Was it just a trial balloon we saw floated by Religion News Service last Friday? Or did the panjandrums of the USCCB really believe they could avoid a discussion of the US bishops' public stand on the politics of abortion?
We might never know for sure. But apparently your Uncle Di was not the only one appalled by that announcement, and the decision has been reversed. The topic is on the agenda again for this week's USCCB meeting.
We have learned, however, that there is a substantial lobby within the bishops' conference, and especially within the administrative apparatus of the USCCB, that would prefer not to hold this discussion. Their argument, presumably, is that when a difficult problem arises, it's best not to talk about it-- much less to do something about it-- but to keep quiet and hope the problem will go away.
That approach has worked out so well for the American bishops in the past decade, you know.
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