This weekend the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, spoke at Catholic University’s commencement. Despite the fact that numerous Catholic theologians sent a letter to Boehner expressing disapproval at his party’s budget—saying that it “guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society” and that Boehner’s “voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings”—the event went off pretty well.

Boehner may not have actually responded to Catholic theologians who criticized the moral implications of his federal budget plans, but he did, you know, feel sad.

According to a piece at NBC Washington:

Rep. Boehner steered clear of these criticisms, spending much of his time on the podium describing his life story. At several points during his speech, while mentioning his family, the congressman openly wept, as he is inclined to do.

The ceremony was held on the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in northeast Washington.

He emphasized the importance of “humility, patience, and faith” in his speech.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer