We say: It is no coincidence that the Vatican jousting with U.S. nuns came to a conciliatory end under the papacy of Francis.
We say: The agreement with Iran is a practical, common-sense approach with the right kinds of carrots and sticks to keep all sides motivated and engaged.
We say: The trouble with Indiana's religious freedom law is in how it was conceived. Instead of appeasing conservative voters, the law tossed a grenade into the community.
We say: The WASPish presumptions that undergirded 200 years of cultural cohesion are fading under the pressure of an unprecedented pluralism.
We say: Any assessment of Pope Francis would do best to first deal with the unrealistic expectations that often drive the discussion over whether he is a true reformer.
We say: Obama doesn't need fast-track authority, and the citizens in the 12-nation partnership don't need this trade deal.
We say: In the civil rights struggle, sacrifice is inevitable, but "there are degrees of martyrdom volunteers must offer."
We say: Soon, we will see either a plan to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran's arsenal or a newly isolated Iran again racing to develop nuclear weapons.
We say: The use of torture and its promotion by U.S. government personnel is an indelible stain upon the nation's conscience. It will not wash off.
We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"