We say: Reflecting on Mandela, it lifts our spirits to recall that the ideals of freedom and equality cannot be contained behind prison bars.
We say: One would think five national memorial services for the victims of mass shootings in four years would have galvanized a nation to act to end gun violence.
We say: In Francis, we see a great deal of discontinuity with Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II. And it is about time.
NCR normally doesn't feel compelled to comment on individual bishops' actions in their home dioceses. Local Catholics and media are better prepared to address local concerns. However, the prayers of exorcism for same-sex marriage that Bishop Thomas Paprocki* of Springfield, Ill., conducted Nov. 20 seemed so outrageous, we thought a comment was warranted.
We say: What were the bishops thinking when they approved the development of a pastoral statement on pornography but never mentioned its dangerous effects on clergy?
We say: If Pope Francis wants to sustain Catholics' interest and excitement, the time is fast approaching when he must deliver something tangible.
We say: Anyone looking at the published agenda of the meeting of the USCCB would say that an efficient, business-like organization could deal with that in half a day.
We say: Long overdue in the American church is a reasoned and deep discussion of U.S. militarism, the proper use of force, and the role of people of faith.
We say: Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy in an essay in America magazine outlines a compelling argument for recalibrating the church's involvement in the public square.
We say: There are plenty of other stained-glass ceilings in this church that women could break if only Pope Francis would let them.