Notre Dame distances from Lou Holtz after he questions Biden's Catholic faith

The president of the University of Notre Dame warned Thursday that "we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith" after former football coach Lou Holtz said this week that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE is "Catholic in name only."

Holtz, who spoke during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, said Biden's presidential ticket "is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history."

"They and other politicians are Catholic in name only and abandon innocent lives," he said. "President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE protects those lives."


"While Coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the Republican National Convention must not be taken to imply that the University endorses his views, any candidate or any political party," Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins said in a statement Thursday.

"Moreover, we Catholics should remind ourselves that while we may judge the objective moral quality of another’s actions, we must never question the sincerity of another’s faith, which is due to the mysterious working of grace in that person’s heart," Jenkins added. "In this fractious time, let us remember that our highest calling is to love.”  

Holtz, who has head coach at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996, drew criticism from a number of prominent Catholics, including "The View's" Sunny HostinSunny HostinCNN and MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles dead at 47 Meghan McCain hits back at critics of comments decrying 'identity politics' Sunny Hostin: 'I feel like a hostage' to assault rifle owners MORE and comedian Jim Gaffigan.


Biden responded to the attacks on his faith from the GOP convention, calling them "preposterous."

The Trump campaign has hammered Biden, a lifelong Catholic, over his abortion stance. Biden's platform promises to "protect the constitutional right to an abortion" and "codify Roe v. Wade."

Trump, the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in person, has promoted himself as a defender of "unborn children."