When it’s not a matter of doctrine, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz is really the red hat who oversees women religious. Or he’s supposed to be. He seems to want the LCWR/CDF parties to play nice. He insists people aren’t walking away.
There are positive aspects and less positive aspects. We have chosen the path of dialogue. We have to speak positively.
That’s not going to satisfy the bloodlust on the Catholic Right. From what I see in the blogosphere, commentators are still calling for heads. And souls. Since nobody’s going to get burned at the stake, or paraded through cathedrals in irons and dunce caps, this will ultimately prove a deeply dissatisfying exercise for those invested in seeing the sisters suffer.
David Gibson channels Rocco Palmo, who notes that the USCCB has been silent for the past five months:
Bishop Whisperer Rocco Palmo notes lack of response from the national Catholic hierarchy and he raises specter of white flags:
In shift of message strategy, USCCB no longer issuing individual statements on rulings striking down state same-sex marriage bans.
I think they’re still firing people over it, though.
I was thinking about that Australian bishop who floated the balloon that people seeking same-sex unions are paying marriage a compliment. I don’t think it was the same guy whom B16 forced into early retirement.