The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS – Count Archbishop John Nienstedt as among the chorus of prominent Roman Catholics coming out against Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement in May.
The leader of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese has written a blistering letter to Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins calling the invitation “egregious” and a “travesty.”
Nienstedt calls Obama an “anti-Catholic” politician who has worked against church policies on abortion, stem cell research and gay rights.
The archdiocese would not release the letter, but it’s leaked on to the Web and has been covered by the Catholic media.
In a statement, Jenkins says the invitation should not be seen as an endorsement of Obama’s policies.