We say: The symbolic doors of mercy, unsealed and opened in Rome and in dioceses and parishes around the globe have urged conversion and renewal while there is still time.
We say: The process in Colombia is a sober reminder that achieving peace more often than not involves a long and difficult slog out of the horrors of war.
We say: Cardinal Timothy Dolan's effort in designing a compensation program for victims of clergy sex abuse works against a history of activity of the U.S. hierarchy that does not inspire trust.
Editorial: With his new cardinal appointments, Francis is walking past some of the old established sees, and going to the peripheries of the church.
Editorial: By emphasizing a single issue and making it obligatory to vote according to a candidate's stance on that issue, bishops put many Catholics in a difficult position.
Editorial: The opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture justifies hope that our better angels will ultimately prevail.
Editorial: Those of us who want action on poverty as a national priority can do two things ahead of Election Day.
NCR Editorial: Catholics have found practical, workable solutions to the violence that plagues our world. Now is the time to make peacemaking a primary ministry of the Catholic church.
With fewer than three months remaining in this quite strange political season, the question is: Will we acquiesce to a new normal in which all previous boundaries of decency and propriety are obliterated, where ignorance of policy and disdain for statecraft is applauded and in which no attack on the opposition is deemed too coarse?
Editorial: Pope Francis' appointment Aug. 2 of the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate stood adage about the church thinking in centuries on its head.