- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IND. (AP) - The head of the religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has asked President Barack Obama to reconsider his support of abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research in the weeks leading up to his speech at the school’s May commencement.

The Rev. Hugh W. Cleary, the superior general of the Congregation of the Holy Cross in Rome, wrote a letter to Obama dated March 22 asking him to rethink his positions through “prayerful wrestling” with his conscience.

Notre Dame’s decision to invite Obama has drawn outrage from some Catholics because his stances on abortion and stem cell research are at odds with church teaching.

Cleary said the decision wasn’t his but he said the visit should be a “teachable moment” for all.

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