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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:

Boehner's Blunder

The bitter partisan politics of the past six years in Washington has made governing almost impossible, delayed economic recovery, and alienated the American people. This has damaged President Barack Obama’s standing with voters, but it has tarnished Congress even more. Partisanship has, of course, long played a role in debates about U.S. foreign policy. More often than not, however, Congress and the executive branch have forged a united front on fundamental questions regarding U.S. interests abroad.

New issue, new stories on the homepage

Our February 6 issue (the theological books issue) is now live on the website.

Letters | Human error, borders, monsters, bells


I had to respond to an aside in Paul Baumann’s December 8 dotCommonweal piece regarding the shakeup at the New Republic, in which he describes its staff’s loyalty as “about as common as a typo-free newspaper (or magazine).”

Letter from Rome, the editors on 'Charlie Hebdo'

Now featured on the homepage, Robert Mickens’s Letter from Rome, in which he writes on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Francis’s ecumenical efforts, and whether Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila might be the successor to the current pontiff. Read it all here.

Also, the editors on what to make of Charlie Hebdo in the aftermath of the Paris attacks:

Call It Courage

In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the French newspaper Le Monde famously ran a headline declaring, “Nous sommes tous Américains” (We are all Americans). After the January 7 attack on the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a parallel expression of solidarity soon began appearing on banners, public monuments, and social media: “Je suis Charlie.” Never mind that many of those who repeated these words—including many Americans—had never seen the publication, and would likely find it offensive if they did.