We say: In the current circumstances, the possibilities are simply nightmarish of lethal, unwanted and ongoing unintended consequences of war with Syria.
One line from Pope Francis' impromptu news conference with reporters aboard the papal plane as it flew from Brazil to Rome last month quickly became a setup for comedians around the world.
Responding to a question about gay priests, Francis said, now famously, "If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?"
Comedians, unable to resist this setup from the ultimate straight man, responded: "Who are you to judge? You're the pope. Judging is in your job description."
We say: The rush for ideological purity in the Republican-controlled House has become so noxious it threatens the most basic safety net programs for our neediest citizens.
We say: In the face of many difficulties, the voice and role of Catholic peace leaders is as urgent as ever.
We say: Pope Francis' approving the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II July 5 has been called a brilliant move to unify the church.
We say: Doing unto others what we would have them do unto us requires both knowing ourselves well enough to really want to know what the other thinks and feels.
We say: We applaud Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican bank and encourage a thorough examination of the bank's processes and practices.
We say: Pope Francis has a list of things he'd like to see in new bishops, and we hope papal ambassadors will keep them in mind.
We say: Pope Francis wants the church's leaders to smell like their sheep. Critics of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development seem to want a sanitized and odorless church.
We say: It's been six months since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the wheels of justice continue to grind, but slowly.