Catholic schools tuning in to Obama address
In March, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien wrote to Notre Dame President John Jenkins that he was "disappointed and bewildered" that the university had invited President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree and speak during commencement ceremonies. Obama supports abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research, which the Catholic Church opposes.
On Tuesday, local Catholic schools will tune in to the president's back-to-school address to the nation's children.
From the Archdiocese of Baltimore:
Since news of the address was first reported, the Catholic Center and several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have been contacted by parents, teachers and others expressing a desire that parents be given the opportunity to request that their children be excused from viewing the address.
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, acknowledges the historic significance of the President’s speech and is fully supportive of the educational messages the White House says the President will deliver. However, he agrees that parents should ultimately have the right to choose whether their child views the address and will ask Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to communicate this to parents.
“We respect the rights of our parents to decide what’s best for their children in this matter and our schools will be asked to make arrangements for children not watching the program in an alternate venue in order to offer an opportunity for discussion about the role and responsibilities of the presidency and the value of education,” the Archbishop said.