The University of Notre Dame will be the place to be next week with President Obama showing up for a commencement speech May 17 and unknown numbers of folks planning to protest his appearance. NDResponse, the student umbrella group overseeing some of the protests, has posted a schedule here on what they plan to do and where.
Briefly, a prayer vigil - with the local bishop in attendance - begins the night before. An outdoor Mass is slated the day of the commencement at 11:15 a.m. on the South Quad followed by a rally. At 2 p.m., which is when the commencement itself begins at Joyce Center, students will gather for a vigil at the campus grotto.
Other folks are planning some thing slightly more dramatic. One-time presidental candidate Alan Keyes plans to get arrested there. See this CBN story about that.
But Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry has one-upped Mr. Keyes by already getting arrested last Friday. Read about that here. And those are just the protests we know about.
Yours truly unfortunately is having shoulder surgery next week, so I did not put in to get sent to South Bend to cover all this drama. One of our White House reporters should be there to hear what how the president deals with the fact that some of his key positions are at odds with Catholic doctrine. And wouldn’t it be a stitch if he should mention during his speech his selection for ambassador to the Vatican?
- Julia Duin, religion editor