In May of 2009, the University of Notre Dame, the United States' most prestigious Catholic university, gave the most pro-abortion president in history an honorary degree. Kiko is in good company.
You got your universities mixed up. Kiko is receiving an honorary degree from the Catholic University of America (CUA), which is a private university in Washington DC. It is a pontifical university of the Catholic Church in the United States and the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops. The initiators of the NCW is not receiving anything from the University of Notre Dame.
The University of Notre Dame, on the other hand, is located in South Bend, Indiana. The founder of the University of Notre Dame was Father Edward Sorin who also became the university's president. Apparently, the jungle is so desperate that it purposely mention the University of Notre Dame to fool its readers into thinking that this was the university that will be awarding the honorary degree to the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way. If the jungle truly cares about FACTS, then Tim Rohr should mention the CORRECT university.
Regarding the Catholic University of America (taken from Wikipedia):
It has been called one of the 25 most underrated colleges in America, one of the nation's best colleges by the Princeton Review, one of the best values of any private school in the country by Kiplinger's, "one of the most eco-friendly universities in the country," was awarded the "highest federal recognition an institution can receive" for community service, and has been recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
CUA's programs stays closely connected with the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations. The American Cardinals Dinner is put on by the residential U.S. cardinals each year to raise scholarship funds for CUA. The university has a long history of working with the Knights of Columbus; the university's law school and basilica have dedications to the involvement and support of the Knights.
The university has been visited twice by reigning Popes. Pope John Paul II visited on October 7, 1979. On April 16, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI gave an address on Catholic education and academic freedom on campus.
Since 1896, the Catholic University of America has conferred more than 300 honorary degrees. Recipients have come from virtually every walk of life – professors, poets, cops, kings, journalists, judges, bishops, and politicians.
Included among them are Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon Johnson; Rev. Mother (now Saint) Katharine Drexel, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and Cardinals Francis Spellman, Stephen Wyszynski, George Basil Hume, and Luis Antonio Tagle.
All have made contributions to the Church and/or society that earned them this special recognition.
Now in less than a month’s time, Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernandez will be honored for their precious contribution to the Catholic Church.
Yes, it is THIS University - the Catholic University of America - that have conferred honorary degrees to these renown people. So, do not let the jungle fool you.