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.
We say: While most Catholics outside of Asia have probably never hears of Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, he is well-known as an intellectual architect of the pastoral ideas
We say: The Legion of Christ has been an agency of almost unimaginable fraud, and that should be reason enough for civil authorities to pursue a criminal investigation.
We say: From the start, the pope has been slowly dismantling that portion of the clerical culture that has led to destructive secrecy, corruption and lack of accountability.
We say: A shift in demographics, including drops in the number of priests, is changing the face of U.S. Catholicism.
We say: For her efforts to shed the light on clergy sex abuse, Jennifer Haselberger is NCR's person of the year for 2013.
We say: If the church faces a marketing failure on issues of sexuality, the failure is in listening to its people, not lousy marketing.