From Rome, the immediate past president of the bishops’ conference, Cardinal George of Chicago writes:
This is the first time in the history of the United States that a presidential administration has purposely tried to interfere in the internal working of the Catholic Church, playing one group off against another for political gain. What isn’t always understood is that the Bishops of the Church make no attempt to speak for all Catholics; they never have. The Bishops speak for the Catholic and apostolic faith, and those who hold that faith gather around them. Others disperse.
That’s for sure.
Or as a friend puts it: “As in Gethsemane … “