“Many of our faithful and many of our priests are troubled and confused by the positions contrary to Catholic teaching sometimes taken by men and women in political office in every level of government

“Many of our faithful and many of our priests are troubled and confused by the positions contrary to Catholic teaching sometimes taken by men and women in political office in every level of government and on both sides of the aisle,” Cardinal McCarrick said. Bishops lined up at the microphones to comment, some of them stressing that any policy on Catholic politicians must include sanctions on those who err. Bishop Sylvester Ryan of the Diocese of Monterey, Calif., said any sanctions would have to take political party structure into account.