President Joe Biden on Sunday will break a 20-year convention of a president or vice president delivering a commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame during the first year of a new presidency.
Resources in the White House maintained the school had encouraged Biden to speak, but said the country’s second Roman Catholic president is not able to attend due to a scheduling conflict, according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA). Jimmy Dunne, who’s a finance executive and trustee of the university, will address the graduates rather.
“For the nation’s foremost Catholic university to honor a person with such an agenda would scream scandal,” the petition included.
“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 said that Biden “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic.”