Commonweal

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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 5, March 12

Mrs. Clayton's Gift: There'll Always Be an Irish
My mother used to visit old Mrs. Clayton often, and because she felt more comfortable with something to hang onto, even the hand of a ten-year-old, I was the reluctant child chosen to accompany her to the house on Hyde Park Boulevard shrouded in dusty...
My Friend's Killer
I am away on vacation in upstate New York. I decide I should visit an old acquaintance, because he is so nearby. I didn't pick the Finger Lake region as my vacation spot for this reason. It just works out that way. It is only when I get upstate that...
One Year Down: Oregon's Assisted-Suicide Law
Contrary to the utopian dreams of ardent supporters and the dire predictions of some opponents, assisted suicide was a little-used option among the terminally ill in Oregon in 1998, the first complete year under the state's new assisted-suicide law....
Sneering at Religion: Yes, the 'New Yorker.'
If I had no problems at all with Roman Catholic teaching I suppose I would be Catholic, and not a member of the Orthodox church. But I do recognize simple anti-Catholic bigotry when I see it. Two examples come from recent issues of the New Yorker,...
Tax Cuts for the Rich: John Kasich's Trickle-Down Economy
Parables are not just the stuff of the Bible. They're an essential part of politics. Persuading people that your story matches reality as they see it will do more to win their hearts and minds than all the charts, graphs, and statistics you can muster....
The Thin Red Line
Some writer was once described as being long on genius but short on talent. Terence Malick, who wrote and directed The Thin Red Line, actually has plenty of both, and his masterpieces of the '70s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, exist to prove it. But...
War or Peace in Kosovo?
Peacemaking is not easy, especially when war continues. Negotiating a peace is even more difficult when there is no real desire for peace among the combatants. That appears to have been the situation between the Serbs and the Albanian Kosovars as they...
Where Islam & Christianity Meet: Saint Moses in the Syrian Desert
To reach the Monastery of Saint Moses (Mar Musa in Arabic), you'll need determination, patience, and a good pair of walking shoes. Yet while it may not be easy to get there, many people find it even more difficult to leave. I first heard about Mar...