Commonweal

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Articles from Vol. 131, No. 1, January 16

A Quagmire? Vietnam, Iraq & Other Analogies
As Americans contend with an increasingly dangerous and uncertain situation in Iraq, the language we use to debate our policy becomes more and more important. Vietnam-era phrases like "credibility gap," "quagmire," and "exit strategy" are now frequently...
A Real Church Lady
Last spring, I finally got to meet Elisabeth Behr-Sigel. At ninety-six, she is the undisputed "grandmother" of Western Christian Orthodoxy and one of its foremost theologians. We had been corresponding for years, yet when she arrived from Paris to...
Chicago Catholic: A Profile of Cardinal Francis George
He's decidedly not charismatic. His style is cerebral, low-key, and unlike other prominent church leaders, he is a bit awkward at obligatory small talk. When Cardinal Francis George, OMI, walked through a television studio in Chicago last summer, he...
Getting Religion
After a series of largely ignored debates and months of organizing and cajoling, candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination are about to enter a dizzying period of caucuses and primaries that could determine the nominee by March....
How Ecumenical? the Vatican on Islam
In November 2003, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, wrote a letter to the worldwide Muslim community. The occasion was Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic celebration that marks the end of Ramadan....
How to Read Scripture: Tradition vs. Zeitgeist
The Vatican has suspended its dialogue with the Anglican Church, following the decision of its American branch to consecrate as a bishop a man who left his wife to enter a relationship with another man. The Russian Orthodox Church had already ended...
Islamic Britain: How the UK Deals with Radical Muslims
London has become the center of the Arab political world, leading one writer to describe it as "Beirut-on-Thames." The racks outside newspaper stands on Edgware Road and Queensway are stacked with dozens of Arabic newspapers and magazines, many produced...
Never Say Die: 'Autumn Spring' & 'Something's Gotta Give'
Come year's end, with Hollywood serving up another round of high-gloss, $100-million epics, it's nice to be able to turn to European movies. Not only for a change of scale, but also a different palate of emotions and ideas. Take the idea, for instance,...
The Coming Conclave: How the Next Pope Will Be Chosen
Somehow, talking about conclaves feels unseemly--even ghoulish--while John Paul II suffers so visibly. Still, we must talk about conclaves and what comes next, just as we should have those unsettling conversations about health-care proxies and wills....