Commonweal is a liberal[a] American Catholic journal of opinion, edited and managed by lay Catholics, headquartered in The Interchurch Center in New York City. It is the oldest independent Roman Catholic journal of opinion in the United States.
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Founded in 1924 by Michael Williams (1877–1950) and the Calvert Associates, Commonweal is the oldest independent Roman Catholic journal of opinion in the United States. The magazine was originally modeled on The New Republic and The Nation but “expressive of the Catholic note” in covering literature, the arts, religion, society, and politics.
Commonweal has published the writing of François Mauriac, Georges Bernanos, Hannah Arendt, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Jacques Maritain, Dorothy Day, Graham Greene, Emmanuel Mounier, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Thomas Merton, Wilfrid Sheed, Paul Ramsey, Joseph Bernardin, Abigail McCarthy, Christopher Lasch, Walter Kerr, Marilynne Robinson, Luke Timothy Johnson, Terry Eagleton, Elizabeth Johnson, and Andrew Bacevich. It has printed the short fiction of Evelyn Waugh, J. F. Powers, Alice McDermott, and Valerie Sayers; the poetry of W. H. Auden, Robert Lowell, Theodore Roethke, John Updike, Les Murray, John Berryman, and Marie Ponsot; and the artwork of Jean Charlot, Rita Corbin, Fritz Eichenberg, and Emil Antonucci.
The journal, tagged as "A Review of Religion, Politics, and Culture." is run as a not-for-profit enterprise and managed by an eighteen-member board of directors. The word "commonweal" is a reference to an important term in the political philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, who argued that legitimate leaders must prioritize the "common good" of the "commonweal" in making political decisions.
Commonweal publishes editorials, columns, essays, and poetry, along with film, book, and theater reviews. Twenty issues of Commonweal are released each year, with a circulation of approximately 20,000. In 1951, Commonweal was hit by financial troubles and almost shut down because of a loss in subscribers.
Although Commonweal maintains a relatively strong focus on issues of specific interest to liberal Catholics, this focus is not exclusionary. A broad range of issues—religious, political, social, and cultural—are examined independent of any relationship to Catholicism and the Church. Commonweal has attracted contributors from all points of the mainstream political spectrum in the United States.
As of 2016, Commonweal's staff includes:
Previous editors of Commonweal have been Michael Williams (1924-38); Edward S. Skillin (1938-67); James O’Gara (1967-84); Peter Steinfels (1984-88); and Margaret O’Brien Steinfels (1988-2002).
will be a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2025th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 25th year of the 3rd millennium, the 25th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2020s decade.Clifford J. Laube
Clifford J. Laube (August 28, 1891 – August 21, 1974) was an American poet, magazine, newspaper editor and publisher.Commonweal
Commonweal or common weal may refer to:
Common good, what is shared and beneficial for members of a given community
Common Weal, a Scottish think tank and advocacy group
Commonweal (magazine), an American lay-Catholic-oriented magazine
Commonweal (newspaper), a British socialist newspaper
Commonwealth, a form of government without a monarch in which people have governmental influenceJack Miles
John R. "Jack" Miles (born July 30, 1942) is an American author. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur Fellowship. His writings on religion, politics, and culture have appeared in numerous national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Commonweal Magazine.Miles treats his biblical subjects neither as transcendent deities nor historical figures, but as literary protagonists. His first book, God: A Biography, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1996, and has been translated into sixteen languages. His second book Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2002. Miles is general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (November 2014). Miles' latest book God in the Qur'an was published by Knopf on November 13, 2018, the third in his God in Three Classic Scriptures series.John Cyrus Cort
John Cyrus Cort (December 3, 1913 – August 3, 2006) was a Christian socialist writer and activist. He was the co-chair of the Religion and Socialism Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America. He was based in metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts. He fathered 10 children with his wife, Helen Haye Cort, and he cantored in his local parish until his death.John J. DeGioia
John Joseph "Jack" DeGioia (born 1957) became the 48th President of Georgetown University on July 1, 2001. He is the first lay president of the school, and in August 2014, became its longest-serving president.Kassiane Asasumasu
Kassiane Asasumasu (formerly known as Kassiane Alexandra Sibley) is a Hapa and Asian American autistic rights activist and blogger from Oregon. She is also a gymnastics instructor and a hobbyist archer.Asasumasu is known for deliberately provocative and political writing on autism on her current and former blogs, and her strong stance against the ideas that autism should be cured, that autistic people are broken, or that non-autistic parents of autistic children have more expertise on autism than autistic people themselves. She is also known for coining the term "neurodivergent" to describe a person with atypical neurological functioning or processes, and "neurodivergence" to describe various types of atypical neurological functioning or processes, including developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and mental illnesses.Asasumasu was diagnosed as autistic at three and a half years old. She was once an editor for the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, an information and advocacy website catering to parents of autistic children who support the neurodiversity movement's core belief that autism is not a disease that needs to be cured. She is a frequent presenter at autism-related conferences, and has presented on neurodiversity-related topics for the Autism National Committee in 2008 and 2015, the Autism Network International's Autreat, the Autism Society, Georgetown University, and the Autistics Present Symposium at Bellevue College.In 2011, Asasumasu claimed that autism charity Autism Speaks plagiarized and misattributed her work on self-advocacy by using quotes from a self-advocacy curriculum she had developed without