Laetare Award

Just so I can demonstrate some balance, I’m going to lob something President Jenkins’ way over his statement of finding another worthy recipient.

It’s a bad idea.

He, or his committee, or whoever, have already decided Mary Ann Glendon is the best recipient. I agree. Her name should stay on the plaque or tree or whatever, the award noted, and medal not received, and the acceptance talk not given. Then just move on. He’s already given the political pro-lifers plenty to crow about and laugh at. If I were on his Laetare board, I would counsel wait till next year for the next recipient. Suggestion: Stephen Colbert.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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6 Responses to Laetare Award

  1. JC says:

    Yep, that would be just up Notre Dame’s alley, giving the laetare award to a crude, pro-contraception, overgrown eighth grader like Colbert.

    I ask you again: do you consider Fr. Euteneuer and Judie Brown “political pro-lifers”?

  2. Todd says:

    Judie Brown, yes. She fronts an organization that claims to be educational, yet ALL lobbies, advocates boycotts, and generally swims in the political sea.

    As for Father Thomas Euteneuer, his HLI web page today features three political efforts, piling on the ND situation, and supporting a pope and a Brazilian bishop who were under fire.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong about being political. By definition it simply means the science/discipline/art of interpersonal dynamics.

  3. Anne says:

    Too bad that she won’t be present to receive her award but I think she should remain the choice of the committee. Make the announcement at commencement. Mail her the darn plaque and let her decide what to do with it. Move on.

  4. Well, they are not giving out the award this year; instead, they are having a former winner give a bit of a speech!

  5. Judge John T. Noonan Jr., the 1984 recipient of the Laetare Medal, has accepted an invitation to deliver an address in the spirit of the award at Notre Dame’s 164th University Commencement Ceremony on May 17. His speech will be in lieu of awarding the medal this year.

  6. JC says:

    But you use “political pro-lifers” in a context that suggests putting Republican politics first, then talk about the measures of those who are specifically anti-Republican pro-lifers.

    “She fronts an organization that claims to be educational, yet ALL lobbies, advocates boycotts, and generally swims in the political sea.”
    And is one of the only organizations that fights contraception as much as abortion. And actually ALL started a PAC a few years ago in order to legally lobby. But ALL is *not* in bed with the GOP, like the NRLC, and that is specifically why it was founded.

    “As for Father Thomas Euteneuer, his HLI web page today features three political efforts, piling on the ND situation, and supporting a pope and a Brazilian bishop who were under fire.”
    By your definitino, those are “political.” By my definition, those are religious. He’s concerned about the identity of a university that claims to be Catholic yet teaches heresy; he’s supporting the Pope (gee, how “political” is that! A catholic who supports the Pope!) And supporting an Archbishop who merely enforced canon law ! Wow! What an ideologue!

    ALL and HLI do a lot of great work to actually stop abortion and contraception, far more than the GOP or the government or certainly any liberal group.

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