The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Roughly 40 percent of Catholics are reliable Republicans, and 40 percent are reliable Democrats. The rest could go either way. That makes Catholics the ultimate swing voters.
If the church causes discomfort only to one political party when both are in need of repentance, it is not being the church.


We pray for God's miraculous intervention. So why are we surprised when it comes?
A Japanese-American internment camp survivor reflects on Guantanamo and the state of the U.S. Constitution.


Tom Fox's nonviolent witness.
The First World becomes a one-way destination point for children from the global South.
Neighbourhood preparedness is important, particularly in poorer communities.


Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it wasn’t until I got back there (after more than a decade) that I realized how much I missed it.

Human trafficking thrives in the new global economy.

Many pentecostals trace their spiritual heritage to the Azusa Street revival.

One man's personal quagmire, and it has nothing to do with Iraq.

Culture Watch

For the next 54 years, Anne Braden was a solid citizen of 'the other America.'
Author Marilynne Robinson explores the sacredness of the everyday world.
Everyone wants to be happy and to fulfill their dreams. For many who live in war zones, prisons, and places of poverty, those dreams aren’t likely to come true.
What does it mean to be female, Muslim, and American?


At its best the church is an "innocence project" for ourselves and others.
If ever you have wakened in the night— the steep blue night, and waited for the tears— then I must tell you—
Is there such a thing as the "Catholic vote"? Commonweal writer Maurice Timothy Reidy and Washington Post columnist E.J.