First, there was yesterday’s news the University of Notre Dame was joining Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports except football (although there will play 5 ACC team in football per season). But that isn’t the really shocking news; we all knew someday Notre Dame would “buddy up” to a conference. What surprised us all was the news that Notre Dame will now in fact be running the entirety of the Catholic Church.

In a historic press conference held today in South Bend, Indiana, Pope Benedict XVI and Notre Dame president  Rev. John Jenkins announced the dramatic changes in the church. While the news was surprising, the reasons given really were not. In short, this is all about synergizing the world’s 800 million Catholics with the Notre Dame football program.

“It’s often been said the two most important jobs in the Catholic Church are Pope and quarterback at Notre Dame,” Benedict…

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