Vice President Pence to be Notre Dame commencement speaker

Vice President Pence to be Notre Dame commencement speaker

[A compromise: The Veep instead of the Prez? Mike should say he cannot make the event for one reason or another (such as an illness or scheduling conflict) and send The Donald in his place.]

Catholic World News – March 02, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a commencement address, and receive an honorary degree, at the University of Notre Dame in May.

In announcing that Pence would be the commencement speaker, Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, referred to the vice president as a “native son” of Indiana, who “instilled confidence on the state level” before assuming his current national post.

The invitation to Pence resolves a delicate problem for Notre Dame. The school was heavily criticized for its 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama, whose policies on life issues clashed directly with Catholic moral principles. Last December, after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, Father Jenkins remarked that the Obama speech had become “a bit of a political circus,” and he feared that an invitation to Trump would cause even greater uproar.

Six incumbent US presidents have been commencement speakers at Notre Dame. Pence will be the first vice president to fill that role.

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7 comments on “Vice President Pence to be Notre Dame commencement speaker

  1. The school was heavily criticized for its 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama, whose policies on life issues clashed directly with Catholic moral principles. Last December, after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, Father Jenkins remarked that the Obama speech had become “a bit of a political circus,” and he feared that an invitation to Trump would cause even greater uproar.

    If I remember correctly Jenkins had no problem and was quite giddy about inviting the pro-abortion Marxist Alinskyite in 2009 …

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    … while having no problem having pro-life Catholics who were peacefully protesting arrested and removed from the campus.

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    Now, due to cowardice, among other things, Jenkins and ND will not invite President Trump to be the commencement speaker.

    Jenkins, like so many other liberals and modernists in what was once Catholic higher education, is a disgrace.



  2. Another Jedi Mind Trick

  3. Vice President Pence to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address

    Kevin Angell By Julia McKeon and Kevin Angell :: March 2, 2017

    Notre Dame breaks unofficial tradition, announces Vice President Pence as 2017 Commencement Speaker

    Today, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at Notre Dame’s 2017 commencement ceremony, where he will also be awarded an honorary degree. Before being elected, Vice President Pence served as the governor of Indiana and a U.S. Representative.

    Since entering politics, Pence has repeatedly emphasized the role that his faith plays in his action. At the 2016 Republican Convention, Pence described himself, saying, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” As Indiana governor in March 2016, he signed legislation that banned selective abortion based on the baby’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex” as well as the baby’s genetic disabilities. When he did so, he released a statement saying “I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers, and families.” In January 2017, Pence became the first vice president to speak at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C, where he declared that, “we will not grow wearied, we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in America for ourselves and our posterity.”

    In the university’s official announcement, Jenkins wrote, “It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen.” The statement continued, “With his own brand of reserved dignity, Mike Pence instilled confidence on the state level then, and on the world stage now. We are proud to welcome him to represent the new administration.”

    The announcement of Pence as a commencement speaker ends months of uncertainty regarding who would deliver the commencement address. For many years, Notre Dame has had an unofficial tradition of hosting newly-elected presidents at commencement and awarding them with honorary degrees. This tradition caused great controversy in 2009 with the invitation of President Barack Obama, whom many argued should not have been invited due to his pro-choice stance on abortion which runs in clear opposition to Church teaching.

    The Rover reached out to several organizations and individuals for their reaction. While conservative groups supported Pence speaking, they expressed mixed opinions regarding Notre Dame not inviting President Trump. The College Democrats, on the other hand, disagreed with the university’s decision.

    Notre Dame College Republicans focused on their support for Pence, saying that they “are very proud to have Notre Dame host Vice President Mike Pence as this year’s commencement speaker. Vice President Pence has a proven track record of Conservative principles and has staunchly defended Christian values during his time in public office.” Overall, they “are excited for him to return [to Notre Dame] as the Vice President of the United States to deliver the keynote speech at this year’s commencement ceremony.” College Republicans President Pat Crane added, “He is a wonderful man, a dutiful husband, a fantastic father, a role model of public and community service, a stalwart conservative, and most importantly a man of God. Vice President Pence, then Governor, was gracious enough to come to campus to meet with NDCRs last year, and we’re proud of his accomplishments and successes in driving our nation towards recovery after the failed Obama era.”

    Notre Dame Young Americans for Freedom echoed support for Pence, but said they “are very disappointed in Fr. Jenkins’ decision to cave to protest and disrupt the university’s unique and prestigious 64-year tradition.” They continued, saying “Jenkins had no problem overcoming the contradictory values of former President Obama, and he paid no mind to those who protested his invitation to commencement. We also find it incredibly hard to believe that Jenkins would have invited Senator Kaine over Hillary Clinton had the Democrats won the election, despite her similar lack of Catholic values that those who protested President Trump claimed he lacked.”

    College Democrats of Notre Dame, however, reacted critically to the announcement, saying,

    “We are profoundly disappointed that Fr. Jenkins has selected Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker. The Vice President has a long record of discrimination and intolerance, and he has no business sharing the stage with the graduating class of 2017.”

    Father Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., Professor of History, responded to the invitation saying, “I am very glad that Notre Dame will honor Vice President Mike Pence at its upcoming commencement ceremony. He is clearly a man of integrity and decency. I regret that the tepid Notre Dame announcement did not focus more attention on his deep pro-life commitments which were so evidently on display at the March for Life this year. Also, his willingness to defend the religious freedom of institutions like Notre Dame surely should have been noted with gratitude. Whatever particular political disagreements one might have with the Vice President, he is surely a worthy choice for our Catholic university. I trust he will give a thoughtful address to the benefit of the graduates and their families.” [Editor’s Note: Fr. Miscamble is a faculty advisor to the Irish Rover.]