consent, profiting from her work while opposing the goals of her activism. Asasumasu's blog post concerning the plagiarism prompted a comment from an individual purporting to be writing on behalf of Autism Speaks.In 2014, Asasumasu delivered a lecture entitled "DisAbused: Rethinking the Presumption of Caregiver Benevolence" for the D Center (Deaf and Disability Cultural Center) at the University of Washington-Seattle, later delivering the same lecture for Georgetown University's Lecture and Performance Series on Disability Justice organized by fellow autistic activist Lydia Brown. In her lecture, Asasumasu argued that parents, family members, and other caregivers of people with disabilities are presumed to have noble and benevolent intentions at all times, which leads to impunity for abuse and other acts of violence toward those for whom they are responsible, who are also presumed to be incompetent.In a blog post, Asasumasu described her ethnicity as biracial, Hapa, Hafu, Eurasian, Mongolian, Romanian, Japanese, and Croatian.Life of the Virgin (Maximus)
The Life of the Virgin is the earliest known biographical work on the Virgin Mary. Its only extant copy is in a Georgian translation attributed to the seventh-century saint, Maximus the Confessor, although the attribution remains less than certain.Maximus (or Pseudo-Maximus) states that he compiled the biography by merging information from multiple sources available to him.Maximus presents Mary as a constant companion in Jesus' mission, and as a leader of the early Christian Church after the death of Jesus. He also states that Mary was the source of many of the accounts of the life of Jesus in the Gospels.Maximus also portrays Mary as the counselor and guide to the many women disciples who followed Jesus during his life and as their source of spiritual guidance after the death of Jesus.Luke Timothy Johnson
Luke Timothy Johnson (born November 20, 1943) is an American New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity. He is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.
Johnson's research interests encompass the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Epistle of James.Mary Rakow
Mary Rakow is an American novelist.Massimo Faggioli
Massimo Faggioli (born 1970) is a Church historian, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia) and contributing writer to Commonweal magazine. He was on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota) from 2009 to 2016, where he was the founding director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship (2014-2015). Since 2017 he has been an adjunct professor at the Broken Bay Institute - The Australian Institute of Theological Education in Sydney, Australia.Maximus the Confessor
Maximus the Confessor (Greek: Μάξιμος ὁ Ὁμολογητής), also known as Maximus the Theologian and Maximus of Constantinople (c. 580 – 13 August 662), was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar.
In his early life, Maximus was a civil servant, and an aide to the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius. However, he gave up this life in the political sphere to enter into the monastic life. Maximus had studied diverse schools of philosophy, and certainly what was common for his time, the Platonic dialogues, the works of Aristotle, and numerous later Platonic commentators on Aristotle and Plato, like Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus. When one of his friends began espousing the Christological position known as Monothelitism, Maximus was drawn into the controversy, in which he supported an interpretation of the Chalcedonian formula on the basis of which it was asserted that Jesus had both a human and a divine will. Maximus is venerated in both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. He was eventually persecuted for his Christological positions; following a trial, his tongue and right hand were mutilated.
He was then exiled and died on August 13, 662, in Tsageri in present-day Georgia. However, his theology was upheld by the Third Council of Constantinople and he was venerated as a saint soon after his death. It is highly uncommon among the saints that he has two feast days: 13 August and 21 January. His title of "Confessor" means that he suffered for the Christian faith, but was not directly martyred. The Life of the Virgin, the only extant copy of which is in a Georgian translation, is commonly, albeit mistakenly, attributed to him, and is considered to be one of the earliest complete biographies of Mary, the mother of Jesus.Roman Missal
The Roman Missal (Latin: Missale Romanum) is the liturgical book that contains the texts and rubrics for the celebration of the Mass in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.Steve Ellner
Steve Ellner (born December 21, 1946) has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela since 1977. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles on Venezuelan history and politics, specifically in the area of political parties and organized labor. In addition, Ellner was a frequent contributor to Commonweal magazine beginning in the 1980s and more recently In These Times and NACLA Report on the Americas and has written op-ed articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He frequently lectures on Venezuelan and Latin American political developments in the U.S. and elsewhere. Nearly all his academic works have been translated and published in Spanish.T. Lawrason Riggs
Thomas Lawrason Riggs (1888–1943) was an American Catholic priest and musical theatre lyricist. Riggs was the first Catholic chaplain of Yale University.Thomas E. Walsh
The Rev. Thomas E. Walsh, C.S.C. was an Irish-Canadian Catholic priest, and seventh President of the University of Notre Dame from 1881 to 1893.
He was born one of nine in Lacolle, Quebec, son of Thomas Walsh and Winifred McDermott. He was educated at the College de Saint-Laurent, where he caught the attention of Rev. Edward Sorin, who saw his potential. He finished his studies there in 1872 and entered the Novitiate. Sorin sent him to study at College de Ste. Croix in Neuilly, close to Paris, where he spent three years.
He was recalled to Notre Dame in 1876 in order to improve enrollment. He was ordained a priest on August 29th, 1877 by Bishop Joseph Dwenger of Fort Wayne and then assumed the role of Dean of Students. After the great fire of 1879, Walsh was in charge of rescheduling classes and professors in the newly reopened college, and his administrative ability led Sorin and William Corby to pick him as next president in 1881. He died of kidney disease at the age of 40.Tom Cornell
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