From the Associated Press, March 2:

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 played a U.S. president who was a Notre Dame graduate in the TV series “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.”…
“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,” [university president Rev. John] 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.

In 2001, Feminists for Life named Sheen as 1 of its Remarkable Pro-Life Men that year. previously reported Sheen is a “longtime supporter of the Seamless Garment Network, a pro-life group that also opposes war, poverty, abortion, racism, and capital punishment.”
Sheen filed a brief supporting Joe Scheidler’s right to free speech in the infamous Now vs. Scheidler case, heard before the U.S. Supreme Court twice.
[HT: son Tim; photo courtesy of Anything & Everything]