I have been writing 12/12/12 today on various letters, etc. Though I attribute no meaning to the triplication, there is something felicitous about the line-up of the numbers on this date.And was anyone here at last night's Center on Religion and Culture's Forum: "Call and Response: How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican II"? It too was a pleasing line-up, but rather different than I expected. Inspiring! Not acrimonious; the word b...... was not uttered during any of the presentations.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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