After giving Mr. Obama an honorary degree and a platform on which to speak to its graduating class, even after much protest from other, arguably more "right-wing" Catholics, doubtless, Notre Dame feels, as do many on the Catholic left, that it has been lied to--courted and then walked away from.
Such bald anti-religionist and anti-tolerant views do not bode well for a country suffering from the worst economy since its Great Depression. I can not see why anyone would think it politically expedient to alienate a good portion of the voting populous, especially during an election year, especially with the economy still in shambles.
I think most thinking people would rather err on the side of the religious tolerance that our country was founded upon than take us back to the years when people of a particular group (whether Muslims, African Americans, Jews or Irish) "need not apply".
As usual, Elizabeth Scalia of The Anchoress, has an insightful post on this subject. Her opening sentence tells is all:
The elites (are) getting comfortable with the notion of telling us what we can and cannot do, what business we may or may not conduct, what materials we can or cannot own…because we’re Catholics.I never thought I'd see the day.