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Notre Dame's Invitation to Obama Stirs Controversy Amongst Catholics

Notre Dame's decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak at the university's commencement later this year has caused controversy amongst some Catholic communities, AP reports.

Catholic communities across the country are criticizing the Catholic university Notre Dame for inviting Obama saying that his views on stem cell research and abortion are in opposition the church's teachings.

Notre Dame has a traditionally invited newly elected presidents to speak at the university inculding Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. Obama's invitiation is not the first time a presidents invitation has caused controversy.

Students wore white arm bands in protest of George W. Bush speaking at the university.

Groups like the Pro-Life Action League and the Cardinal Newman Society do not agree with the university's choice saying that it gives a platform to those who disagree with the church's teaching.

Others groups like Catholics United are saying that it this view is too narrow.

"Millions of American Catholics continue to lose their jobs, go without health care, and wonder how they will pay for their children's higher education," Chris Korzen, executive director of Catholics United, said to U.S. News. "This is what Catholics are truly concerned about, and this is the real outrage."