Make room for bishops who want to act

Many uncertainties surround the February meeting in Rome on the sex-abuse crisis. But two things — regrettably — are certain: First, we can expect the actual event and its sequels to be sharply politicized, as everything is in public life at this moment, including the Church. And second, little else. Still, we can hope that at least some new space may be created for bishops who want to act, in addition to talk — notably among them, many American bishops.