The media conflates conservative criticism of President Obama delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

I have been noticing over the past several weeks that the media has been conflating the criticism from a small number of very vocal anti-choice conservative Catholics, who are opposed to President Obama delivering the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, as representing the opinion of the broader Catholic community. The media is seriously overstating the opposition from this small but vocal conservative minority.

[Full disclosure: I am a "lapsed" Catholic. I want to be clear that I did not leave the church, the church left me. It left when it abandoned its commitment to "social justice" in the post-Vatican II era in favor of the conservative single-issue politics of abortion.]


(The Word of Life Mural covers the southern face of the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame overlooking the football stadium, and is often referred to as "Touchdown Jesus.")

Joe Sudbay at asks the question:

[H]ave we in the media blown the conservative criticism over Obama’s upcoming address at Notre Dame out of proportion? Consider this Pew poll from last week: By nearly a 2-to-1 margin (50%-28%), American Catholics agree with Notre Dame inviting Obama to speak there. Also, by 47%-33%, white Catholics agree with Notre Dame inviting the president. The only subgroup who disagrees: white Catholics who attend church weekly. By a 45%-37% margin, those folks disagree with the school’s invitation. So, according to this poll, the criticism is coming from a minority — albeit a very vocal one. A very vocal minority once again garners the attention of the traditional media.

The Pew poll confirms, once again, that most Catholics really don't care what their bishops think. Seriously.

I know I don't care. Seriously.

I am certain "Touchdown Jesus" doesn't care, either.

0 responses to “The media conflates conservative criticism of President Obama delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame

  1. The White house covered the Cross so Obama would not have to see what; while giving his speech but is traveling to Egypt to give a speech to Muslims?

  2. One of my favorite statements coming out of the Notre Dame commencement hoopla: “This crowd,” Mr. McBrien said, referring to conservative Catholics, “are simply Republicans who are upset that Obama won the election — and they want to pick a fight.”

    I was very lucky to get to know well several Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, including Sister Barb Fiand & Sister Kay Brogle, while I lived in Cincinnati. There are many strong liberal voices in the Catholic church. Catholics United is a great example:

    I also believe that having a fairly unpopular Pope following JP2 is driving more dissent against the conservative positions of the church.

  3. Republicans used multiply divorced Newt Gingrich and Rudy Guiliani as the point-men on this story. I think that is a bigger story (and says more about the values of the American Taliban) than the one they are outraged about.

  4. All I can say is that I can tell that unless I really study the definition of conflate I am never going to keep up with this blog.