the mission of the Church,” Brown said. “For their sake we hope and pray Notre Dame rescinds this honor to President Obama and upholds the Catholic identity that made the school one of the glories of the Catholic Church. If the university will not do this, then it should be removed from The Official Catholic Directory.”
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Life League: ALL Report: Notre Dame Turns in Their Catholic Card (07 April 2009)
American Life League: Stop Notre Dame Appearance at Notre Dame (23 March 2009)
FOX Business: ALL Condemns Obama Appearance Notre Dame (24 March 2009)
Notre Dame Scandal:
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