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We say: The culture of the Catholic clergy and the state of the episcopacy have come under intense scrutiny as a result of the abuse crisis, but what happened at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' meeting is not encouraging.
NCR Today - A thousand suggestions and hints feed the presumption that clergy are set apart and above the laity. Stopping it seems to me the major objective if abuse is to end.
NCR Today - The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee is asking people to speak up on conditions at South Carolina's Lieber Correctional Institution. I made the call.
Signs of the Times: The U.S. bishops, meeting in Baltimore, felt their house was burning down, and the Vatican was asking them to delay turning on the fire hoses.