Friday, March 20, 2009

Barack at Notre Dame? Our Lady strikes back! Notre Dame, abortion, and Obama: Our Lady's civil war?

When it comes to evil prophecies (i.e. Obama elected president, AND today's news that the spineless president of my Christian alma mater has indeed secured Barack the Butcher to speak at Our Lady's university), no true prophet likes to be right. However, if even a fraction of my following June 11th, 2008, counter attack comes to pass, I know the Gipper (not to mention Ronald Reagan!) will be happy ... and my prayers will have been answered.
By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong ... -from the song "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Anyone who has read the works of Fr. McBrien, and several other professors, knows that there is a threat to (Notre Dame's) Catholicism from within as well. But unlike Harvard or Yale, Northwestern or Southern Cal, all former Christian universities that are now secular schools, Notre Dame has the weapon to fight all heresies, namely Notre Dame Herself ... for the modern infidels to take control here, they would have to blow the Dame off the Dome, rip the heart (the Eucharist) out of Sacred Heart (Church) and lastly, rock by rock, tear the Grotto apart. And legions of Her sons and daughters would willingly die martyrs before they would allow that to happen. -from Champions of Faith by Tom O'Toole
The O'Toole Family at Notre Dame. All Rights Reserved.After reading my rather apocalyptic article "From Civil War to Civil Unions," fellow Domer and former head of Illinois Right to Life, John Ryan, whole-heartedly agreed with my gloomy assessment, but then asked, just "Where does Notre Dame stand in relation to this looming civil war?" Specifically, Ryan wondered what the response of orthodox regular and subway alumni should be if Obama won the presidency and ND president, Fr. John Jenkins, extended the university's traditional invitation to the new commander-in-chief to be the keynote speaker at the school's upcoming commencement.

While I definitely agree with Ryan that just as in a game of chess, we should certainly consider our spiritual options several moves ahead, it is also important to realize that Obama, despite what CNN and CNBC (or for that matter, Satan himself) may say, has not yet been elected. The first priority of the pro-life voter remains to petition Our Lady that McCain picks a passionate anti-abortion running mate (hopefully Huckabee, if not the emerging star, Jindal) to strengthen the GOP ticket. Next, we must pray like heck that McCain wins the general election. Still, if those things don't happen, Ryan's question must soon be considered.

Although Ryan's first idea, an all out pro-life media assault on Barack Obama's abortion position in an attempt to get Fr. Jenkins to withhold the ND invitation appears to be the logical initial strategy, I really doubt that such a campaign would make either man change his mind. A backing out on Barack's part would make the president-elect look weak, and if alumni scrutiny didn't make Jenkins cancel the showing of the extremely sleazy Vagina Monologues, no amount of pro-life propheteering would keep him from this woeful choice either. And, while I believe that the holy bishop of South Bend, John M. D'Arcy, would be within his rights to rescind the Catholic charter of the university if Barack were invited (Ryan's final, last ditch idea to keep Obama away), my long-held belief that Our Lady will keep Notre Dame Catholic through troubled times (see opening quote) precludes that possibility—at least for now. But little did I know when I penned that prediction some thirteen years ago that Notre Dame would indeed be the site of the first great battle in our country's second civil war.

Simply put, if the pro-life forces do not take a major stand when the modernist forces of Obama come to captivate (and capture) Notre Dame some one hundred plus days into his deadly presidency, the battle would be lost. As with Woodstock, a loyal force a "half a million strong" might be necessary, but unlike that counter-culture event, this battle would be better planned. Although the remaining true-to-the-faith students and priests could lay the groundwork, including proclaiming their petition (openly, since Jenkins rarely attends) at the 6:45 p.m. daily grotto rosary recitation, the first group of outside forces would arrive approximately a month before the graduation, under the guise of fans attending the annual Notre Dame spring football game. Known only by their Suffering Irish t-shirts, these several thousand or so loyal Domers would remain at Notre Dame after the game, sheltered by sympathetic students, professors, and even grounds crew. This way, they could gain strategic spots in the stadium, Church and even the Administration Building, including one of the little rooms right beneath the Dome.

