Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A Woman of Substance
As we all know by now, Professor, and former Ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon has politely declined to accept the 'Laetare Medal' which she was to have received at the same time as Julian Felsenburgh was being feted at Notre Dame University. Her short letter, published on the 'First Things' website, is the work of a Catholic statesman (there is no such thing as a 'stateswoman'). St. Thomas More, the Patron of Statesmen, would be proud of her. In a world where political expediency and "political correctness" seem to be the prerequisite for success, Ambassador Glendon has served the Catholic community well. Apparently Notre Dame and its increasingly embarrassing President are going to "give the award to someone else." How demeaning to received a second-hand award, rather like the bargains one finds in a supermarket with the "sell-by date" already expired.