Thomas Reese points out that when it comes to inviting pro-choice speakers and giving them honors, archbishops get the leeway for the call, and universities don’t:
This is absurd. If Cardinal Edward Egan of New York can invite Obama to speak at the Al Smith dinner in October of 2008 when he was only a presidential candidate, then there is certainly nothing wrong with Notre Dame having the president speak at a commencement.
The political wing of the pro-life movement has gone on tilt. Another strategic effort from the Republican playbook courtesy of 54,000 signatories. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say that the petitions were faked by pro-choice folks intent on discrediting the pro-life movement. But that would be silly, given the sabotage delivered by the True Believers to their own efforts. I’m getting discouraged. Should I e-mail Archbishop Chaput now?