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?"
We say: Francis is making moves -- a change in culture, personnel to support the reform and new structures, policies and procedures to make it work.
We say: Christmas has yet to find a voice within the virtual search engines that read our desires. Advent is our annual wakeup call.
We say: The release of the report on torture is a first step in truth-telling, but reconciliation requires more. It requires justice.
We say: The spotlight is bright on newly installed Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich as this prominent pick by Pope Francis sends a signal.