At the same time, the University of Notre Dame will have distanced itself from the bishops of the country who unanimously have asked that no politician promoting abortion be honored by any of our institutions.” Beltran said he sent a similar letter. "President Obama, by word and action, has approved of abortion and other atrocities against human life. Therefore he deserves no recognition at a Catholic institution,” Beltran said in a statement. Beltran said his comments on the matter will be included in the April 5 edition of the Sooner Catholic, the archdiocese’s official news journal. Slattery cited a 2007 statement approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as the basis for his opposition to Obama’s planned May 17 commencement speech and doctoral degree award presentation.
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• A spokesman for Notre Dame recently told Catholic News Service he could not foresee the university in South Bend, Ind., rescinding the invitation.