Dear Father Jenkins,
As National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, I must strongly urge you to rescind your invitation to President Obama to give the commencement address at Notre Dame this summer. Coming from the most prominent Catholic University in the country, and possibly the world, what message will this invitation send to our Catholic youth?
The AOH is the largest Irish American Catholic organization in the United States. We contribute to the education of young people who attend Notre Dame. Father, I met you last year at our annual Notre Dame meeting, and listened to you speak prior to the Pittsburgh game. Accordingly, I am shocked that this invitation was even considered.
The fact that President Obama has authorized Embryonic Stem Cell Research funding, is allowing U.S. tax dollars to flow to international agencies which provide abortions, and he is cooperating with the United Nations, even though it has rescinded the Executive Order that allowed health care workers the right to refuse to participate in abortions or other actions contrary to their religious beliefs. All of this is more than reason enough to withdraw this invitation.
I hope that you re - consider your invitation to President Obama to be the guest speaker at the May commencement and select another speaker who would be more acceptable to the teachings of Notre Dame and the Catholic Church.