Editorial: The "We didn't know" defense in sex abuse cases wears thin in the light of the recently released documents from Los Angeles.
We say: The continued objections say more about a division within the U.S. bishops' conference than the administration's willingness to accommodate.
We say: The rebuke of L.A. Cardinal Mahony and release of documents are a moral victory -- an imperfect victory, but a victory nonetheless.
We say: What the church finds deserving of its wrath in light of what it will tolerate to preserve the clerical culture is increasingly inexplicable to anyone outside that culture.
We say: Gun control is a pro-life issue and the time has come for U.S. Catholics to weave strong gun control legislation into the list of life issues demanding our attention.
Our person of the year is circumspect and has a reputation for being an active Catholic who attends his children's sporting events.
We say: There have been many stories of darkness recently, but we hope the sun of justice can return.
We say: Notre Dame, with the approval of its local bishop, has decided to establish a student organization for LGBT students, a move that deserves recognition.
We say: The Catholic church teaches that the economy is made for the people, not the other way around. The government would be wise to follow that idea.
We say: Barring women from ordination to the Catholic priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand. The call to the priesthood is a gift from God.