NCR Editorial: Pope Francis isn't interested in a church that wins culture wars. He wants a church that transforms cultures.
In recent decades, those looking into the Catholic world have been conditioned to think that the only really important papal statements are those having to do with sexual ethics. All other teachings came wrapped in endless possibilities for "prudential judgment," an inflated way of saying that other matters -- war, poverty, exploitation of the poor and of the Earth -- were of secondary importance and easily negotiated away.
Editorial: We hope that during his U.S. visit, Pope Francis looks policymakers in the eye and tells it like it is about the threat of nuclear weapons.
Editorial: The question that the synod is forcing us to confront is if we have created a mistaken notion of the ideal, and the challenge is to create a new ideal that embraces new realities.
Editorial: The Second Amendment is not in jeopardy. It is not going to be revoked or altered. The right to bear arms will not be abridged.
Editorial: The world truly is safer with the Iran deal than without it. Applying pressure to our elected representatives will keep us on this path to peace.
Editorial: The 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provides a fleeting opportunity to consider the impact of a nuclear exchange.
We say: Come September and Francis' visit, we all are likely to be shaken to our roots by a much-expanded definition of Catholic orthodoxy.
We say: In the wake of the same-sex marriage ruling, the church needs a "take a deep breath" approach.
We say: The church has made progress in addressing the sexual abuse scandal, but none of it happened voluntarily. All of it was forced by public pressure.