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Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.
From left: John Brubaker, Carlton J. H. Hayes, William Pfaff,   John Cogley, William Clancy, Edward Skillin, James O’Gara, 1955

Trying My Hand

"I felt that I had spent quite enough time in a classroom and should find a real life."

Young Catholic America

The fact is: In this discouraging book, the future looks bad for just about every flavor of Catholic.

Two Faiths

Commonweal refused to abandon its belief in democracy or Catholic truth, arguing that in the modern world the health of one was related to the health of the other.

That '70s Church

The catechesis of the 1970s became a cautionary tale, the model of what not to do in passing on the faith. For years I was sympathetic to that analysis. But now?

The Pope's American Messenger

The appointment of Blase Cupich will have an impact beyond the Catholic Church because it tells us about the role Francis wants the church to play in American life.

Easy Does It

Reading a new letter from the Vatican, one might think the sign of peace is floundering in the church today. In fact, it's one of the most successful rites we have.

Great Expectations

The synod comes at a time when a huge gulf has opened up between the teaching of the church on sex, marriage, and the family and the practice of many Catholics.

All Joy and No Fun

Jennifer Senior’s 'All Joy and No Fun' is more serious than its playful cover implies. Why do people have children at all now that having them is not a necessity?

Farmer, Anarchist, Catholic

Tom Cornell has been a part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than sixty years. He started in 1953 when he was nineteen years old.

Infinite Horizon

What some critics see as Rolheiser’s complacent, uncritical embrace of modern secular society is actually borne of his confidence in God's abiding presence and care.

Off the Grid

A colonia is any “identifiable community” within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border lacking potable water and decent housing. There are 141 in New Mexico alone.
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Book Reviews

Gay and Catholic

January 22, 2015 | 6 comments

'Til Faith Do Us Part

December 18, 2014 | 7 comments

Teach Me to Be Generous

October 27, 2014 | 8 comments

Young Catholic America

October 9, 2014 | 30 comments

All Joy and No Fun

September 9, 2014 | 1 comment

Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment

Unruly Passions

December 6, 2013 | 0 comments