"Those of us Catholics in the under-40s, who were born after Vatican II, and who only recall two Popes in our lives, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, are inheriting the wasteland of the culture wars that have decimated Western society. Like appeasement makers of old, we are led by Catholic priests who announce that a Catholic university is 'honored' by the presence of an individual who intends to persecute Catholic institutions that do not bend to his will. We are soft, and we are too willing to shrug our shoulders and say, 'What can I do?'
"If my experience over the past several days provides any wisdom to anyone reading these words, it is that each of one of us must raise our voice in alarm when the moment is right to do so. Oftentimes it is our lot to remain silent, or unheard, because we cannot chase every monster, defend every outcropping. Let it not be said, however, at the end of our lives when an accounting is called for, that when the battle came to our turf, we failed to stand up to be counted."
— William Newton, "Follow Up: Scandal at Notre Dame"
UPDATE: See continuing coverage on American Papist for the latest reactions to President Obama's planned commencement speech at Notre Dame.