Skip to comments.Notre Dame honors activist-actor Martin Sheen (Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work)
Posted on 03/02/2008 3:52:30 PM PST by Libloather
Notre Dame honors activist-actor Sheen
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Activist-actor Martin Sheen will be honored by the University of Notre Dame with its Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work, the school announced Sunday.
Sheen, who starred as a U.S. president who was a Notre Dame graduate in NBC's "The West Wing," is to receive the medal at the school's May 18 commencement.
Since 1883, the Laetare Medal has been awarded annually to a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity."
Recipients include President Kennedy, former Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr.
Sheen has used his recognition as an actor to help others, said the university's president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins.
"He has used that celebrity to draw the attention of his fellow citizens to issues that cry out for redress, such as the plight of immigrant workers and homeless people, the waging of unjust war, the killing of the unborn and capital punishment," Jenkins said.
Sheen, 67, describes himself as a Catholic peace activist. He has been arrested for taking part in nonviolent demonstrations against various U.S. military policies, and has donated money and time to such causes as the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, human rights for migrant workers and environmental protection.
Actor Martin Sheen arrives at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival's opening night premiere of 'Talk to Me,' in this June 21, 2007 file photo, in Los Angeles. Sheen will be honored by the University of Notre Dame with its Laetare Medal for his humanitarian work, the school announced Sunday March 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
and on his progeny too
My Favorite Martin photo...
I liked it where Crighton had him eaten by canibals at the end of State of Fear.
So convincing as the legendary Robert E. Lee, too.
What a guy.
Do the Jesuits run Notre Dame?
Imagine spending $45,000 a year to have your kid indoctrinated by the likes of those who honor Martin Sheen?
No, the Holy Cross Fathers.
No doubt the Laetare Medal will be inscribed with his real name - Ramón Estevez.
Did the play the tape of the “President” on “West Wing” mocking the pro-life, pro-family conservative with a bunch of verses from the Old Testament about dietary laws, flogging children for disobedience, and executing sodomites?
I don’t know whether Martin Sheen is actually pro-abortion—I just know his public activism is untainted by any connection with any pro-life organization or any pro-life politician—and he’s never had a negative word to say, that I know of, for any pro-abortion leftist politician.
Notre Dame is a Catholic institution like North Korea is a democracy.
Martin Sheen is one of those who say "I'm personally opposed to abortion, but...." He has said this in interviews.
Shows exactly how far Notre Dame has fallen, if it considers Martin Sheen to be a "pro-life activist."
I was wondering the same thing. If he is, in fact, against the killing of the unborn, it’s not something I’ve ever been aware of. Of course, that would be offensive to his friends in the entertainment business so he isn’t likely to be quite as outspoken about that. Which would make him a craven hipocrite.
It’s funny. I never remember seeing him marching for pro-life causes, only anti-war marches. I did hear him many years ago on the Tonight Show mention that he was pro-life, but that’s the last time I’ve ever heard him mention it.
Sad and sick.
HOW COULD YOU!!
Don’t you realize that he played BILL CLINTON on TV, the way Liberals WANTED to see him?
The only good that may come from Obama is the destruction of the left’s fantasies about who and what these people really were....
He’s a lefty moonbat, but he’s a pro-life lefty moonbat. If I had to pick a lefty moonbat to honor, I’d pick him. Of course, if I had to pick a lefty moonbat to wring out to make a gallon of high-proof, I’d pick him too...
Who will play Obomber?
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