Much of the Catholic blogosphere is overjoyed by this appointment. I'm happy, but my optimism is guarded. Folks, I just don't trust these nameless bureaucrats at the USCCB. If they manage to hog-tie Reyes, he won't be their first victim. Moreover, bear in mind that after January, John Carr will be setting up shop at Catholic University. Those unfamiliar with the layout of Washington DC probably don't realize that the USCCB offices and Catholic University are within easy walking distance of each other. Carr could still make his influence felt; the impact of a 25-year tenure doesn't just vanish overnight.
So pardon me for sounding cynical, but I'm not prepared to break out the bubbly just yet. However,I believe the optimism generated by Reyes' appointment will be justified if:
- Ralph McCloud, current national director of CCHD (and former campaign treasurer for pro-abort Texan Wendy Davis), is fired and replaced with someone with traditional credentials similar to Reyes's
- Serious, immediate and palpable reforms are made to the CCHD grant-awarding processes - with transparency
- Reyes dismantles that Catholic Climate Covenant boondoggle
- Reyes expels Just Faith from the social concerns offices of all levels of Catholic ecclesiastical structures
- The mishmosh known as Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is replaced by a clear, unambiguous document that clearly lays out the necessity of voting for pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage candidates and the sinfulness of voting for a "pro-choice" candidate.
This list of needed reforms is by no means exhaustive. I'll be happy if he can make steady progress on these. Who knows? Maybe I can cease calling for the abolition of the USCCB!