And so it would go, with groups of ND loyalists arriving undetected with every subsequent baseball game, lacrosse or tennis match, until the main mass of Mary's men were in place. Included in this next group would be the special forces of Our Lady's Army, led by their new commander and recent Catholic convert, General Mike Huckabee. Meanwhile, when D-Day arrived, and thousands more bussed, biked, walked or parachuted their way onto the startled campus, several hundreds of Blessed Mother Teresa's Missionary of Charity sisters get into line behind the marching graduates, and Bishop D'Arcy, monstrance in hand, appears out of nowhere to lead them. And, because it is still a Catholic school, no one seems to question either occurrence.

As President Obama finally approaches the podium, Bishop D'Arcy rises, and raises the monstrance with the Eucharistic Christ right into Obama's sight, temporarily befuddling, if not frightening, the puzzled speaker. This allows the sisters to descend upon the stage, and they begin removing something hidden beneath their habits. No, the nuns have not been smuggling guns, but the aborted fetuses of late term abortions—and murdered live births—that Barack's regime has endorsed, and will soon enforce. As Obama attempts to speak, a voice as if from heaven (but actually Huckabee's), explains what the sisters are doing, telling the stunned crowd to look inside their programs, where the pro-life forces have inserted a page of all of Obama's dubious abortion accomplishments. Finally, as Huck's men silently subdue the Secret Service and the JumboTron focuses on the aborted fetuses, the last nun lays the last broken babe at Obama's feet and then begins to speak. While the crowd now anticipates an alternative commencement speech, the humble sister instead utters but one simple sentence. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me," she says to the president, and then leaves the stage for good.

At this point, Barack is free to speak, but with the Eucharistic Lord in front of him, the butchered fruit of his labor at his side, and the thousands of protesters now ready to storm the doors, something tells me he cuts his losses and leaves the campus speechless. The evil president flees Notre Dame in shame, while the triumphant forces place a giant wreath of flowers atop Our Lady on the Dome, as thousands cheer the most memorable May crowning ever.

Again, I hope Mr. Obama does not reach the White House, and this all turns out to be entertaining orthodox fiction. But if this vision is neglected and Barack is elected, we must pray to the Son beginning on day one that His Mother's Notre Dame dream comes true.


Anonymous said...

Tom, I'm so sad about this. This is such a disgrace for such an esteemed institution - not a surprise, mind you, because McBrien is a disgrace himself, but nonetheless. I only hope and pray the bishop there shows the same sort of courage as Bishop Martino.

Tom O'Toole said...

Michael -- Thanks for writing/praying. Indeed it's a sad day, but on the other hand, maybe this is what it takes to mobilize Our Lady's Army.

God's grace & Mary's prayers,

P.S. GO 'Nova! Final Four or all the way?

Anonymous said...

How did you remain firm in your faith having graduated from ND?

Flossie said...

Hi Tom,
Since what you wrote might not come true, I was thinking of another area of attack.
What if the faithful alumni all wrote a note of denial and sent it to the ND president when the usual request for support arrived or temporarily suspended their ongoing support?
I can't understand how any priest that takes a vow of obedience, will disregard the local bishop and allow this to happen. Did he actually allow it, or did he invite the pro death president?

Tom O'Toole said...

Anon -- Friday, March 20, 2009 9:16:00 PM

Two words; Our Lady.

Tom O'Toole said...

Flossie -- By all means, you could write ND and say you're withholding your contributions. As far as I understand, Bishop D'Arcy (since ND is not directly run by Rome) would almost have to excommunicate Fr. Jenkins (the one responsible for Barack's appearance at ND) to get Jenkins out ... and if he STILL didn't leave (or didn't rescind the invitation), I suppose Notre Dame, at least for the moment could not honestly be called a Catholic university.

