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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Feb 05, 2021

 Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

There’s a battle brewing within the US bishops’ conference, and it could be a boon to the faithful.

As our regular readers already know, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago was unhappy with the statement issued by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the episcopal conference, on the election of President Biden. Archbishop Gomez was polite, but unmistakably critical of Biden’s support for abortion. The criticism did not sit well with Cardinal Cupich.

Ordinarily American bishops do their best to keep their disagreements private. But Cardinal Cupich took to Twitter to decry the “ill-considered statement,” claiming that it “came as a surprise to many bishops,” and pointed to “internal institutional failures” in the bishops’ conference.  …Continue reading >>>