We say: The Cold War has ended, but "deterrence" policies generated within that era remain intact, perpetuated by outdated circumstances and fears.
We say: People of nontraditional sexual orientation no longer engage in self-sequester. That age has passed, and it has little to do with willful disregard for church teaching.
We say: Yes, the rich are growing richer, but the concentration of wealth is more extreme than most imagine. This is sparking a new look at poverty.
We say: Sixty words have defined our foreign policy and shaped our domestic policy for 13 years. It's time to end this culture of war.
We say: The scandal of this crisis is not only the actions of individual priests but with church structures that allowed bishops, chancery personnel to hide crimes and ignore victims.
We say: Pope Francis' seven-word tweet appeared as if, history now behind him, Pope Francis was telling us where we have to go, as a church and human family.
We say: Sending these two popes off to another level of citizenship within the community of Christians makes the inescapable point that the church is a dynamic organism.
We say: It's tempting to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, it's the clerical system that's broken.
We say: Francis' delight in stirring things up is no more evident than in the preparation for the October's Synod of Bishops.
We say: The U.N. report may have been flawed, but in the essential matters of the clergy sex abuse crisis, the report was simply naming the truth.