American doofus: Let’s hope this writer knows more about football than he does about Notre Dame … and the Catholic Church.


In a recent Washington Post article:

Leahy explains why he and some other Catholics, who were friends of his when he grew up in Southern California in the 1960s, rooted against Notre Dame. Their attitude toward Notre Dame’s football team, he said, was influenced by their views on such things as “abortion rights.”

“But our coolness toward Notre Dame,” Leahy writes, “also reflected fissures within the Catholic Church, cracks widening to this day over birth control, abortion rights and the broader matter of whether any dissent–particularly tough questions of the Vatican–will be tolerated by the Catholic hierarchy.”

Now, he says, Notre Dame is attracting resentment from “politically moderate” Catholics because it has sued the Obama administration over the administration’s contraception mandate. This is the administration regulation that seeks to force Notre Dame and other Catholic institutions–as well as Catholic business owners and individuals–to pay for health-care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, all of which violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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