Commentary: My wife and I signed the Daily Theology statement calling on all U.S. bishops to submit their resignations to Pope Francis, just as all of Chile's 34 bishops have done. Not to be dismissed as a provocative stunt, in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, their challenge reads more like a respectful invitation.
For more than 15 years, Kathy Shaw played a remarkable behind-the-scenes role as the driving force of the Abuse Tracker blog. We have her to thank for getting the abuse story out.
Appreciation: In ways big and small, Catholicism animated a half-century of service by a woman who could never fully embrace its particulars. Davida Coady died May 3 at age 80.
The Field Hospital: Gathering the way we did without a priest made me wonder about similar meals of remembrance in the early church. And what future gatherings might be like as the number of Catholic priests continues its insistent decline.