2009-11-06

Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2009

A Relic

We are moving and have been cleaning out our overstuffed files. As I sorted through one pile, ready to toss it out, I happened to find a letter from Dorothy Day....

The Tightrope

In the Catholic media today, it is becoming harder all the time to keep a free space for public opinion inside the church. A fictional letter from a hierarch may...

Keeping the Faith

Beginning with founding editor Michael Williams (1924-38), Commonweal has enjoyed a great deal of continuity at the top of the masthead. Perhaps most remarkable in...

The Unquenchable Thirst

Catholicism and modernity has proven to be a volatile mix. Illustrations are legion, and perhaps as tiresome as they are inescapable in the daily lives of Catholics...

Quite Contrary

Eamon Duffy is perhaps best known to general readers as the author of Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes (1997), a one-volume history of the papacy from St...

Pro Bono

Stereotypical rock stars use their fame to get sex, or as an excuse to trash hotel rooms and smash their guitars. U2’s lead singer Bono uses his rock-star status to...

Facing the Music

Many a baby boomer was raised on tales of the Great Depression, tales of sharecroppers, breadlines, NRA parades, and sparing a dime for a brother in need. These...

Cloudy Crystal Ball

John Allen is the most prolific and widely quoted reporter on the Catholic scene in the United States today. For years he has served as the National Catholic...

Not Quite Comedy

The Informant! both gripped and frustrated me. This is Steven Soderbergh’s semi-fictional adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald’s factual account of the 1990s Archer...

When Bigger Is Better

The Catholic bishops of the United States have historically been a strong voice in favor of health-care reform. More than fifteen years ago, they issued a statement...

Building on Sand

Our economy is based largely on fantasy, a flight from reality that has led to a series of unsustainable economic choices and the crisis we are now experiencing. In...

Risk & Responsibility

It now seems clear that political pressures have transformed President Barack Obama’s health-care reform plan into a health-insurance reform plan. Some commentators...