Notre Dame Revisited

John M. D'Arcy, bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and John R. Quinn, retired archbishop of San Francisco, offer commentary on the University of Notre Dame's decision to award President Barack Obama an honorary degree at its spring commencement. Bishop D'Arcy looks at the controvery and its aftermath through the lens of his role as the local ordinary. Archbishop Quinn uses the occasion to reflect on what role the bishops should play on the national political scene.

Read "The Church and the University" by John M. D'Arcy.

Read "The Public Duty of Bishops" by John R. Quinn.

For more on President Obama's appearance at Notre Dame see our archive on the controversy.

 

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The relationship between a Catholic University and the Catholic Church is communion, a complementary union oriented to The Word of God Made Flesh. It is the public duty of Bishops to reveal The Truth and the duty of all Catholics to Witness to The Truth.

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