The "church of accidents" Pope Francis described to the Argentine bishops sounds much like the one U.S. Catholic sisters have been building. But what has been their reward?
One lingering question after a triennial meeting of some 800 Catholic sisters: Can the most educated women religious in church history determine their own course?
We say: It's time for the United States to discover its own courage in confronting the ugly truth of relations with Ríos Montt.
We say: Years of elaborate deceptions by Catholic leaders are hardly avenged if the response is more cunning deception by civil society.
But should the NRA and some elected officials succeed in blocking its ratification, they will put the U.S. in league with Iran, Syria and North Korea.
We say: For a community whose narrative is woven with symbols, those advanced by Pope Francis became more awe-inspiring as the days wore on.
“One of the last presidents to balance the budget was Herbert Hoover.” Thus did Republican Congressman Peter King of New York warn his fellow Republicans that their current fixation on cutting government spending and balancing the federal budget might not be an economic winner for the country or a political winner for them.
Austerity plans have failed in every country they have been tried. During tough economic times, it is bad policy to shrink the government sector. It is even worse policy to allow the mindless “sequester” cuts to begin to take hold.
In the opening days of the general congregations, the series of meetings the College of Cardinals convene in the lead-up to the conclave that will choose the next pope, an idea was floated in the Italian press about a way to clean up the governance issues that have plagued the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI’s reign. The idea was to elect one of the over-80-year-old cardinals as pope. Such a pope, a curial old hand, would have a clear understanding of how the Curia actual works and could rein it in.
We say: This is a critical time for the church. Can the global church, mired in an outdated governing system, be effectively managed?
Editorial: The "We didn't know" defense in sex abuse cases wears thin in the light of the recently released documents from Los Angeles.