The midterm elections delivered a resounding verdict of dissatisfaction with Washington in general and President Barack Obama in particular.
We say: Obama's executive order deferring deportation for some 5 million undocumented Americans is a step in the right direction.
Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates currently charged to people in several states.
Eighty activists from 22 states came to Washington in hopes of shaping new regulations that are expected from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many of their congregations are surrounded by payday loan businesses that they say prey on poor residents by charging high interest rates and creating a cycle of debt.
A Capuchin friar is trying to bring the issue of wage disparity to some of the richest people in the country by submitting shareholder resolutions citing companies' own reports.
I applaud President Obama’s executive action on allowing many hardworking and lawful undocumented immigrants to be spared from deportation.
We say: More money was spent on congressional races this year than ever before: $4 billion nationally. And as worrying as the amount of money is its source.
"As we rejoice tonight, we are also fully aware that the president's action is a temporary fix and that we must continue the hard work of promoting comprehensive reform."
Uncommon bedfellows. But will the bishops go public?
We say: It is fascinating in this era of episcopal fixation on religious liberty to hear little objection to ongoing wars, drone campaigns and increasing militarism of U.S. culture.
Two bishops sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking for executive action "to protect undocumented individuals and families as soon as possible, within the limits of your executive authority."