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Friday, May 25, 2012

Well said, Fr. Ted

Fr. Ted Hesburgh, who just turned 95 (!!), put well and pithily what's going on in the HHS lawsuits:  "I would only say that I think the university is doing what it should do. The government just overreached and overstretched and has to be brought up short," he says.


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Bingo. I am bothered by those judging Notre Dame without looking at what their brief says and what their reasoning is. They are responding in good faith to the situation as it is. That does not mean they agree with how bishops are handling every aspect of the controversy. Fr. Hesburgh is right.

Posted by: Greg Metzger | May 25, 2012 2:12:58 PM

How about that. One never can tell what he'll say.

Posted by: Titus | May 25, 2012 4:46:51 PM

Someone check EJ Dionne's pulse.

Posted by: Josh | May 25, 2012 4:51:54 PM

Of course, it was Fr. Ted who introduced John D. Rockefeller to Paul VI so the Pope would change the Church's teaching on contraception and other forms of birth control.
One could argue it was he who precipitated this whole chain of events at that time.

Posted by: Manfred | May 26, 2012 12:15:04 AM

With all due respect to Father Hesburgh, what President Obama's administration has done in regards to our Religious Liberty and his failure to defend DOMA, can hardly be called an overreach, it is, in fact, a seismic shift.

Posted by: N.D. | May 26, 2012 10:26:48 AM

He helped give the government the tools with which to "overreach[] and overstretch[]", so he should know. http://spectator.org/blog/2010/03/27/fr-hesburgh-and-joe-donnellys

Posted by: Mike | May 26, 2012 7:25:23 PM

Out of Love and respect for Christ, His Church, all who will come to believe, and Father Hesburgh, the Bishops must make it clear that one cannot be autonomous and in communion with The Body of Christ, simultaneously- for the purpose of our inherent Right to Religious Freedom, which can only be endowed to us from The True God, is so that we can come to know, Love, and serve The True God, and be with Him forever, in Heaven.

Posted by: N.D. | May 27, 2012 9:31:47 AM