May 2, 2009

Catholics on President Obama's Visit to Notre Dame

Only 28 percent of American Catholics say Notre Dame was wrong to invite President Obama to give the university's commencement address this month, according to a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Half say the Fighting Irish was kosher in inviting Obama, and two out of three say he's doing a good job in the Oval Office, despite the loud protestations of a couple dozen Catholic bishops.

As is often the case, Catholics who attend Mass weekly tend to be a bit more conservative, and thus more likely to disapprove of Obama and his little visit to South Bend.

Overall, it kinda mirrors the 2008 campaign, a bunch of noisy bishops wringing their hands over Obama, while a majority of Catholics either don't care or don't pay attention and vote for Obama anyway.

Religion News Service blog