American bishops returning home after four days of what they call "friendly, cordial" exchanges at the Vatican are promising their independent-minded flock that the U.S. church will receive no jolts.

They say they came to Rome to listen and be heard, and accomplished that.If the summoning by the pope of the U.S. hierarchy seemed extraordinary, and if the two sides said not all their differences were meant to be resolved in Rome, the Americans nonetheless left the impression that both sides agreed to leave things be and not pursue any substantial follow-up action.

Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston said he didn't see the meeting triggering a "great moment of change" in the U.S. church.