The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Sex abuse scandal, priest shortages, celibacy, ordaining women: The issues roiling the Catholic Church offer challenges - and hope? - for the future.
Challenges to the church in the global South.
The vatican's management problem.


The timeless and timely vision of William Stringfellow
With fierce faith, Julia Bonds works to save the land and people of West Virginia.
Anunciation House reaches out to the undocumented with faith and hospitality.


If a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted wisdom.
Dim visions of a redeemed military
The Micah Challenge calls evangelicals to get serious about bringing good news to the poor.


If the war in Iraq is the 'practical' expression of George Bush's theology of liberty and freedom, the world is in serious trouble.

Fortunately, social structures are well established. If you're cool.

Culture Watch

The films of John Cassavetes.
A review of Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, by Ann Lamott
A review of Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson
A review of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2


The earth is eating all the little birds. It feasts, grows fat. Their eyes are stones, black jewels we rattle in our pockets. Mouths are blurred
The resurrection makes hope a permanent and immovable feature of the new creature in which we now dwell.
West Virginia activist Julia Bonds has been interviewed many times, especially after winning the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize.