We say: The Vatican under Francis is acting. This is progress and portends of more action. This is something to applaud.
We say: St. Paul-Minneapolis officials have spent more effort attempting to conceal their negligence than they have being candid with their parishioners.
We say: That year is important because it was the year the U.S. took its first steps down a regrettable path that has gone on for nearly 25 years.
We say: The first step in breaking this cycle of violence is for the parties to accept the other's right to exist peacefully in states of their own.
We say: The bishops seem unaware of these threatening obstacles, many of them inherent in the very culture out of which the bishops work.
We say: Are we, as a nation, incapable of renouncing weapons that kill mostly innocent civilians? Then why the resistance to sign a treaty banning land mines?
We say: Perhaps it is only through future cases that the country will learn whether this ruling is narrow or "a decision of startling breadth."
We say: The Cold War has ended, but "deterrence" policies generated within that era remain intact, perpetuated by outdated circumstances and fears.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.