(C)hurch law – “was ever intended to be used” to bring politicians to heel. “I stand with the great majority of American bishops and bishops around the world in saying (canon law) was never intended to be used this way.”
The archbishop thinks raising the decibel level isn’t as convincing as other methods:
“I would hope that with quiet, articulate persuasion, hearts can be changed. When we were growing up, one way we knew to pay attention was when my father spoke very softly and slowly; then we knew we were in trouble.”
But maybe a few surprises lurk in this interview. He thinks FOCA is no phantom. He think Notre Dame erred by inviting and honoring the president. He’s not calling for “disinvite,” so I’m not sure if he actually counts in the bishops vs university tally.