The Field Hospital: Fr. Philip Bochanski says Courage feels supported by Pope Francis' encouragement to accompany those "with same-sex attraction" on their spiritual journeys.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
Distinctly Catholic: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz's last presidential address as leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, like his tenure, was a missed opportunity.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
St. Augustine: "Rome fell. America might. Augustine helps us understand and respond," tweeted Catholic writer Ryan Anderson.
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.
Distinctly Catholic: Talks by Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Bishop Danny Flores of Brownsville, Texas, evidenced the culture warrior tendency of the one given by Archbishop Chaput.
NCR Today: There can be no doubt now that Pope Francis is indeed seeking to remake the church into his own image.
Distinctly Catholic: Last week, Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered another classic culture warrior speech, and his view of the church concerns me.
In a speech Wednesday at the University of Notre Dame, Chaput criticized Vice President Joe Biden, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.