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The Popes and Agriculture

One late afternoon in June, 1741, Pope Benedict XIV was walking slowly up the hill which leads to the main entrance of Castel Gandolfo, followed by a small retinue...

Dealer in Diamonds and Rhinestones

Mr. Pegler, on hearing about Scott Fitzgerald's death in 1941, said it "recalls memories of a queer bunch of undisciplined and self-indulgent brats who...

Native Daughter: An Indictment of White America by a Colored Woman

As a Negro, I have been greatly pleased to note the haste with which the literary world has acclaimed Richard Wright, author of the book Native Son, as the greatest...

Commonweal in the 1930s

Commonweal is in its ninetieth year of publication. To mark the occasion, we're featuring stories from each of the nine decades we've been in print. Here, the 1930s.

Commonweal in the 1920s

Commonweal is currently in its ninetieth year of publication, and to mark the anniversary we're featuring stories from each of the nine decades we've been in print.

The President's Message: A Symposium

THE PRESIDENT’S annual message to Congress this year was of such interest and importance that THE COMMONWEAL has sounded out a group of American Catholic...

The Pope of the People

As I stood on the steps of St. Peter's last year, the ancient Roman street leading up to the basilica was being torn down and widened. It seems to me nothing...

The Poetry of Saint Thomas

This is an extract from the last chapter of Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G. K. Chesterton, which is soon to be published by Sheed and Ward. It is often said that Saint...

Escapism: A Letter from Willa Cather

My Dear Mr. Williams, You were asking me what I thought about a new term in criticism: the Art of "Escape." Isn't the phrase tautological? What has...

Defining Social Justice

The confusion resulting from a too glib usage of terminology has in our times been a most painful, and no doubt destructive, phenomenon. Even those persons...

Crucifixion on the Swastika

One does not fully realize the meaning of modern Germany until he leaves the train after re-crossing its border; the feeling is indescribable: an overwhelming urge...

Religion and Sex

It might be put shortly by saying that we would substitute, for the half-truth of love for love's sake, the larger truth of love for life's sake.
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