Joe Biden will not be speaking at the University of Notre Dame for a commencement address due to a scheduling conflict breaking a 20-year tradition, according to The Daily Wire.
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“For the nation’s foremost Catholic university to honor a person with such an agenda would scream scandal,” the petition added.
“Because President Biden is Catholic, it presents a unique problem for us,” Naumann told the AP. “It can create confusion. … How can he say he’s a devout Catholic and he’s doing these things that are contrary to the church’s teaching?”
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City stated that Biden “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic.”
From The Daily Wire:
Biden’s scheduling conflict comes as a petition circulates among the Catholic university demanding that Notre Dame President Fr. John I. Jenkins neither invite the president nor give him an honorary degree because of the many policies he supports in open defiance of Church teaching. More than 4,300 students, alumni, and other members of the community signed the petition as of Sunday.
Citing the injunction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which said, “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles,” the petition said in part:
Biden is such a person writ large. He rejects Church teachings on abortion, marriage, sex and gender and is hostile to religious liberty. He embraces the most pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty public policy program in history. The case against honoring him is immeasurably stronger than it was against honoring President Obama, an action that alienated countless Catholics and brought upon Notre Dame the harsh criticism of 83 cardinals, archbishops and bishops.
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The petition went on to detail specific policies Biden supports that promote abortion, contraception, homosexuality, transgender behavior, and the repeal of religious exemptions for institutions that oppose such things.
Biden and other pro-abortion Catholic politicians face potential rebuke from the USCCB when they convene for their annual meeting in June. As The Daily Wire reported:
During their next annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine will be drafting a document that will clarify their position regarding the longstanding question of how to handle Catholic politicians in open defiance of Church teaching on abortion, according to The Associated Press.