Report on Notre Dame Rally


ND Response Holds Rally for Thousands on Notre Dame Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2009 Media Contact: John Daly, ND Response, jdaly1@nd.edu, 502.693.5112

ND Response Holds Rally for Thousands on Notre Dame Campus Bishop D’Arcy Calls Seniors “Heroes” For Affirming University’s Catholic Identity and Pro-Life Mission. 

Notre Dame, IN – Approximately 3000 people gathered on the South Quad of the University of Notre Dame’s campus this past Sunday for a Mass, rally, and prayer vigil hosted by the student coalition ND Response. These events, which were planned in reaction to Notre Dame’s conferring of an honorary law degree to President Barack Obama at its Commencement Exercises, were intended to witness to the Catholic identity of the University and its foundationally pro-life mission.

With pro-life supporters and Notre Dame faithful traveling in from places as far away as Mexico, New York, California, and Florida to stand alongside the ND Response students on their graduation day, Sunday’s events not only provided powerful witness to the sanctity of human life but also expressed constructive disappointment at the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama, who has publicly supported abortion and embryo-destructive stem cell research during his tenure in office.

Bishop John M. D’Arcy, who skipped the University’s official graduation ceremony but attended the rally hosted by ND Response students, publicly thanked the coalition’s students for their constructive and respectful witness and called them “heroes.” Bishop D’Arcy’s words at the rally were bolstered by speeches given by a number of Notre Dame alumni, faculty, and students who challenged Notre Dame to both maintain its Catholic character and live up to the pro-life teachings of the Church.

Following Sunday’s rally, nearly 40 graduates who had decided to skip their commencement ceremony gathered in the University’s Grotto for a prayer vigil and to listen to a meditation given by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. These students were joined at this vigil by over 800 people, including their parents, siblings, and families.

The text and video of the speeches and meditations given at Sunday’s rally and prayer vigil are available on the ND Response website, www.NDResponse.com. DVDs of the event and ND Response t-shirts will be made available shortly.

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One thought on “Report on Notre Dame Rally

  1. Dearest Editor in Chief Mistake Vian,

    Regarding your statement that Pres. Obama in the U.S. is not a pro-abortion president:
    It is an odd and silly statement really to be made by an educated man. But it is a disturbing and damaging statement since you are a Catholic leader.
    What else is Pres. Obama but pro-abortion and pro-death and anti-sacramental marriage? Literally In his state of Indianna he came against our Catholic Candidate Allan Keyes and Mr. Keyes is very pro-life!
    Pres. Obama proved in Indiana that he is for babies that are born alive from a ‘botched abortion’ to be left to die. Have you heard of Jill Stanek? Gianna Jesson? What about what Pres. Obama said of these women? He actually accused Miss Jesson of lying about being aborted and living through it…so she printed her birth certificate and invited him to review it. (This is something he has yet to do for the many people who have asked for his birth certificate and school records showing his nationality.)
    I am a Cathlic mom with 5 kids. I wonder how many babies are aborted by Catholic girls who do not comphrehend that abortion is the dismemberment of a child.
    A favorite priest of mine said the reason adults cannot make decisions with adult and mature insight is because they do not have well formed concsciences. How do you form your conscience and make an opinion?
    Is it scriptural to say that what a person says is what he is? Does the Holy Word of Christ say to determine a person’s heart you listen to his words and believe what he says or does it say use discernment and watch his actions and then what fruit his actions bear?
    I appreciate your kindness in wanting to believe that Pres. Obama means what he says but he needs help and guidance to lead him to understand what the love of Life is. Read on and get some understanding of his actions.
    I was disappointed that Notre Dame officials were not kind to the Catholic students who are so upset with Pres. Obama. At least they could have kept the ‘free’ degree they gave him…and why they ask pro-abortion, pro-embryonic stem cell destruction, pro-anti Catholic people to speak is beyond me…I guess they just think those kinds of people are better than the plain old Catholic Christians!

    Please read the following and if you want more information regarding truth and facts of American Life issues including Euthanasia, abortion, cloning, or embryonic stem cells please sign up for this newsletter. http://www.lifenews.com for no cost.
    In the love of Christ seek the Truth! It will set you free.

    Sincerely in the love of Truth,
    Susan Carter

    President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    May 24, 2009

    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The following is a compilation of bill signings, speeches, appointments and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency. While Obama has promised to reduce abortions and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.

    Post-Election / Pre-Inauguration

    November 5, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel has a 0% pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life.

    November 19, 2008 – Obama picks pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary. Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record according to National Right to Life.

    November 20, 2008 – Obama chooses former NARAL legal director Dawn Johnsen to serve as a member of his Department of Justice Review Team. Later, he finalizes her appointment as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.

    November 24, 2008 – Obama appoints Ellen Moran, the former director of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director. Emily’s List only supported candidates who favored taxpayer funded abortions and opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.

    November 24, 2008 – Obama puts former Emily’s List board member Melody Barnes in place as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

    November 30, 2008 – Obama named pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Clinton has an unblemished pro-abortion voting record and has supported making unlimited abortions an international right.

    December 10, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion former Clinton administration official Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Planned Parenthood is “excited” about the selection.

    December 10, 2008 – Obama transition team publishes memo from dozens of pro-abortion groups listing their laundry list of pro-abortions actions they want him to take.

    Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2009

    January 5, 2009 – Obama picks pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic Party.

    January 6, 2009 – Obama chooses Thomas Perrelli, the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife, as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.

    January 22, 2009 – Releases statement restating support for Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions and has resulted in at least 50 million abortions since 1973.

    January 23, 2009 – Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decison to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.

    January 26, 2009 – Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, tells members of the Senate that taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions. Nominee erroneously says limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.

    January 29, 2009 – President Obama nominates pro-abortion David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General.

    February 12, 2009 – Obama nominates pro-abortion Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General.

    February 27, 2009 – Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.

    February 28, 2009 – Barack Obama nominates pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    March 5, 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.

    March 9, 2009 – President Barack Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

    March 10, 2009 – Obama announces the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women’s issues. He names Melanne Verveer, an abortion advocate, to occupy the post.

    March 10, 2009 – Reverses an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order Obama scrapped would have promoted new forms of stem cell research.

    March 11, 2009 – Obama signed an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama’s director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, became director of it.

    March 11, 2009 – Obama administration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.

    March 11, 2009 – Obama administration officials deny negative effects of abortion at United Nation’s meeting.

    March 17, 2009 – President Barack Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

    March 26 – President Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

    April 7 – The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.

    April 7 – Obama has named pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.

    April 7 – Put more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.

    April 8 – Obama nominee for assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Ron Weich, is pro-abortion.

    April 14 – Obama administration releases document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.

    April 17 – Obama administration releases the proposed guidelines that implement his decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life.

    April 23 – Refused to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.

    April 27 – Obama’s women’s ambassador Melanne Verveer touted Obama’s decision to send $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund.

    May 5 – Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.

    May 8 – President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.

    May 8 – President Obama’s new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation’s capital.

    May 8 – President Obama’s budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.

    May 15 – Appointed pro-abortion New York City health commissioner Thomas Frieden as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    May 17 – During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama deceived listeners into thinking he wants a conscience clause, promoted embryonic stem cell research and misstated his pro-abortion record.

    May 26 – Appoints appeals court Sonia Sonotmayor as a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case. Sotomayor is later opposed by pro-life groups and supported by pro-abortion groups and those who know her say she will support abortion on the high court.

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