From Mr Paul Kokoski SIR – It is wrong to argue that President Obama’s invitation to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony should not be rescinded (Letters, April 24). Mr Obama militantly champions a culture of death that includes abortion, homosexuality and embryonic stem-cell research. He plans to legally condemn conscientious objectors who oppose these crimes against humanity.
Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, in his book The Salt of the Earth, had sharp words of condemnation for some of the Church’s own bishops who think the same way as those who support Mr Obama’s honorary invitation. He referred to them as “shepherds who are like mute dogs; in order to avoid conflict, they let the poison spread. Peace is not the first civic duty and a bishop whose only concern is not to have any problems and to gloss over as many conflicts as possible is an image I find repulsive.” Mr Obama may be the President of the United States and a talented orator. But I doubt that means much more than a curse to the millions of embryos and babies who are on abortions’ death row list.
Yours faithfully, PAUL KOKOSKI Hamilton, Ontario