Mary Ann Glendon’s refusal to accept the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame (CR, April 30) does not square with her former position as ambassador to the Vatican, where diplomacy usually trumps ideology. She is however, entitled to follow the dictates of her conscience.
Personally, I am happy that Notre Dame and other Catholic universities are willing to open their doors to allow in the fresh air of reasonable and honest discourse, as opposed to the closed confines of stifling ideology.
I applaud Notre Dame’s president and the university’s nominating committee for inviting President Obama to speak to this year’s graduating seniors. I can’t think of anyone more interesting and informed to validate the students’ four years of hard work and dedication.