(RoyalPatriot.com )- It is customary in the first year of a new Presidential Administration for Notre Dame University to invite either the new President or Vice President to give the commencement address at their graduation ceremonies.
But not this year.
In early May, a letter signed by 4,300 “members of the Notre Dame community” was sent to Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins urging him not to invite “devout Catholic” Joe Biden to this year’s graduation ceremony held on May 23.
Central to their objections was, despite purportedly being a “devout Catholic,” President Biden is radically pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty.
Claiming President Biden “rejects Church teachings” on not just abortion, but marriage and gender, the petitioners believed there was an even stronger case against honoring Biden than there was for pro-abortion President Barack Obama (who spoke at Notre Dame’s commencement his first year in office).
Obama, unlike Joe Biden, never claimed to be a devout Catholic.
Notre Dame refuses to say why Joe Biden was not asked to deliver this year’s commencement address. Instead, a university spokesman said Notre Dame does not discuss who has or has not been invited to speak.
Meanwhile, the White House is claiming that President Biden was in fact invited to give this year’s commencement address but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
But unless President Biden or the White House consider playing Mario Kart at Camp David a scheduling conflict, that doesn’t seem plausible.
According to the President’s public schedule, Joe Biden had no scheduled events for this past weekend. Instead, he and Mrs. Biden left for Camp David on Saturday and returned to the White House Sunday evening.
While this is not proof that Notre Dame chose not to invite President Biden, it certainly does prove that Biden didn’t pass on the commencement address due to scheduling conflicts.
In April, it was reported that, in their next national meeting in June, US Catholic bishops will decide whether or not to bar President Biden, along with other Catholic politicians, from receiving communion so long as they continue advocating for abortion.