I’m happy to report that Catholics are not obligated to root for Notre Dame

I can’t find it anywhere in the Catechism, but we are midway through the liturgical season of Notre Dame football. At 4-2, the Fighting Irish are bound for another prominent bowl game after what appears to be a mediocre season.

Why do so many Catholics root for Notre Dame? Does the pope grant an indulgence for turning on NBC on Saturday afternoons? Unless you went there or live in the greater Chicago area, I can’t put my finger on why “I’m Catholic” is a reason to root for a program that seems to have little to do with Catholicism.

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