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.
We say: Maybe we're OK with concessions in time of war, but we still have questions as we ponder the capabilities of the state to mine personal information.
We say: The grand notion we Americans have of ourselves can make us blind to the fact that we may not be everything we say we are.