Commonweal in the 1960s
Priestly celibacy, the necessity of religious dress for nuns, liturgical renewal, Catholicism's response to race and civil rights: These, in addition of course to birth control, were some of the issues Commonweal covered in the 1960s, during which its editorial stance can be said to have been exemplified by the editors' call for reform to "become a fact instead of an unobserved catchword."
As we continue to mark our ninetieth year in publication, here we focus on Commonweal in the 1960s.
Bernard Häring writes on the unprecedented "earthquake in the Church" caused by the release of Humanae Vitae; Thomas Merton weighs the "possibility" and "probability" of the destruction of the human race by nuclear weapons; Gertrud Heinzelmann looks at the call of women to the full pastoral office in Evangelical-Reformed and Protestant churches in Western Europe; and Michael Harrington writes on the meanings of "America" in his review of Robert Frank's "brilliant collection of photographs, The Americans."
Commonweal's editors write on attending the "liturgical ceremony" of a draft-card burning in New York's Union Square in 1965; Daniel and Phillip Berrigan contribute dispatches from Selma, Alabama, and the Baltimore City Jail; William F. Buckley and William Clancy debate being Catholic in the modern world; and Linda Kuehl speaks with Joyce Carol Oates, just after the release of her novel Them.