“The bishops … speak for the church in matters of faith and in moral issues and the laws surrounding them,” he said. “All the rest is opinion, often well-considered opinion and important opinion that deserves a careful and respectful hearing, but still opinion.”
“We need to be deeply concerned, however, about the wound to the church’s unity that has been inflicted in this debate and I hope, trusting in the good will of all concerned, that means can be found to restore the seamless garment of ecclesial communion,” he added.
Cardinal George also dismissed arguments that the Catholic bishops couldn’t understand the complexities of the ObamaCare bill — a sarcastic, though sometimes genuine, argument detractors have made.
“If you will excuse my saying so, this implies either that no one can understand or judge complicated pieces of legislation, in which case it is immoral to act until sufficient clarity is obtained, or it is to say that only bishops are too dense to understand complicated pieces of legislation,” Cardinal George said to laughter.It was a little nuanced but I suppose he is speaking to dense people and so publum may be in order. I will say that the Pope speaks for the Church and the Bishops who said the same thing as the Pope speak for the Church. The USCCB has a small window to get on the road to having followers. If they make the wrong move, they will be pushed out of the way of unity with our Pope.
Choose well fellas while the rest of us pray.
WaPo reports there's some last minute politicking going on the inside which is what I hear from my sources as well.