From past experience with US Catholic Bishops, I’d say it’s only a matter of time before they cave, regardless of anything the Vatican says.
Dolan will be leading this fight.
Dear Bishop, Thanks for this inspiring lesson on how to get along with every body. However, as a student of Church history, and having seen "The Borgias" twice, permit me to offer you a bit of advice, Your Grace.
(Step 1:)Shut Up.
(step 2:) Shut Up, because whoever talks next loses.
(Step 3:) Shut Up. Look Up, "Invincibly Ignorant"
(Step 4:) Shut Up. Don't talk to Obama or Sibelius. Talk amongst your fellow bishops about why 53% of Catholics voted for an abortionist, a communist, a man who supported jihadists in Kenya who massacred several thousand Christians, and a man whose pastor urged God to damn America. Maybe you fellows could call this to the Catholic clergy's attention somehow?
(Step 5:) Stop thinking about Pius IX and Christian Socialism. Remember instead good old Pio Nonno's papal prisons, torture and execution of rebels, and repressive government of the Papal States.
Do something ballsy, Your Grace. Call a Crusade. See you on the course.
Keep an eye on this guy. He's going weak in the knees. And head.
I also feel the Bishops will cave.My wife and I have been praying for the Bishops to be courageous.We and a group from our Church will be attending the March 23 noon rally at the Federal Building on Wall Street.The Bishops are only a part of this fight.It is time for the laity to lead.