JimAroo said...

What a scandal!

On one hand we have our bishops doing a good job of opposing the Obama agenda of death. On the other hand we have the most famous Catholic university in America honoring him.

The schism in our beloved church has existed since July 25, 1968. I think it is time for the official Church to acknowledge the schism. Let us have clarity on who is in....and who is out. Faithful Catholics want to know.

I have heard that the student body at Notre Dame has many faithful pro life Catholics. Students of Notre Dame-


Occupy the admin building - shut them down until the invitation is rescinded.

Thanks for being right on top of this. Mr. Fit.

Tom O'Toole said...

Jim -- Ironically, when I heard this news, I was reading Fr. Hesburgh's autobiography, that chapter where he was dealing with the student unrest (including storming administration buildings) of the 60s. Now the kids actually have a righteous cause to do so. And of course the ND Administration Building is the Golden Dome.

John Ryan '79 said...


Perhaps the students have considered or are considering civil disobedience. Orthodox student leaders are discussing possible courses of action this weekend.

It will also be interesting to learn what Bishop D'Arcy has to say in advance, especially the next few days. While he may believe that Our Lady can deal with the situation better than he can by cutting ties he has certainly spoken to issues of the Faith on campus without compromise on several occasions.

Unfortunately the impact of this is not limited to Notre Dame. Obama will use this, of course, to imply to even more Catholics that blatant promotion of abortion IS compatible with their Faith. Most dangerous, however is the way in which certain Catholic theologians, a handful of disident bishops, and disident clergy will use this event to marginalize Bishop Martino and others who are insisting on orthodoxy in academe and the public square -- even in some measure the USCCB.

Anonymous said...

My son is a junior at Notre Dame - and he is sickened by this. He told me and my wife yesterday that he is ashamed to be attending Notre Dame - and that (and he is right), its 'leadership' has chosen Satan over God.

Notre Dame is still worth fighting for - but as my son points out - there is an all out attack, from within and without, to destroy Catholic opposition to baby murder (and other horrible evils). We are also sickened, and as usual, betrayed by fellow so-called Catholics. 'Father' Jenkins is earning treasures not in the kingdom of heaven, but in a different sort of kingdom.

Most disturbingly, according to our son, he has been attacked and vilified by many students for opposing the the Obama honorarium.

I regret that we allowed our son to attend Notre Dame. They are destroying the faith of many. It IS Satanic.


Tom O'Toole said...

Dear James -- First of all, do not lose hope. Recall the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington movie ... the key is always, however Rudy-esque it seems, to not give up. Sacred Heart and the Grotto are still there for him, and although (sadly) your son hasn't met any ND students of like minds, I know they are there, cowering perhaps, but in attendance.

Yes, it seems like the day of Pope Alexander when Rome was about to get sacked. But though many predicted the Church's demise then (as now) the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And as far as Notre Dame goes, we are not the Fightin' Irish for nothing.

Encourage your son to go to the Grotto daily; I would look forward to hearing from him.

Ever Devoted in Notre Dame,
Tom O'Toole

Anonymous said...

Hi Tom
Thanks for this article. I am including Fr. Jenkins in my daily Rosary, pleading for his conversion and that he gains the strength to examine his conscience and actions and do what is right.
You're correct in saying that Our Lady is responsible for us having an active Catholic faith, I left the Church shortly after I graduated from ND in 1981. It was a harsh life for several years until a perceptive Methodist minister suggested I reexamine my roots. Upon receiving that advice, I returned to the Catholic Church and made a thorough confession. Never at Notre Dame was confession even mentioned! I'd be surprised if many of us took part in that sacrament while at school.
Should BHO actually appear at graduation, I would like to see students process in and immediately process out of the building, or they get on their knees and quietly but obviously pray the Rosary during BHO's portion of the ceremonies. There is nothing disrepectful about that kind of statement of conviction. But will they be pressured into conforming?
Rose '81
P.S. I am struggling with how to indicate my disapproval more strongly; as money talks, we will likely not renew our Sorin Society membership if this continues.

