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Letters | The decline of the right, ‘The Revenant’


Among our nation’s widely read political commentators and analysts, there is probably none whose outlook comes closer to Commonweal’s than E. J. Dionne. Even if he were not a friend of mine, I would have found the lead review of his new book Why the Right Went Wrong (April 15) maddeningly off target. 

Real Voter Fraud

When Republicans took over more than twenty state legislatures in the 2010 midterm elections, they made no secret of the fact that high on their agenda was restricting future access to the voting booth, especially for minorities and young people, who tend to vote Democratic. The threat of voter fraud was the excuse Republicans gave for making it harder to vote, although there is no evidence that fraud is a problem.

'Amoris Laetitia'

After a pair of gatherings in 2014 and 2015 for the Synod on the Family in Rome, Pope Francis in April 2016 issued the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia (“the joy of love”). The 52,500-word document takes up the work of the synod to reflect on Catholic marriage and family life, and on how the church ought to conduct itself in matters of morality.

Letters | Free trade, Catholic women, God’s love


I want to follow up on Charles R. Morris’s fine column, “Good for Everyone: Questioning Free-Trade Pieties” (March 25), which clearly sets forth some of the history and economic consequences of global trade in our time.

'Some Exceptions May Apply'

From our editorial on Amoris laetitia, now up on the homepage:

Some Exceptions May Apply

When the Vatican released Amoris laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, the press wanted to know one thing: Would the pope be changing the rule that officially bars remarried Catholics without an annulment from receiving Communion? The answer, which came toward the end of the 256-page document, was “No, not exactly.” But the rest of the exhortation made it clear that, for this pope, that was the wrong question.

Let Trump Be Heard

Just before the Illinois Republican primary on March 15, violence broke out at a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. Hundreds of anti-Trump demonstrators had gathered in the hall, with protests starting before the candidate was scheduled to appear on stage. Tensions escalated, and Trump postponed the event; when the announcement came that Trump would not appear, punches were thrown and the fighting began. As police tried to restore order, the protesters, and many of their supporters, celebrated.

Letters | Infallibility, race & representation, a messy faith


Regarding “It’s Nothing Personal” (February 12): My academic credentials come nowhere near my longtime friend George Wilson’s; however, I can’t allow that to keep me from saying that I find incredible the very concept of church infallibility, whether personal or institutional.


It is difficult to know what to make of Donald Trump’s bawdy political ascendency. What is certain is that the man who has promised to build a wall across the Mexico-U.S.