We say: Francis' vision won't be realized if he loses a generation of Catholics by imposing on them a teaching they have clearly rejected.
Catholic church leaders and scholars are not the only ones praising the 50-year-old church document Nostra Aetate ("In Our Time"), the Second Vatican Council's declaration on relations with non-Christian religions.
During the first part of a May 19-21 symposium on the document at The Catholic University of America, it also got high marks from a U.S. Muslim leader who said Nostra Aetate helps different faiths "recognize common roots and build a new sense of direction."
A Roman Observer: A high-ranking Vatican official recently voiced serious doubts about the need to reform the Roman Curia. He said talk of reform was exaggerated.
Making a Difference: The secular world's view of peace is often referred to as "peace through strength" -- military strength.
Analysis: The cardinals didn't just elect the man but a program, one that found expression in the document produced by the Latin American bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.
Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.
"You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake," he told parishioners after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council.
Appreciation: These two priests were astonishingly gifted leaders who transformed the wider American church from the perch of their beloved Notre Dame.
Appreciation: Holy Cross Fr. Ted Hesburgh was as close to a saint as anyone I have ever known.
At the People's Climate March in New York in September, Veterans for Peace board member Margaret Stevens introduced the new Veterans for Peace vision: Peace at Home, Peace Abroad.
A Roman Observer: How you interpret Humanae Vitae is essential to understanding what Pope Francis "really meant" in his recent remarks on having children. He said so himself.