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03 July 2014 | by Fr John Jenkins

‘You can’t be a Catholic if you are not ecumenical’ Premium

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The president of one of the foremost US Catholic universities tells Michael Sean Winters how he is working to create a ‘rich sense of what a Catholic university should be’ Fr John Jenkins CSC, the president of the University of Notre Dame in the United States since 2005, has a unique distinction. He is the only person to have awarded President Barack Obama an honorary degree and to have subsequently sued Mr Obama’s Administration over an edict on contraception that is part of the President’s health-care reform. It is not the kind of distinction the self-effacing Fr Jenkins sought.The decision to invite Mr Obama to address the university’s graduating class of 2009 and receive the honorary degree touched off a firestorm because of Mr Obama’s support for




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