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The Religious Novel

Notes on the necessary balance between 'the man who believes' and 'the man who writes.' On October 30th, 1929, André Gide finished reading...

The American War

WHAT ARE THE reasons for the current revival of interest in the Civil War? That there is such a revival is undeniable. Books on the War pour off the presses every...

Waterfront Priest

Last winter, when waterfront racketeering was front-page news, a tall, intense, youthfully balding New York Irishman wearing the cassock of a Jesuit priest aroused...

Zeal: A Short Story

SOUTH of St. Paul the conductor appeared at the head of the coach, held up his ticket punch, and clicked it. The Bishop felt for his ticket. It was there. "I...

Self-Denial and the Christian

JESUS CHRIST, Who demanded that His disciples leave all things, take up their cross and follow Him, insisted that He was not of this world (John 8: 23). The reason...

Commonweal in the 1940s

Commonweal is celebrating ninety years of publication by featuring some of the best stories from each of our nine decades in print. Here we highlight the 1940s.

The Christian in Politics

Is there a Christian politics? Christian political thinkers and leaders have defined and described what they consider the ideal Christian State. Some have seen this...

A Protestant Looks at Catholics

THOUGH the Catholic may find the practice dubious, every  discussion of the Catholic Church, at least in America, is bound to begin  with the issue of the...

Horror and Shame

Two months ago we were writing about poison gas. We said: "To the Orient we are bringing the latest inventions of our civilization. There is only one we have...

Rural Proletarianization Goes on Apace; City Unemployment Continues

In such periods of transition as ours, consciousness lags behind realities. The prevailing consciousness of our age is still the consciousness of the exclusive...

Paul Rosenfeld: Prompter of Fiction

On a night in November 1913, between 42nd and 43rd streets in New York, Paul Rosenfeld, then a young man recently out of Yale and waiting for a job to open up on...

Poetry and the Contemplative Life

The term “contemplative life" is one that is much mistreated. It is more often used than defined, and that is why arguments about the respective merits...
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