Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the band played on

Oh, good. The US bishops announce that they remain in “dialogue” with the heads of Catholic colleges and universities about the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Their report tells us:
Clarity about Catholic identity among college and university leadership has fostered substantive dialogues and cultivated greater mission driven practices across the university. In acknowledging that much progress has been made, we recognize there is still work to be done.

Well, that makes everything perfectly clear, doesn’t it?
Look: Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which called upon bishops to ensure the authentic Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities, was released in 1990. A child born that year is now an adult-possibly a graduate of one of those Catholic institutions. Our bishops are still talking about it, and happily reporting “progress on courtesy and cooperation in the last ten years.”