Honor Sullied by Obama's Speech

Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law professor and former US Ambassador to the Vatican, will not accept the highest honor given by Notre Dame.Notre Dame offered Ambassador Glendon the Laetare Medal and wanted to present it to her at this year’s graduation ceremonies. The University apparently suggested that the award to the high profile -- and faithful Catholic -- Glendon might offset some of the criticism the University has received by inviting President Obama to address this year’s commencement exercises.Here is the full text of Glendon’s letter rejecting the award:Dear Father Jenkins,When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame’s most memorable commencement speeches. So I...(Read Full Post)