A Tarnished 'Republic'

'Attitude' That Led to a Fall

Cowering like a televangelist caught in the wrong motel room and now begging forgiveness, that was the ungenerous image that sprang to mind as I read the June 1 issue of the New Republic.

"The New Republic has always been a stringent magazine," the editors write, "stringent about intellectual honesty and stringent about telling the truth. We have not hesitated to hold others to account when they have, in our judgment,...

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Peter Steinfels, co-founder of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and a former editor of Commonweal, is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.