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Biden, second Catholic president, to skip Notre Dame commencement after backlash to his abortion policies

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President Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered remarks Friday from the White HouseThe University of Notre Dame's 2021 commencement is set for Sunday, but President Biden will reportedly be absent from the event.Breaking with recent tradition, the president will not address the ceremony after 4,300 "members of the Notre Dame community" signed a petition urging Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins not to invite Biden, the second Roman Catholic president, over his stance on abortion. Obama’s attendance drew backlash for similar reasons.BIDEN TELLS COAST GUARD CADETS NATION'S AT ‘INFLECTION POINT’The petition said that Biden should neither speak at commencement nor be given an honorary degree, and said that signers were "dismayed by the pro-abortion and anti-religious liberty agenda of President Joe Biden."  "He rejects Church teachings on abortion, marriage, sex and gender and is hostile to religious liberty. A university spokesperson told CNA that officials do not comment on who they might have invited to speak and that it was not out of the ordinary for a president to miss out on addressing Notre Dame their first year in office.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "While Notre Dame has had more presidents serve as commencement speakers than any university other than the military academies, we have not always hosted a president in his first year in office – or at all," the spokesperson said.

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