Letters

Papal retirement, celibacy, annulment, etc.

Benedict In RetirementAfter the shock of the pope’s surprise resignation I was initially inclined, like Joseph A. Komonchak (“Benedict’s Act of Humility,” March 8)...

Quashing ‘dissent’

Smear TacticsRegarding Jerry Ryan’s “Orthodoxy & Dissent” (February 8): In August 2009, Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin of Providence published a review of...

The meaning of an advertisement

Bad AdIn your January 11, 2013, issue, you ran an advertisement for a film produced by Catholics for Choice. Why would you publish something promoting an anti-...

The cost of health care

Medical WasteIn his column “Better, Cheaper, Easier” (December 21, 2012), Charles Morris extols the wonders of the U.S. health-care system. He is overly optimistic...

Catholicism in culture

Suburban PrideI want to register a belated thank you to Eugene McCarraher (“Morbid Symptoms,” November 23, 2012) for allowing me to see myself as I really am: a...

Jazz & the liturgy

Kind of BlueHaving been very much involved in the performance of Mary Lou Williams’s Mass in Rome in January 1969, I write to express my thanks to Ian Marcus Corbin...

Libertarianism & liberty

Rand SlamI write not as an expert on Catholic social teaching, but as a political theorist. I’m profoundly pleased with what I’ve read in Commonweal of late,...

Léon Bloy, the peril of pluralism

Prickly PauperNo one who has read Léon Bloy would dispute what Harold Bordwell writes in his article “A Beggar to the End” (November 9). The article reflects what...

The legacy of Vatican II, the safety of fracking

Lay HandsRegarding “Bishops or Branch Managers?” by John Wilkins (October 12): What’s so interesting about the books and articles being published around the...

Taxes & prosperity, single-issue politics

Blunt InstrumentsJames Kloppenberg’s article “Two Cities, Two Americas” (October 26) is refreshing in its optimism that America’s elected leaders might soon be able...

Vatican II & the Catholic Vision

Memory LaneMy heart ached as I read Bernard P. Prusak’s article “Turning Point” (September 28). I was thirty-three years old when Vatican II opened. I was married...

Henri de Lubac, Catholics & politics, etc.

Straight to the SourceHenri de Lubac, SJ, was one of the most influential and prolific Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. Robin Darling Young (“An...
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