With a pope who is trying "to light a fire in the heart of the world," the bishop of Innsbruck, Austria, seems to be throwing cold water on the entire project.
Opinion: Survivors who meet with Pope Francis should be supported. It is an act of great courage and no victim should be forced or guilted out of it.
Viewpoint: Hans Küng provides grounds for the inner courage that is needed to begin efforts that will accelerate that positive change in the Catholic church.
Opinion: Lent is over and as the frozen pipes loosen and my sewage flows freely again, I will sing alleluia this Easter season with a vigor and joy.
Opinion: To prevent future tragedies fueled by hate like Sunday's shooting at a Jewish community center, we must begin by getting to know others and showing we care.
Opinion: It seems administrators in some Catholic schools are prepared to post signs that say, "No gay people need apply."
Opinion: Francis can earn little credibility about his devotion to the poor if he does not first embrace those whose lives have been impoverished by his church.
Viewpoint: The UN interrogation of the Vatican about priestly child abuse is long overdue, but it remains to be seen how effective Pope Francis' child abuse commission will be.
Since the military coup in Egypt last July, regime opponents have seen deaths, political charges and a repressive anti-protest law.
Opinion: Fr. Isaac McDaniel imagines a conversation between two cardinals who aren't quite pleased with the way Pope Francis is running the church.