In a comment on a post below, Sherry Weddell writes:
A while back, I was speaking at a conference with Archbishop Chaput and listened to him passionately plead with his audience to GO INTO POLITICS. But all his audience wanted to talk about was how to force their bishop to issue statements - as though that make the parties all jump to attention.
True, episcopal statements change few minds. And there's an irony in the fact that the people I've run into who are most vocal about the need for their bishop to issue a statement are similarly vocal about how untrustworthy their bishop is as shepherd.
Nevertheless, focusing on getting your bishop to issue statements is a winning proposition.
If your bishop does what you want him to do -- he issues a statement you want him to issue; he doesn't issue a statement you don't want him to issue -- then your righteousness has been confirmed.
If your bishop doesn't do what you want him to do -- he doesn't issue a statement you want him to issue; he issues a statement you don't want him to issue -- then your righteous indignation has been confirmed.