2009-02-13

Date: 
Friday, February 13, 2009

Miscommunication

The uproar following Benedict XVI’s decision to lift the excommunication of certain Holocaust-denying bishops seemed predictable to everyone but the pope himself.

John Updike, RIP

Millions of admiring and appreciative words have already appeared in newspapers, magazines, and the blogosphere celebrating the life and work of John Updike, the...

A New Day

Barack Obama’s inauguration prompted the shedding of many tears—most by Americans ecstatic at seeing a day they never thought would come, and some, no doubt, by the...

Temple or Memorial?

These days the news business appears to be teetering precariously between extinction and a banal ubiquity. On the one hand, each day seems to usher in more crises...

Half Right

Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam’s smart but wishful Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream grew out of a 2005 Weekly...

Frankie's Secret

All wars end eventually, including the seemingly interminable ones being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the knowledge that no war goes on forever shouldn’t...

A Good Exchange Rate

Driving from Santiago de Cuba, near the eastern end of the island, all the way west to Havana, one passes through a score of towns and villages, none of which seems...

Kmiec, Bush, Rock & more

ROOM FOR DEBATE? In his article “A Tangled Web” (January 16, 2009), Douglas W. Kmiec acknowledges the clarity of the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion before...

Outwitting Cancer

Recently I was asked to serve on an advisory committee of a research group developing new techniques to preserve fertility for cancer patients. The research is...

The Conflicted Samaritan

I was traveling by taxi from Delhi to Dehradun. It usually takes about seven hours over a very rough one-lane road. We were almost home, at the loneliest, darkest...

Luce Change

Lightning rarely strikes twice, so Commonweal is doubly blessed to be able to announce that the magazine has again been awarded a two-year grant from the Henry Luce...

"Remaking America"

The bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day provided a fitting backdrop for the inauguration of Barack Obama...