Mary Ann Glendon refuses to accept Notre Dame's highest honor

Mary Ann Glendon, the recent United States Ambassador to the Vatican, has said that she will not accept Notre Dame's highest honor, the "Laetare" Medal at the upcoming commencement ceremonies. 

In her letter to Notre Dame's President, Fr. John Jenkins, Glendon expressed dismay that Notre Dame chose to honor President Barack Obama despite his clear public stand against Catholic principles on key moral issues. She also voiced her discomfort with the university's suggestion that her own speech at the commencement exercises might counterbalance the Obama appearance. A commencement celebration, she said, "is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised" by Notre Dame's decision to invite Obama in defiance of clear guidance from the US bishops.

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