Commonweal Confronts the Century

Commonweal Confronts the Century
Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition
Edited by Patrick Jordan \& Paul Baumann
Touchstone, $18, 411 pp.

This fat anthology is, as you might expect, deeply depressing. The material-the rise of Nazism, the Great Depression, the war in Vietnam-dictates it. But these pages are also exhilarating reading, especially, I would think, for Catholics. Whatever the catastrophe-the injustice, the evil, the breadlines, concentration camps, the unenlightening encyclical-Commonweal was there to face it, to mark the truth and consequences.


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About the Author

Mary McGrory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, died in April 2004.