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Articles from Vol. 135, No. 13, July 18

A Bond of Blood: Remembering William P. Ford
When William P. Ford died last month at the age of seventy-two, after a battle with esophageal cancer, the New York Times called him a "rights advocate." That he was, having waged a decades-long legal struggle to achieve a measure of justice for victims...
A Vote for Socialism: Like Christianity, It's Never Been Tried
Despite the excitement surrounding this year's presidential primaries, American democracy is in big trouble. Sen. John McCain has served his country bravely and on occasion he shows commendable independence. Sen. Barack Obama provides a welcome voice...
Not like US: The Paradoxical U.S.-European Relationship
The relationship between Europe and the United States is the result of two remarkable historical developments. The first is an achievement of epic proportion all too easily taken for granted: By any imaginable standard and especially by the standard...
Past Prime: 'Sex and the City'
I loved the HBO series Sex and the City, and never thought it belonged to the entertainment ghetto that the phrases "chick flick" and "chick lit" imply. The show explored the same social and emotional territory that Balzac covered in his novels about...
Shot Down: What's Behind the Court's Gun-Control Decision
In knocking down the District of Columbia's thirty-two-year ban on handgun possession last month, the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court again demonstrated their willingness to abandon precedent in order to do whatever is necessary to further...
War Crimes?
In february, CIA director Michael Hayden admitted that waterboarding, long considered torture, had been used on three terrorist suspects. When questioned about this, a spokesperson for the Bush administration claimed that waterboarding is legal, and...
Was He or Wasn't He?
When, years ago, I majored in English at college, the thought that Shakespeare was a Catholic was ventured by no one. The claim that Shakespeare was mixed up with the Catholic underground would have seemed as implausible to me as the idea that he was...
Why Hillary Lost and What She Won
Hillary's campaign is over, and women like me are supposed to be mad. Like Hillary, I'm a product of the late 1960s and especially the women's movement, which changed my life as well as hers. And like most veterans of that movement, I'm hungry for...
Women & the Priesthood
Sara Butler Why not ordain women? In the April 11 issue of Commonweal, Robert J. Egan, SJ, invites readers to look again at this question. Egan doubts that "the tradition of excluding women from the diaconate, presbyterate, and episcopate" has "really...