Notre Dame is distancing itself from Lou Holtz after the former coach criticized Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling him “Catholic in name only,” during a speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.
Father John Jenkins, the school president, said Holtz spoke for himself.
“Although coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the Republican National Convention should not be taken as implying that the University endorses his views, any candidate or political party. “Jenkins said in a statement. .
Jenkins wasn’t necessarily defending Biden. But the attack on Biden’s faith was not something he would approve of.
“In addition, we Catholics should remember that while we can judge the objective moral quality of the actions of others, we should never question the sincerity of the faith of others, which is due to the mysterious work of grace in that person’s heart, ”Jenkins said. “In these turbulent times, let us remember that our highest calling is to love.”
Holtz coached Notre Dame for 11 seasons and won the national title in 1988. He also coached in South Carolina for six seasons thereafter and coached the Jets for one season. He has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.
“I used to ask our athletes at Notre Dame, ‘If you didn’t show up, who would you miss him and why? “Holtz, 83, said during his speech.” Can you imagine what would happen to us if President Trump hadn’t run in 2016 for the presidency? I’m so glad he is came.