From our bulging “We have the bishops we want” files

The basic contract of the American laity with our leadership is, “We’ll be content with a few child rapes and other indiscretions if you’ll just leave us alone.” The “leave us alone” portion of that contract is in abundant evidence in this little dispute, replayed in various forms in parishes, schools and college all over the country. As long as the contract is obeyed, we won’t worry too much if bishops fail to police their priests.