The decision comes after students at the school and its alumni petitioned Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, not to invite Biden, the second Roman Catholic president, over his pro-abortion policies.
While the petition to exclude the Democratic president was signed by 4,300 “members of the Notre Dame community,” the Catholic News Agency reports Biden was ultimately invited but will not attend due to a scheduling conflict.
The petition read in part:
“He rejects Church teachings on abortion, marriage, sex and gender and is hostile to religious liberty,” it continued. “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.”