Good question

OSV picks out a valuable tidbit from the fracas:

The poll numbers were somewhat contradictory, but the overall picture is clear. Generally speaking, Catholics who go to Mass weekly tended to think that Notre Dame was badly off base in paying tribute to our pro-abortion president, while Catholics who don't go to Mass weekly tended to see it as okay. We've been seeing this split in Catholic ranks—those who go to Mass weekly vs. those who don't—for many years and on many different issues, both political and religious.

I have no solution to offer, except that the split must henceforth be taken far more seriously into account than it has been up to now in pastoral planning and action. It's just not meaningful to say, "American Catholics think this or that." The question is: Which Catholics do you mean—the ones who practice their religion or the ones who don't?

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