...In the opening minutes of their meeting, the bishops heard a surprising report: Pope Francis had asked them not to vote on any of their proposals.It's time-consuming to shred or burn all the documentary evidence in the Vatican's archives and its diplomatic outpost cabinets and safes.
The pope does not want U.S. bishops to act to address bishops’ accountability on sexual abuse until he leads a worldwide meeting in February of church leaders, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, told the gathered bishops as the meeting opened Monday morning.
“At the insistence of the Holy See, we will not be voting on the two action items,” DiNardo said....
And it's tone-deaf, a mark of a dictatorial temperament. Pp. Franny could have allowed the US Bishops to pass all the "reform" resolutions they want, and then just sat on them in Rome until after the February meeting
Instead, he telegraphs culpability. And all these years we thought Jesuits were smart cookies. Ha!