Thoughtful voice all but lost in Obama-Notre Dame drama

President Barack Obama arrives at Notre Dame on Sunday already triumphant, the champion of the pro-abortion rights lobby ready to be honored by America’s pre-eminent Roman Catholic university. This controversy has been spun as Catholics opposing a president offering a commencement address at Notre Dame. That’s not really the issue. What most are angry about is that a great Catholic university is conferring an honorary degree upon a politician whose position on abortion is in absolute conflict with Catholic teaching. Given how this has been spun, by an adoring pro-Obama (and pro-abortion rights) media, the weekend’s news coverage is tiresomely predictable: Christian protesters whose faith teaches them to oppose abortion will be depicted as intolerant extremist fanatics, perhaps just one step removed from the Appalachian snake dancers.