Faith is not an exclusive club membership. Yet this is the message that Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, sent when she rejected the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal.
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If Church leaders think Obama is a worse invitee than either Rice or Mukasey, then their tent is shaped so as to include those who authorize and defend torture, but to exclude those who support abortion rights.
In declining Notre Dame's award, Mary Ann Glendon is suggesting that Obama may be president but he is not her president, or the Catholics' president -- a highly divisive and anti-democratic sentiment.
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