Distinctly Catholic: There are deeper problems with the "Faithful Citizenship" document, problems that demand the bishops start from scratch, and not just that the text does not reflect the papal magisterium.
The most intense discussion during the U.S. bishops' Nov. 11-13 meeting concerned whether opposition to abortion is the "preeminent" issue. Others called for attention to immigration and the environment.
Distinctly Catholic: With the hearings underway, the political calculus for both parties necessarily changes. The American people must be engaged; from here on, their will should prove itself increasingly manifest.