A reader sent along this tidbit from National Review’s The Corner:
Several readers have asked me for Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of politics. As best I can remember, they are:
1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
2. Any organization not explicitly and constitutionally right-wing will sooner or later become left-wing.
3. The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies.
As the reader says, the third law can be applied to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which seems to be under the control of a bureaucracy that holds views that are inimical to the teachings of the Church. And lest I be accused of bishop-hating and Donatism, I don’t mean the bishops, but the mid-level flunkies who really control things there.