In an interview with Inside the Vatican, Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, said that “we cannot forget what has happened at Notre Dame. We need to take the measures that are necessary so that this is not repeated in other places.” Archbishop Burke added:
That the premiere Catholic university in the United States would give an honorary doctorate of law to one of the most aggressive pro-abortion politicians in our history is profoundly shocking …
If it could happen at Notre Dame, where else could it happen?
We have to give witness to the Gospel of Life in a way that people can receive it. Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, the diocese in which Notre Dame University is located, has given a very powerful witness. He knows the good things that are happening at Notre Dame, for example, a very strong participation in sacramental life among the students, daily Mass, regular confession and so forth. As a Bishop, he wants to save these good things, while at the same time correcting what is gravely wrong.
I have friends who are professors or students at the university who tell me that there are a great number of the students are very devout in their practice of the Catholic faith, and strive in every way to live their faith and grow in it. We certainly want to save that and promote it.Archbishop Burke also discussed Pope Benedict’s pilgrimages, his own work in the Apostolic Signatura, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was built under his leadership in Wisconsin, his judgment of the Our Lady of America devotion, and Randall Terry’ “reprehensible,” “gravely wrong” misuse of his comments.
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