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.
We say: St. Paul-Minneapolis officials have spent more effort attempting to conceal their negligence than they have being candid with their parishioners.
We say: That year is important because it was the year the U.S. took its first steps down a regrettable path that has gone on for nearly 25 years.
We say: The first step in breaking this cycle of violence is for the parties to accept the other's right to exist peacefully in states of their own.
We say: The bishops seem unaware of these threatening obstacles, many of them inherent in the very culture out of which the bishops work.
We say: Are we, as a nation, incapable of renouncing weapons that kill mostly innocent civilians? Then why the resistance to sign a treaty banning land mines?