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Articles from Vol. 122, No. 16, September 22

A Liberal Catholic Taxonomy
In the November 18, 1994, issue of Commonweal the editorial was titled "Liberals & Catholics," and its opening words asked this pertinent question: "Can Catholics be liberals?" (The question was especially pertinent since, just a few weeks earlier,...
A Not-So-Popular Culture
It might be said, taking a cue from a famous definition of pornography, that popular culture is hard to define but we usually know it when we see it. More and more, people don't like what they see, and some argue that much of popular culture has even...
Going Which Way? Catholicism and Pop Culture
Andrew Greeley claims that Catholicism has a peculiar allegiance to so-called "pop culture." He explains, "The other three great [religious] traditions [Protestant, Jewish, Islamic], each in their [sic] own way, are structured on sensibilities that emphasize...
It's Time to Take Sides
In his celebrated essay, "Defining Deviancy Down" (American Scholar, Winter, 1993), Daniel Patrick Moynihan sounded the alarm against passivity in the face of barbarization. He particularly deplored the nonchalance of many Americans toward violence in...
Pulling the Rug Out: Let's End Child Labor
We have become a dispirited people because we do not celebrate our victories--or even recognize them. This is the thesis of commentator Mark Shields. He elaborated on it in a summer's talk at a benefit for the Brewster Ladies Library Guild on Cape Cod--not...
This Gig's for You
One morning last spring, as I left my building for work, I discovered a young woman dancing--well, actually, gyrating is more like it--on my front stoop. She wore very short cut-off blue jeans and a flowered-print halter top, and I first saw her through...
Vox Populi
Early on a frigid morning, hours before a Chicago Bears game, a man leans against the hurricane fence separating Soldier Field's parking lot from Lake Shore Drive. He is grilling sausage patties with his brothers and a couple of close friends. They have...