Actually, Notre Dame has never honored a pro-abortion chief executive.
You can read all about the Fr. Jenkins-Obama scandal, and join 177,000 (and counting) other pro-lifers in signing a petition against the invitation (click on this post's title).
It is good to hear that Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has written (see LifeSiteNews.com) Fr. Jenkins to point out that his invitation is "a direct act of disobedience" to the U.S. bishops, who wrote in 2004 that Catholic institutions should not invite or honor pro-aborts.
Wouldn't it be nice if Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles would add his voice to that of Bishop Olmsted in urging Fr. Jenkins to disinvite Obama? (Note: This is basically a rhetorical question.)
One benefit of the big scandal is that it is activating many ND students and alumni and probably turning many into pro-life activists from now on.
That so many people want ND to disinvite Obama is proof that American Catholics (me included) love Our Lady's university and want the school to be fully Catholic the way it used to be.
Let us pray for the University of Notre Dame, for Fr. Jenkins, and for everyone involved. Above all, let us pray for all of America's preborn babies.