The highest-ranking Roman Catholic leaders in Oklahoma are calling for the cancellation of President Barack Obama’s upcoming commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame.
The Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery, Tulsa bishop, and the Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, Oklahoma City archbishop, have joined reportedly thousands of Catholic clergy and lay people who have sent letters and e-mails to the university expressing outrage at Obama being graduation speaker. His support of abortion rights is the source of the anger.
Slattery said he sent a letter to the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame president, urging him to cancel his invitation to Obama and drop plans to honor him with a doctorate.
"For President Obama to be honored by Notre Dame is more than a disappointment, it is a scandal,” Slattery said in his letter dated Tuesday.
"His being honored by Notre Dame will make it easier for a woman who contemplates abortion to submit herself to this cruel and deadly procedure.