Here is the estimable Ken Woodward of Newsweek, on the lessons to be drawn from Obama's visit to ND.
"The message of Notre Dame is that thoughtful Catholics wish this president well. They will work with him if he will work with them. The courtesies of the president's day at Notre Dame were a reassuring start. They seemed to signal a willingness to solidify common ground against intractable partisans on the ideological left and right. Will the center hold? Much depends, I think, on whom President Obama nominates to replace Judge David Souter on the Supreme Court. And in the longer run, where the funding of abortion fits in with the president's promised health-care reform."
James Martin, SJ