Notre Dame rescinds awards for the late Jean Vanier

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Canadian Jean Vanier founder of L'Arche communities poses for a photograph after he received the Templeton Prize at St Martins-in-the-Fields church in London, Monday, May 18, 2015. L'Arche started in northern France in 1964 now has some 147 communities where people with and without intellectual disabilites live and work together as peers.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The University of Notre Dame has revoked two awards for a Catholic church figure who is accused of sexually exploiting women.

The late Jean Vanier was honored by the University with both the Notre Dame Award in 1994, and the Ford Family Award in 2014 for his humanitarian work.

The Canadian was once seen as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, or perhaps even a sainthood. Now he’s accused of sexually abusing at least six women at his charity, which he founded in 1964.

Notre Dame President The Reverend John Jenkins says the report and its allegations seemed “through, rigorous and fair”, and led to the decision to rescind the awards.

He passed away last May in Paris, France at the age of 90.

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  1. $%^k Notre Dame. Whatever happened to the basic principal our judiciary is founded on? “Innocent until proven guilty”. Apparently Notre Dame is above such trivial nonsense as it produces lawyers and attorneys. If Jenkins was a layman he would certainly be a devout liberal. He may be one now but has to pretend not to be because of the abortion position of the left…

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