    We Stand For reacted with strong criticism to Vice President’s invitation, saying, in part, “simply put, we are disappointed, dismayed, and dissatisfied with this decision. University President Fr. John Jenkins praised Pence’s “quiet earnestness, moral conviction and…dedication to the common good,” but his record makes clear that he is more dedicated to discrimination and exclusion than to the well-being of Americans.”

    William Dempsey, president of the Sycamore Trust, found “inviting the Vice President simply highlights the bypassing of the President.” He continued, “had Father Jenkins conceded honoring Obama was a mistake and scrapped the tradition, honoring Pence would be fitting. Instead, he has insisted he would “do it again” for Obama but will not for Trump. The impression of hypocrisy is unavoidable.”

  4. Notre Dame Breaks Tradition, Won’t Invite President Trump to Commencement

    by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • March 7, 2017

    Catholic school caves to liberal protests

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Breaking a 56-year-old tradition, the University of Notre Dame will not be inviting President Donald Trump to give the commencement speech this year. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence has agreed to give the address — a move sure to anger liberals.

    The decision comes after student protests by liberal activists, as well as a university-wide petition. On February 28, about 30 people attended a rally sponsored by the College Democrats, Diversity Council and We Stand For protesting Trump. At the time, Jenkins had not yet decided whether he would invite Trump to speak.

    Since Trump’s election in November, Democrats across the nation have been protesting against the new president, sometimes resulting in violence and destruction of property. On March 4 a Trump supporter — an elderly man — was pepper sprayed by protesters on the campus of UC-Berkeley. Other protesters at the same event were arrested for assault and were found to have pipes, baseball bats and 2×4 boards used to beat people.

    Although Notre Dame students haven’t exhibited violence, a strong anti-Trump sentiment pervades campus, backed by liberal faculty who have publicly denounced the administration as “racist, sexist, elitist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”

    Beginning with President Dwight Eisenhower in 1960, six U.S. presidents have given the keynote speech at the commencement ceremony at the prestigious Catholic university. Trump, for the first time since the start of this tradition, will not be one of them. Pence will be the first U.S. vice president to address graduates — an event that is itself controversial, given his strongly pro-life, pro-family policies.

    While it is customary for the university to invite sitting presidents for the ceremony, Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, expressed hesitation in December over the possibility of inviting Trump.

    Jenkins commented, “I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person on the campus — whoever they are, whatever their views.”

    He added, “At the same time, the 2009 commencement was a bit of a political circus, and I think I’m conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents — and I don’t want to make the focus something else.”

    He was referring to the time President Obama gave the keynote speech in 2009, garnering massive protest and criticism — some of it from the bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, John D’Arcy, himself, who refused to attend owing to Obama’s “long-stated unwillingness to hold human life as sacred.”

    It was this event, in fact, that caused Church Militant’s Michael Voris to change the organization’s perspective — from strictly catechetical shows or shows that focused on troubles outside the Church to an examination of problems within the Church that could have led America’s premier Catholic university honor the most radically pro-abortion, pro-homosexual president in the history of the nation, while arresting faithful, pro-life Catholics for their witness on campus.

    Jenkins recent, however, praised Vice President Pence, a man whom liberal progressives consider to be just as bad as Trump.

    “It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” he commented. “With his own brand of reserved dignity, Mike Pence instilled confidence on the state level then, and on the world stage now. We are proud to welcome him to represent the new administration.”

    While thousands of people protested Obama’s presence at Notre Dame in 2009, it’s quite possible that protest crowds for the 2017 commencement may surpass them.

  5. Some liberal students and faculty will need to be medicated and escorted in straitjackets to padded rooms and safe spaces as they erupt in hysteria over Pence’s evangelical views on marriage. How can Pence deliver a speech without microaggressions or triggers for the progressive PC types at Notre Dame?

  6. Notre Dame will convert the gym into a safe space , with Jenkins handing out diaper pins to indicate who is safe. There is no debating that this school is a disgrace and is run by cowardly imbeciles ! Trump should speak, not Pence, even though Pence is a good man ,but if the idiots invited the pro abort Obama, they should have the guts to invite Trump, who is pro life.

  7. That fruitcake modernist project from the Land O’Lakes conference agenda pretty much destroyed and finished off many of the older Catholic colleges and universities. Future church historians puzzling over what happened to the Catholic Church in the U.S. after Vatican II will need to investigate the circumstances of Father Hesburgh coming under the Stockholm Syndrome control of the Rockefeller Foundation in an anti-Catholic conspiracy to secularize and de-Catholicize Catholic colleges and universities in order to soften up Catholics for birth control and population control with the deceptive ruse that they were achieving Ivy League status and prestige by hiring non-Catholic faculty and eliminating courses on traditional Catholic teachings. This is what happened, however much Vichy neo-Catholics and progressive modernist fruitcakes try to justify and rationalize the demolition and wreckovation. It was long the goal of the Alta Vendita, the Illuminati, and the anti-Catholic secret societies to destroy the Jesuits and Catholic universities in order to dismantle the Catholic Church. Having a PC liberal homo in charge of Notre Dame is just the tip of the iceberg.

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