Chastened Catholic bishops told they have to reform themselves
On Monday, various speakers reiterated that they were not about to change their beliefs or policy positions, but they indicated they have to rethink their strategy. Dolanís approach in his presidential address was to repeatedly stress the theme of humility and the need for bishops to go to confession to renew themselves spiritually so that they can then preach their message more effectively.
Dolanís remarks marked a striking change of tone from the assertive and even aggressive rhetoric that the hierarchy deployed during the campaign season.
Now, with Obama back for another four years, the bishops recognize that they have an uphill task in trying to change the administrationís mandate that requires employers to provide free contraception insurance coverage, and in halting the acceptance of gay rights.
They vowed to try to win their case in the courts, where possible, but said they will also try to rebuild bridges to the Obama administration.
1. Freedom of religion is NOT a matter of faith or morals.
I keep saying this over and over. I understand that it is guaranteed by the Constitution, but the Constitution was not divinely inspired. As private citizens, Bishops have the same rights as other Catholics to sue for their (civil) rights, but I resent the use of Church funds to pay to the lawsuits.