- Dec 10, 2019
Reversing a decision made last week to end contraceptive coverage for staff and students, Notre Dame said on Tuesday that although it follows Catholic teaching against the use of birth control, the school won’t interfere with the contraception coverage maintained by the insurance company because of the “plurality of religious and other convictions among its employees.”
Notre Dame is taking advantage of recently-added religious exemptions to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which were announced by the Department of Health and Human Services October 6. Previously, the Catholic university was one of several organizations that sued the government over the federal contraceptive mandate, which required most organizations to provide birth control coverage either directly or through a third party service.
Notre Dame says Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon will receive the Evangelium Vitae Medal in April. The school says the medal honors those who “proclaim the Gospel of human life by steadfastly affirming and defending its sanctity from its earliest stages.”
A new stamp honors former Notre Dame president, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who was born May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York, for his role as an educator and his service as an adviser on civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, immigration reform, campus unrest and development in poor countries to presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
At the opening Mass of the 2017 academic year, Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, condemned racism and argued that Catholic higher education offers a specific contribution to the national fight against it, building on a tradition of Notre Dame leaders being involved in struggles for civil rights and racial justice.