I'm not sure exactly how it's being handled in the states as I read about this on the BBC and they failed to mention how this controversy affected the most important country in the world. What? You think I just have this kind of crap stored in my noggin? I actually just read about this during my morning wasting of time. As for the celebration of of every wannabe Irishman's favorite day, I'm going to say that since St. Patty's is really more of a day about beer and corned beef in the US that all of this church stuff is rather irrelevant here, especially since the Catholic faith has never exactly been a state religion in the US. Besides, with Easter being about eggs, bunnies, and candy; and Christmas being about loot and evergreens, it seems that the religious aspects of religious holidays are more decoration than anything else.
Personally, I don't officially observe St. Patrick's. I'm not Irish and I'm still of the old opinion that the Irish are an inferior race. I did drink an Irish-themed stout last night (but it was brewed in Wisconsin) and I'm wearing green today (but half of my wardrobe is green anyway), but instead of eating corned beef and cabbage tonight and pinching any little kids for not wearing green, I'm going to be coaching tennis at a JV match and eating at the local Mexican restaurant.