Tom O'Toole said...

Rose -- Wow, another '81'er!

While I never formally left the Faith (dabbling first with non-institutional faith, then non-denoms), there's No Doubt Mary brought me all the way back. I like the Student-Rosary idea; perhaps the ND student pro-life group can adopt it. Did you sign the Cardinal Newman petition? It's grown from 28,000 signatures to nearly 104,000 in about 24 hours. Both RealCatholicTV and Joe Scheidler's groups are planning protests, so this could be the real deal, the day we brought Notre Dame back to Our Lady ... keep praying!

God's grace & Mary's prayers,
Tom O'Toole, Class of (yes!) 1981

Anonymous said...

Mr O"toole
Didn't jesus preach to the everyone. Why so much fear of Obama? He hasn't sign foca yet but you condemn him. i think you guys are sometimes nuts and want to prejudge everyone that does agree 100% with your cult teachings. Lets face the church has also made a mess in history..I don't think Jesus envision his church to be a rome type church..Jesus was more like St Francis of Assisi..simple . honest and tolerant. He chased those bad guys out of the temple.. Not allowing the president at ND would be a disgraceful and rude response..your P.O.P.E crusade is unchristian and unpatriotic
Cool it tom

Tom O'Toole said...

Anon -- Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:52:00 PM

I think you need a lesson in history (not to mention spelling). You have only a sanitized version of St. Francis, which contains his love for animals but not his harsh condemnation of the corrupt civil and religious authorities. And, as far as Jesus goes, you apparently never read his railing against the Pharisees (Matt 23) or His chasing and chastising the money-changers (John 2:13-25), leaders who were so anti-life they even killed Christ ... and their logic for doing so ("It's better for one man to die than the whole nation to suffer") is the same logic Obama uses to support abortion ...

Trish said...

Thank you Tom, for what you do! From an Irish Catholic American, marrried to an Irish Catholic American -with 4 children (and 5 soon to be 7 grandchildren)
I cannot believe that Obama would not himself, have declined this offer gracefully; but that would have taken an awesome amount of humility and he has none.
He strives to divide Catholics, and all conservative thinkers. I fear he will succeed, unless God steps in soon.

TOM O'TOOLE said...

Thanks Trish -- If Obama is merely another un-humble politician (and not a future Antichrist) we should consider ourselves lucky! Keep praying. --Tom

Steven said...

Last time I checked, our Church is opposed to the death penalty. George W. Bush committed more prisoners to death in Texas than any other governor in recent memory, so where was the outrage when he spoke at Notre Dame? If memory serves, our Church is also opposed to divorce. So where was the righteous indignation when Ronald Reagan spoke? In contrast to W and Reagan, who violated virtually every one of our Church's teachings on social justice and respect for our planet, President Obama's policies are consistent with our Church on just about everything with the exception of abortion. Therefore, you people are remarkably inconsistent to whom you choose to direct your "outrage". For the last time, the Catholic Church is NOT an arm of the Republican Party! Those of you who are trying to make it so are either ill-informed or ill-intentioned. Stop listening to losers like Randall Terry, Alan Keyes, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al who are the REAL threat to God's word and please start thinking for yourselves.

TOM O'TOOLE said...

Steven -- If you've lumped me in with Hannity or Limbaugh, you haven't read me very closely. While capital punishment IS wrong -- according to the Church -- in almost every circumstance, abortion is "intrinsically evil," and thus the killing of an innocent baby is not the equivalent of putting to death a murderer/rapist. Also the bishops' DETAILED statement telling EXACTLY what a Catholic university can and cannot do (when inviting those who are against Church teachings) came out in 2004, three years after Bush spoke at ND. So protesting a Bush invitation NOW would definitely be legit ... but do you really expect a sane person to get just as excited over the killing of a tree as the murder of a baby?