Lost in yesterday's shuffle was the speech given by Judge John Noonan
(above right) -- the 1984 Laetare Medal winner recruited
by Notre Dame's leadership to fill in at the commencement after its intended recipient
for 2009, the former US ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon, declined
the US church's most prestigious prize.
on the Dome's page... and here, the text of Noonan's talk: