This is my response.
XXXX, I understand your outrage, but consider the reality.
Fr. Jenkins invited Obama in order to hook up with power and prestige.
If he rescinds the invitation now...
not only will he humiliate himself,
not only will he humiliate Barack Obama,
but he will guarantee he never gets another powerful person speaking at his commencements again.
No one will risk the humiliating possibility of having THEIR invitation rescinded as well.
As for Barack, the man has no reason to gracefully cancel.
He's got the Catholic Church right where he wants it.
Even if Fr. Jenkins quietly asked Obama to back out, Obama is not going to do it.
If Jenkins doesn't rescind the invitation, Obama wins because he has publicly put ND in his corner.
If Jenkins rescinds, then Obama can paint Catholics as narrow-minded fools, and he wins again, because most adult Catholics will reject the title and hew all that more closely to Obama just to PROVE that they are not one of those reactionary, rigid orthodox Catholics.
The only way Jenkins is going to rescind that invitation is to have his direct superior
require him to do it under pain of obedience.
His superior doesn't have the guts.
Obama is going to speak and that can't be stopped.
So all that is left is to make Jenkins look like a fool.
That's why I posted today's "news story."