The Common Good

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Cover Story

The institutional church, on the other hand, is in serious trouble. Here's why.
Will the pedophilia scandal affect the role of women in the church?
Male celibacy isn't the problem here. But for the Catholic Church to achieve a healthy system, things have to change.


What God and the genius of capitalism have in common. A Bible study on the book of Job. And more.
How will the global community develop sustainable social structures for an aging population?
Violence in the anti-corporate-globalization movement
No, the "Battle for Seattle' wasn't the Yankees-Mariners series.
Christians and Muslims build bridges in the Philippines


There are viable alternatives to war, but only if we organize and speak out.
Big Brother gets literary
The church response (or lack thereof) to Bush's nuclearism
The whole church must combat sexual misconduct


Having a 3-and-a-half-year-old son has made the horrific revelations about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests even more abhorrent.

Have you ever noticed how much of our political language relies on binary logic? "Binary what?" you say—think the North and South Pole.

Some readers have complained that this column has become too personal, too focused on my being a great father, an award-winning art director, and a god-like figure to the rest of the staff.

Culture Watch

The Executioner's Last Songs sounds a murderous note against the death penalty
If I Had A...Crayon
In country music the greatest sins are pretense and snobbery
Fox-TV's The X-Files has ended nine years in which a duo of FBI agents investigated unexplained phenomena...
My son hates social studies.
Novels can lead us to a deeper and more experiential knowledge of our faith, says author David Cunningham in Reading is Believing
There are basically three kinds of power: domination, collaboration, and satyagraha (truth force).
‘Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world," Margaret Mead once said.
Books to talk about over the barbeque grill or to take with you to the backyard hammock
When Sojourners' CultureWatch editor asked me to write about my "favorite things," I gave a quick "Sure!"


The summer God was nine years oldHeaven's swamp cooler broke for good.
‘Every once in a while, a truly brilliant idea comes along: the wheel, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, get the idea." So say Tom and Ray of NPR's "Car Talk" radio program...
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