Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., who says there is "no reason" for him to say anything about Nancy Pelosi, is another bishop who needs to write his politicians.
I will wait a moment for your peals of laughter to subside -- or your tears. That is because neither the Cardinal nor the Archbishop is likely, to say the least, to write such a letter.
But they should, because of the babies whose lives are at stake. They should also do it just to live up to what they and the rest of our U.S. Bishops say they should do, in their 1998 document Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (click on this post's title):
"29....Nonetheless, some Catholic officials may exclude themselves from the truth by refusing to open their minds to the Church's witness. In all cases, bishops have the duty and pastoral responsibility to continue to challenge those officials on the issue in question and persistently call them to a change of heart. [emphasis added] As bishops we reflect particularly on the words of the Office of Readings:
"Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead, let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ's flock. [emphasis added] Let us preach the whole of God's plan to the powerful and the humble, to rich and to poor, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season, as St. Gregory writes in his book of Pastoral Instruction. -- 10 Boniface, Ep. 78: MGH, Epistolae, 3, 352, 354; from Liturgy of the Hours According to the Roman Rite (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co. 1975)."
"Dogs that do not bark." "Silent onlookers." "Paid servants who run away before the wolf." Note that Ole Q, here, did not write those words. Our bishops themselves quoted them.
May you and I and our bishops take those words to heart and do our duty to speak out in defense of the babies. In season and out of season -- in other words, now and always.