Commentary: The time Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spent with women religious is a sign of good intent and a step into greater communication.
Commentary: If the church wants to do demonstrate it is not anti-gay, the bishops should publicly oppose policies that prohibit gay youth from joining scouts.
Commentary: Pope Francis has a solid foundation that could help him rebuild a church crumbling under clergy child abuse, disillusioned Catholics and a scandal-plagued bureaucracy.
Commentary: The budget of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan takes from working poor families to spend more on the wealthy. It should be about God's children, not charts.
Commentary: Much of the scandals surrounding the Curia are management problems that can be dealt with using "best practices" of business and government.
Column: Eugene Patterson was a standout in a time when newsroom bravery meant risking your and your family's life.
Rome dispatch: I have learned in Rome that life goes on. However imperfect, the church carries the faithful through their days.
One after another they surface: bemedaled generals coming out of well-pensioned retirements to salute themselves for their military careers of duty-honor-country-valor. They write books, shifting from the martial arts to the literary arts -- aka cashing in.
Commentary: Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow's film "Zero Dark Thirty" than the truth about torture.
Commentary: Tougher gun control laws face an uphill climb, but Obama has the ability and clout to make something happen.