updated 4/16/2009 4:42:00 PM ET 2009-04-16T20:42:00

A group has launched an online social networking effort seeking to oust the University of Notre Dame's president over the school's decision to invite President Barack Obama to give its commencement speech next month.

A posting on the Web site http://www.replacejenkins.com says the Obama invitation and other decisions by the Rev. John Jenkins call his judgment into question. The Web site launched Thursday asks Notre Dame alumni and financial supporters to join a Facebook group and sign a petition.

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown says the school knew there would be those who oppose the decision to invite Obama.

Opponents say the Catholic university should not honor Obama because his support for abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research go against church teachings.

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