Amid much controversy, President Barrack Obama is scheduled to speak at Notre Dame tomorrow.
If I was in the graduating class of Notre Dame, I'd be proud to have the President give a commencement speech at my university. It is an honor and very exciting - the kind of story to tell the grandchildren some day. However, everyone doesn't feel that way.
"It is clear that Notre Dame didn't understand what it means to be Catholic when they issued this invitation," said Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
(Insiders tell me that Cardinal George is also the Rush Limbaugh of the Vatican without the "DittoCam," which is why the Pope has not taken an official position).
No, Cardinal, but the Fighting Irish sure understood the privilege of having the Commander in Chief of the United States, which has over 306,444,087 citizens (not all of them Catholics), accept the invitation and give the commencement speech to the Class of 2009.
Of course, Notre Dame could have invited Will Ferrell. He did rather well at Harvard: