David Gibson has a good wrap of the bishops' meeting, note his title: Catholic Bishops Look to Get Their House in Order.
The election of moderate bishops to specific committee chairs had struck me as well, the key point for me is that this is not a choice for bishops with "mushy" convictions over those with different, hard-right convictions. Instead, it's a style thing -- what these elections are saying is that, in general, most U.S. bishops prefer a working style of pastoral engagement rather than the constant drama mode of calling in the cameras and drawing a line in the sand.
This is heartening.
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