On May 17, 2009, pro-abortion/pro-infanticide President Barack Obama gave the commencement address at Notre Dame University and received an honorary doctor of laws degree upon the invitation of its president, Fr. John Jenkins (pictured right with Obama at the event).

I thought at the time the incident held historical significance for our movement. As I’ve written previously, I’m not even Catholic but was quite upset, writing about the story extensively and spending 2 days there covering it.

History is bearing out the enablers are suffering consequences. A couple weeks ago it was reported private donations to ND fell by $120 million in the year following Obama’s visit. And today came this news, from the Associated Press:

In an upset, NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected president Tuesday of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, defeating a vice president who had been widely expected to win the job.

It is the first time since the 1960s that a sitting vice president was on the ballot for president and lost. It follows protests by some conservative Catholics against the vice president, Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas….

Bishop Kicanas has not denied Communion to any Catholic politicians and rejected calls to punish the president of the University of Notre Dame for honoring President Obama, who supports abortion rights. Bishop Kicanas instead urged bishops and Catholic university presidents to start a discussion about their differences.

Partly because of Bishop Kicanas’ approach, he was pilloried in the days leading up to the vote by right-wing Catholic bloggers, who urged readers to send protest faxes and leave messages for bishops at the hotel where they are meeting….

Very good. No justice no peace.

Photo above via the AP shows Bishop Kevin Vann, Robert Vasa (according to several emails received) left, congratulating Archbishop Dolan, right. I also see pro-life USCCB stalwart Richard Doerflinger in the left background.

Thomas Peters added at LifeSiteNews.com:

Kicanas parted way with dozens upon dozens of his brother bishops who issued statements opposing the invitation. Instead, he chose to play semantics (much like how Notre Dame President Fr. Jenkins chose to respond to criticisms of the University’s move).

Earlier this year, Bishop Kicanas went a step farther: he invited Notre Dame into his diocese to designate three of his diocesan schools as Notre Dame feeders, the first in the country, representing a “significant deepening of the Notre Dame relationship with the Diocese of Tucson.” While the rest of the country has punished Notre Dame’s bottom line since they honored President Obama (to the tune of $120 million in withheld donations), Bishop Kicanas has doubled-down in his support of the institution.

[HT: Jim Finnegan]

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