Is minik a bhris beal duine a shron.

A Gaelic Saying

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Yes, we begin today with a Gaelic saying.  Its translation:

Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose.

Ah, Irish wit to digest the decision to present a prestigious Catholic award to a questionable recipient.

The award is the Laetare Metal.  It is given to a person who has provided outstanding service to the Catholic Church and society.

Its recipient is selected by the University of Notre Dame and awarded annually.

As always, it is presented at Commencement in the presence of a captive audience of young men and women who successfully completed their undergraduate education, a large number of graduate students who completed their studies, and hundreds of family and faculty members, University employees, honorary degree recipients and other guests most of whom are dedicated, proud and practicing Catholics who love their Church and Notre Dame.

This year the Metal will be awarded to two men jointly: Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boenher, each Catholic.

The designation of Mr. Biden as a recipient has raised a bloody ruckus.  You see it is difficult to imagine how Old Joe, he who has never held a job outside government in his entire adult life, meets the criteria of having provided “outstanding service to the Catholic Church and society.”

Why?  Because he, a member of the Democrat Left Party, has been an unabashed advocate of abortion and same-sex “marriage” – two positions utterly in opposition to fundamental Catholic teaching and the Church’s clear and repeated public statements.

An award to one who does disservice to his professed faith?  How can that be?

Well, the Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins opines that Old Joe and Mr. Boenher deserve the award because they have maintained friendship while occupying opposing views on these two issues.

Jenkins has explained that the level of acrimony and gridlock in political life is a serious problem in politics today and so much so that, it seems, a restoration of manners and etiquette takes priority over the killing of the unborn child and the destruction of the institution of marriage.

Yes, the Jenkins view appears to be that “making-nice” in politics exceeds in importance the fundamental beliefs of Catholic life, the welfare of the unborn, the sanctity of marriage and Catholicism.

It is weak thinking like this once put to voice that brings to mind Gaelic wit and wisdom …

Ah, ’tis many a time man’s mouth broke his nose.   

Alas we can hope that Jenkins and The Fighting Irish might be at least Irish if they cannot be Catholic.  And, I proffer: at least being Irish would bring them nearer Truth.

Shalom.

Note: Tomorrow we will explore the concept of “the common good” – in light of Fr. Jenkins notion that the award this year advanced that goal.  Yes, more fun to come.  Tally ho! 

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