I was among those who were shocked, baffled, dismayed and frustrated by the intervention of the Holy See to prevent voting by the bishops on known proposals for addressing the issues Cardinal DiNardo noted in his statement. Any actions approved would have been subject to Vatican review.
Despite this surprise directive which changed the tenor of the meeting, it did not deter the discussion. Dialogue among the bishops was spirited, in many ways more direct and heartfelt than those we have had over the years. The resolve of the body of bishops to straightforwardly address the crisis before us was clear, knowing the faithful question our credibility and expect and deserve specific action to prevent the failings of the past to come again.