While the response of the Vatican to calls for change, investigation, admission and openness over child abuse scandals remains culpably defensive, other Catholics have been speaking and acting much more positively.
In the matter of clerical abuse, justice must be done, says Martin Marty. But how and by whom the story gets told also matters. So why have Protestants and other Christians been so relatively quiet on the Catholic crisis?
The prohibition on open debate about drugs policy in Britain and globally has not yet disappeared, says Mick Moore. But it must end. We need informed, expert opinion and a move from the 'prohibition' versus 'legalisation' stand-off towards humane control and regulation.
The monumental child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is providing endless fuel for its detractors. But the pain and outrage of millions of loyal Catholics is just as real - and can be a harbinger of deep change.