I am definitely pro-life and I would have attended the ceremony wearing my mortarboard with the yellow cross and baby feet. I don't believe in abortion except in extreme and rare circumstances....rape being one of them. I was raised Catholic and I attended Catholic schools until I went to Phoenix College and then Arizona State University. My daughter attended a Catholic high school following two years of a Catholic junior high. I insisted that she go to the same college prep school that I went to because of its unequaled educational opportunities only~~~NOT for the religious training. My upbringing in the Catholic school system taught me how to fear the Lord and feel guilty about almost everything. Therapy here I come......... I finally came to the realization that mortal sins and venial sins were made up by the church so the sacrament of confession could be instituted to make me feel even more guilty. The thought of confessing to a priest my wrong-doings was not my idea of getting closer to God. I look back on all my years of indoctrination and I wonder how it could have happened. I never questioned my religion, my parents or my clergy...how sad is that? In the 50's and 60's the church was law and the priests were revered. During the Vietnam war many priests advocated burning draft cards....separation of church and state? Early charges of abuse caused church staff to relocate and sweep things under the rug so to speak. My idea of the priesthood now is that it is a fraternity of pedophiles (I know the whole guilt by association theory and not all priests fall into that category) but I can't look any priest in the eye to this day. The archaic idea that priests can't marry is stupid. They can't marry but they certainly can abuse!!! Oh, and the Popes that had children during their Papacy....let's not forget about that!
Oh, I can go on and on..... I agree with Elizabeth Hasselbeck in that if I was a graduate of Notre Dame today, I would take my seat and graduate with my classmates. My silent but overt protest would be displayed on my mortarboard...I just can't condone abortion especially when it is used as a form of birth control by some women. The video The Silent Scream will make you cry and make your heart break. For me it isn't a religious issue but a moral issue. I've fallen away from the Catholic Church and its teachings, but I feel that a baby is a baby at the time of conception. I am not a Republican or a Democrat but an Independent. I sit back and think that the Republicans are stupid sometime and then the Democrats act like idiots and everything evens out. Nancy Pelosi is an example of an idiot right now!
Rachel, if you have read this blog, I can't wait to hear from you.