Was Cardinal George’s blunder a bigger clunker? It was post-charter. It ignored his own review board–supposed experts not unlike those who were listened to in the bad ol’ 70’s and 80’s.
For the record, I’ve been critical of the current veep as well as the outgoing prez (here and in other posts). My across-the-board snark is probably more due to my cynicism on leadership than my being an equal-opportunity liberal.
I don’t know that there’s an easy answer for the bishops. Undoubtedly they don’t want their politics pushed by mere lay people. They can afford to ignore the laity. Unlike the pope, another elected figure, the USCCB head doesn’t really mean anything more than chairing meetings and talking to the press.
Anyway, it seems it was all decided three years ago. Of more interest is who’s on the ballot for the 2010 vice presidency. Anybody know? Anybody talking?