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.
We say: Obama's executive order deferring deportation for some 5 million undocumented Americans is a step in the right direction.
We say: More money was spent on congressional races this year than ever before: $4 billion nationally. And as worrying as the amount of money is its source.
We say: It is difficult to imagine a gathering of bishops called to discuss important issues of the day with the expectation that they would not generate disagreement among themselves.
We say: The Vatican under Francis is acting. This is progress and portends of more action. This is something to applaud.