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An Ugly Business

Democratic politics can be an ugly business. That truism seems to have been one of the guiding principles behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign for re-election as Israel’s prime minister. Finding himself in a close race with a reinvigorated Labor Party, Netanyahu resorted to scare-mongering and demagoguery on what one is tempted to call an almost biblical scale. First, he got himself invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress.

The new issue is live

Our March 20 issue is now on the website. Among the highlights:

A three-part story featuring Lisa Fullam, Marian Crowe, and Christopher C. Roberts writing on contraception and Catholic identity -- from Natural Family Planning to the difference between belief and practice to the possibility of revisiting doctrine.

Letters | Garvey’s Grace, Boehner’s Chutzpah


Was saddened to tears to read about John Garvey’s death (“Not Ours to Mend,” February 20). I have loved his writing for years—his columns in Commonweal, his slim, elegant books. I have particularly cherished his columns for their compassion and their humor. His joy in Orthodox theology gave me a new appreciation for that rich tradition. My heart reaches out to his wife, their children, his friends and colleagues. Godspeed home, John.

Elizabeth Lynn
San Pablo, Calif.



What's new on the website

We’ve posted a few new items to the homepage.

Smart Guy

In August 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney told an interviewer there was “no doubt” that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Two weeks later the New York Times reported that Iraq had acquired aluminum tubes used in centrifuges to enrich uranium.

Our new issue is live

Our March 6 issue is now live on the website. In addition to our three-story package “Clerical Errors: How Are We Training Our Priests?” the issue also features:

Rita Ferrone on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the vernacular for the liturgy, and what we risk by taking it for granted; read all of “Unity, Not Uniformity” here.

Letters | Migration—Winged & Otherwise

Foreseen consequences

In your interview with Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago (“A Listening Church,” February 6), he mentioned two reasons that Mexican immigrants come to the United States: “A whole system of labor that no one else wants to do” and “recreational drug users who are in fact funding the violence that people who come to this country are trying to escape.”

Let Greece Breathe

Of all the countries affected by the euro crisis, Greece has been hit the hardest. A quarter of the Greek population is currently unemployed. In the years between 2007 and 2013, the country’s per-capita GDP fell by 26 percent, while its debt-to-GDP ratio reached 175 percent. Greece now owes its creditors about $300 billion, and few expect that it will ever be able to pay it all back.

What's new on the website

Posted today, the February 20 interreligious issue. Anchoring it is George Hunsinger’s “What Christians Owe the Jews: A Case for Soft Supersessionism.” An excerpt: