I found the discussion among the editors in the eighty-fifth-anniversary issue (“Keeping the Faith,” November 6) both heartwarming and inspiring: a discussion among people committed to a future for the Catholic tradition. It made me proud to be a Commonweal Catholic. Long live this reasoned and independent approach to the place of faith in society. Commonweal is one of the few magazines that I read cover to cover, and that I reference in preaching. I trust that the editors will be able to withstand any efforts by bishops to exercise control over the content of the magazine (for example, Cardinal Francis George’s remarks in the presidential address at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore last month). Your magazine is far from being “sectarian, less than fully Catholic.” My own faith would surely be less Catholic without Commonweal.
KEN SMITS, OFM Cap Fond du Lac, Wis.
‘Ad multos annos’
Congratulations on your eighty-fifth anniversary! And thanks.