Support from Pope Francis, the representative of the ecclesiastical institution and tradition, means more than just comforting and encouraging words.
Analysis: While reading the interview, I felt like I was in a Jesuit living room having a conversation with a brother. Let me share with you my first reactions.
It is disappointing "to see the Boy Scouts of America succumb to external pressures and political causes at the cost of its moral integrity," one bishop said.
Analysis: A change in administration always triggers a game of musical chairs, and it's well underway in the Vatican right now.
The church faces three temptations, according to Pope Francis: the temptation to turn the Gospel message into an ideology; the temptation to run the church like a business; and the temptation of clericalism. In an address July 28 to the episcopal council of CELAM, the Latin American conference of bishops, Pope Francis laid out these temptations and how the church should respond to them.
Analysis: Pope Francis made only one trip to Brazil to mark World Youth Day. Existentially, however, the outing was actually more akin to four trips in one.
Analysis: Two of Pope Francis' addresses in Brazil gave clues about where he wants to lead the church and the bishops.
Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.
The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
Analysis: Abortion opponents thought the case could reshape the abortion debate. Yet the prayers for an impact from the Gosnell conviction may go unanswered.