“The Church isn’t a democracy,” goes the old canard, but that doesn’t stop American conservatives from lobbying the new-fashioned way. It can’t be a bad assignment, really. Nine buddies on a five-day tour of Roman prelates. More of that FOCA chain: fringe pro-lifers can’t prevent women from having abortions so they go after the doctors; they can’t prevent the doctors so they go after the legislators; they can’t stop the legislators so they go after the Communion Ministers; they can’t convince the Communion administrators so they go after the bishops. And now that the Washington-area bishops demur at wingnuttery, they go to Rome.
So, what’s it been now? Fifty-two days? Meanwhile, precious time was lost on ESCR. Nice work, people. The pro-life political arm diddles five places removed from actual abortions, continues to look like deranged and embittered Republicans, and marginalizes much of the movement in the public eye.