Friends from San Francisco sent me links last week to stories about a group of prominent Roman Catholic laypeople who took out an ad to call for Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. I laughed, not because I think Cordileone should stay, but because (a) Francis is picking his battles right now, and trying to remove Cordileone like this might derail some of his larger projects, and (b) if Francis was going to lean on a bishop to resign, there are at least two others where the case against them continuing in office is much, much stronger.
On Tuesday, one of those bishops resigned, and I stopped laughing.
So did Archbishop Cordileone . . .