The two Pewsitter polls seem to have crested days ago. Indeed, the news outlet that bills itself as “Your Online Catholic Newspaper For The 3rd Millennium” isn’t even posting numbers on the “withhold Communion” petition anymore. One or the other of these polls have been headlining the site for weeks now. Is this what we have to look forward to in online media in the 3rd millennium: polls? Or is it a weird twist of another news outlet of the previous millennium: You interpret the news; we make it?
I was reading somewhere that the president supposedly has manipulated Notre Dame into this spectacle as proof, somehow, that conservative Catholic politics have been swamped by a baby-killing industry. If only life were so easily spun.
The president and his advisors seem smart enough to realize that the attacks from conservative Catholics have been mostly emotional. The discussion on inviting a person to give a speech in a Catholic context remains a matter of prudential judgment. Yet even in the commentariat here, people casually toss off terms like “babykiller” and “apostate,” as if the strong words substitute for some kind of logic. I know people are upset. I feel for you, but it is getting anything accomplished?
Oh wait: I know. This is about generating cash flow from the “base.” Stay angry, your leaders tell you, and keep the economic stimulus coming. While I can understand the reticence about jumping on the president’s 66% approval bandwagon (ND seniors are polling 97% approval on the invite, I read) I would think it’s important to stay on the same highway system, if, that is, change is really the point of this engagement.