The Mouths of Babes

Young Catholics speak up

What do Miss Wisconsin 1999, a Vietnamese immigrant, a law student, and a Catholic Worker have in common? They’re young (twenty-seven and under), they’re Catholic, and, along with 147 others, they submitted essays to Commonweal’s Younger Writers Contest (see page 14 ff.). The question that provoked these young authors’ interest: "What are the tensions and the opportunities entailed in being a Catholic in America? How does the church help...

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About the Author

Daria Donnelly (1959-2004) was an associate editor of Commonweal from 2000 to 2004. In 2002, after having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, she became associate editor (at large) and co-editor of the poetry section.