Right-wing Catholics are furious that President Obama is
defiling the sanctity of delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame.
K-Lo called it "disgraceful," grunting, "They took a giant step away from their identity as ‘Catholic.’" Ed Morrissey huffed, "By giving President Obama a platform and honoring him with a degree, the university is tacitly endorsing Obama and these positions." And the rest of the usual suspects are up in arms over this grievous assault on Catholic values–including not-even-Catholic-yet Newt Gingrich.
But where were they when faculty members of the theology department at Boston College protested the announcement that BC was awarding Condoleeza Rice an honorary degree?
Keep in mind: not only was Rice a central figure in the war in Iraq, which the Catholic church opposed, she’s, OMG!, pro-choice.
"BC and the Jesuits and everybody else ought to wise up and wise up fast" because "there are 3,000 people who can’t go to your commencement this spring."
How is academic freedom like Catholicism? Well, if you are a left-wing academic, the answer is obvious: both can be used like a club on people you don’t like.
I don’t think BC is compromising any fundamental values by having her [Rice] speak.
So, to review: a Catholic university awarding an honorary degree to a pro-choice, pro-death penalty, pro-torture warmonger = totally fine.
A Catholic university inviting a sitting Democratic President to deliver a speech = total disgrace.