There are tea parties, and then there are what you might call "Holy Trini-tea" parties. One of the latter recently took place in Baltimore, doing to my more liberal Catholic brethren what the tea- party movement did to secular progressives on Nov. 2. According to an Associated Press report, written in the breathless language of a political dispatch, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected president of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops this week in what was described as a historic "upset."
The significance? Well, for starters, it's the first time in almost 50 years that a sitting vice president of the conference has been defeated for the top spot.
More important, it's a clear shot across the bow to the wing of the church that believes Vatican II didn't go far enough. Tucson, Ariz., Bishop Gerald Kicanas, a favorite of liberal Catholics, was considered a shoo-in, and his defeat was a stunning rejection of the leftward tilt some church leaders (and many in the laity) have embraced in recent years.
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