We say: There is no denying it — fossil fuels lead to death. But the COP27 negotiators chose to remain attentive to the influence of the fossil fuel industry and to a political culture of instant gratification.
We say: For their conference president, U.S. bishops chose a culture warrior known for opposing the priorities of Pope Francis. Despite Francis' attempts to be a more welcoming church, the U.S. bishops seem out of step.
We say: An intruder broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home and assaulted her husband, Paul. But outrage over political violence is replaced with misinformation. Catholics must oppose both violence and lies.
We say: More transparency from the Vatican is the only way to heal after decades of this scourge of sex abuse and cover-up. Recent cases prove that now is the time for greater transparency and less secrecy.
It's not hard to determine that using vulnerable people as objects to a political end is not consistent with Catholic teaching about humans' inherent dignity. We're talking to you, Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis.
We say: It is clear through both words and actions that creation care is a priority of the Vatican and the leader of the Catholic Church. Yet, it continues to feel like the U.S. bishops have missed the memo.
We say: President Biden recently signed the first piece of gun control legislation in nearly 30 years. We understand the legislative process, and we know that you can't get everything in Washington. Still, we want more.