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 BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil 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 TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 Hostin'The View's' Sunny Hostin reveals in-laws' deaths: 'COVID is very, very serious' ICU nurse who was first to get COVID-19 vaccine reports no side effects Mary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 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."