I sense a feeling in some quarters of disquiet, or even panic, because more prelates than the Four haven't made more noise about Amoris laetitia. I would remind such critics that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Very soon after this document was published, Cardinal Mueller, addressing seminarians, explained that nothing has changed; that the teaching of Familiaris consortio and Sacramentum caritatis is still fully in place. He concluded his assertion with the cheeful "it's-obvious-isn't-it" observation that, if a Roman Pontiff wanted to change such important teaching, he would so explicitly and with full explanations.
The widespread opinion, which seems to me plausible, is that Bergoglio in fact is trying to create ambiguity and confusion and grey areas so that, in the fulness of time, heterodox conclusions will emerge from the mess ... while he, Bergoglio, will be immune to any accusation of teaching explicit heresy. OK; if that's right, do you really expect Mueller to say it? Do you in effect expect the Muellers of this world to resign noisily and thus vacate areas of power for dodgy Bergoglians to be put into? Do you think Bergoglio is happy with Mueller? Why do you suppose he sent von Schoenborn, instead of Mueller, to do the Amoris laetitia News Conference?
Or take Archbishop Chaput. He worked hard and fast and got his diocesan guidelines out. No grass grew under his feet. Kevin "Bergoglio-is-the-voice-of-the-Holy-Spirit" Farrell criticised him and yet again dragged the Holy Spirit into his expression of his opinions*. Chaput neatly replied that Farrell had not in fact been a witness of the first synod and had clearly not read the Philadelphia regulations. He then very defly dealt with the idea that Episcopal Conferences should get themselves behind Amoris laetitia, by pointing out that diocesan bishops, not conferences, were responsible for their dioceses ... and that each bishop individually really loves the Holy Father simply to bits! This man is no fool and no coward. The first American pope?
I rejoice in the initative of the Four. I suspect that other prelates may have whispered in Pope Francis' ear that they agree with the Four; but out of affection and loyalty are not saying so publicly. Why do you think Bergoglio cancelled the talking-shop before the Consistory? Perhaps he, unlike the amnesiac Kev, remembers that there were some quite amusingly noisy episodes during the synods.
And it rather looks as though, in the pleasant anonymity of their polling booths, the American bishops have been contentedly unwilling to vote for Bergoglio's cronies and favourites.
Miaow! Or, to put it quite differently, Miaow!
*"Each bishop in his diocese has to set certain rules and parameters, but at the same time, I think that they need to be open to listening to the Holy Spirit ..." Ah, the naive, the child-like arrogance of this individual!