UPDATE, 2:20p: CBNNews.com’s David Brody has posted the White House’s response to the news fellow award recipient Mary Ann Glendon will be a no-show at Notre Dame’s commencement because of Obama:

President Obama is disappointed by former Ambassador Mary Glendon’s decision, but he looks forward to delivering an inclusive and respectful speech at the Notre Dame graduation, a school with a rich history of fostering the exchange of ideas. While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.

[HT: American Papist]
UPDATE, 9:57a: From David Brody at CBNNews.com:

You know the famous saying, “Houston. We have a problem.” Well, how about a new slogan: “Notre Dame. We have a problem.” The speech by pro-choice President Obama at the Catholic Notre Dame has caused all sorts of trouble.

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It now turns out that Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican [pictured right with Pope Benedict in February 2008], will NOT speak at the Notre dame Graduation because of the controversy.
The pro-life, Harvard professor was set to receive the Laetare Medal which is the annual award given in recognition of outstanding service to the Roman Catholic church and society. She was to speak to the students on the same day as President Obama. But President Obama’s appearance was just too much. She just posted the following letter to the university here.

[HT: Arina and Kristina; photo courtesy of Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper ]
Thumbnail image for breaking.jpgEmail from Joe Carter at First Things:

Mary Ann Glendon has declined the Laetare Medal, the annual award from Notre Dame, which she was to receive this spring at the university’s graduation ceremonies.
At 9:30 this morning, April 27, 2009, Mary Ann Glendon faxed to the university’s president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and published online at First Things a letter explaining her decision to refuse the medal.
Mary Ann Glendon is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A member of the editorial and advisory board of First Things, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican from 2007 to 2009.

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