University Faculty for Life

ND UFL protests Biden Laetare Medal

The Notre Dame chapter of University Faculty for Life voted unanimously to issue a statement of protest to the administration of Notre Dame after it was announced that the Laetare Medal for 2016 would be given to VicePresident Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. The letter “respectfully requests” that the award to Biden be rescinded. Here is the LifeNews article, which includes the entire text of the letter of protest.

This followed a letter by 89 Notre Dame students (among them this writer’s daughter) in protest of the award and a statement by the Catholic bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Kevin Rhoades, strongly criticizing the decision.


Robert Gotcher is a dogmatic and moral theologian and long-time member of UFL who received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin.