Distinctly Catholic commentary: The professional class of the aggrieved is facilitated by Twitter and the news organizations that cover tweets as if they were stories.
A few hours before the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly opened Wednesday in St. Louis, the meeting already had begun.
Tweets were trickling out from bishops, media and observers using the hashtag #usccb15. Among their first items to share: a link to the live stream of the proceedings, bishops making their presence known and media types encouraging followers to watch their live coverage.
Standing on the sidewalk outside an imposing downtown church, Michael Corral carried a portable loudspeaker and a handmade wooden cross with an old-fashioned message: "REPENT & BELIEVE."
"They're twisting Scripture to see through their sins," he said, as a group of pro-LGBT evangelicals met inside.
Meanwhile, halfway across the country, conservative activist Eric Teetsel was monitoring the same conference from his home in Kansas, firing off 140-character tweets using the conference hashtag, #TRPinDC.
A study out last month named Pope Francis as the most influential world leader on Twitter for the second year in a row.
Six months ago, NCR's Facebook page hovered at around 10,000 likes. Since then, we've experienced meteoric growth, and over Easter weekend, we hit 50,000 followers who hail from all over the world, including some wonderful followers from the Philippines and Nigeria.
NCR Today: In a fascinating NPR interview, Msgr. Daniel Gallagher explained how he translates the pope's tweets from modern languages into Latin.