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Articles from Vol. 139, No. 2, January 27

A Work in Progress
Across the globe, from Tunisia to Burma, people are struggling to cast off tyrannical regimes. It is humbling to witness what thousands are willing to risk for a chance at democracy in the countries of the Middle East. At the same time, there is a...
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Conscience & Communion: What's a Remarried Catholic to Do?
What should we say, amid a culture in which marriages evaporate like mist, about the sacramental status of divorced and remarried Catholics? What should we do? Though our era is rife with failed marriages, the pastoral problem posed by divorce and...
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Consider the Lilies
Soren Kierkegaard (1813--55) was one of only a few philosophers to devote serious thought to the question of the most effective way of communicating ethico-religious truths--that is, the truths we live by. In response to that question, the Danish thinker...
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Deo Gratias: A Last Word
Dear Commonweal readers: I am retiring after twenty-eight years on the job, and the editor has invited me to use this page to bid a farewell. Over the years, this "Editor's Notebook" space has offered me and other editors an opportunity to write about...
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Inquisitions: From Torquemada to the 'War on Terror'
On a hot fall day in Rome not long ago, I crossed the vast expanse of St. Peter's Square, paused momentarily in the shade beneath a curving flank of Bernini's colonnade, and continued a little way beyond to a Swiss Guard standing impassively at a wrought-iron...
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Regret Is Not Enough: Why the President Should Read Paul Ramsey
In late December, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, despite having "serious reservations" about provisions allowing those suspected of terrorist connections to be detained indefinitely without trial--including...
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Track Marks: HBO's 'Luck'
The slam of a prison door is one of the first sounds you hear in Luck, the hyper-pedigreed new drama series that premieres on HBO on Sunday, January 29. Objectively considered, it should not be a mournful noise: that door is slamming behind Chester...
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True Writ: Habeas Corpus, Secret Courts & Gitmo
Acelebrated declaration is engraved above the portal of Langdell Hall, the central building of Harvard Law School: non sub homine sed sub deo et lege ("not under man but under God and law"). That was the brave admonition of Lord Edward Coke (1552-1634)...
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Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011
I fleetingly met Vaclav Havel on June 10,1990. It was the morning after Czechoslovakia's first free elections in decades. At breakfast in our Prague hotel, my friend Marie Winn, who had translated some of Havel's plays, and her husband, Alan Miller,...
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