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What does it mean to separate oneself entirely from the law’s precepts by embracing radical poverty as a form of life?

Minimal Wages

The argument for raising the minimum wage is as much moral as economic; it is an argument about fairness and the dignity of labor.

The Shutdown’s Real Goal

Battles over budgets and Obamacare involve a showdown over the role of government in stemming rising inequality and making our country a more fair and decent place.

A Language of Solidarity

Robert N. Bellah, who died in July, was a contributor to Commonweal for more than twenty years. Here are excerpts from some of his articles.

The Last Word | Out of Sight

For the Romans, 'luxuria' was the near-equivalent of Greek hubris. It has behind it the imagery of material excess leading to a diminished sense of cause and effect.

Lawyer Up the Prey

Lenders are often allowed to foreclose without significant judicial involvement, putting the burden on homeowners to prove the lender is not entitled to do so.

'Like a Shadow'

I have attended many births but this was the first time I had to help a woman deliver a baby we both knew would be dead.

Boehner's House Implodes

Our ability to govern ourselves is being brought low by a brew of right-wing ideology and a shockingly cruel attitude toward the poor on the part of the GOP.

A Bronx Tale

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently remarked from the bench that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 perpetuated “racial entitlement,” his fellow Justice...

Why ‘Francis’?

Of the many virtues associated with St. Francis of Assisi, humility was the first to occur to me as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stood before the multitude for...

Bridge Builder

Anyone who followed media coverage of the papal conclave that elected the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, couldn’t help noticing that the...

The Church in Latin America

A Latin-American pope! From Chile to Mexico—and among U.S. Latinos—there was a collective gasp of surprise and excitement over the news of the conclave’s election...
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Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment

A Bronx Tale

April 22, 2013 | 0 comments