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Commonweal january 25, 2013  •  volume 140  •  Number 2


vatican ii at fifty 9

‘The Spirit Is Still on the Job’ Desmond O’Grady A conversation with Bishop Luigi Bettazzi

articles 11 ‘The Gospel Is Hard’ Patrick Jordan

A friend remembers Dorothy Day

15 The ‘Catholic Muslim’ Patrick J. Ryan

The conversion of Louis Massignon




editorial Out of Control

columnists 6

The Real Deficit Argument E. J. Dionne Jr.

7 Is the Government ‘Defining Religion’? Cathleen Kaveny 8

Friendly Competition Fr. Nonomen

Screen 19 Anna Karenina Les Misérables Richard Alleva

Books 21

Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran James J. Sheehan


Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church by Marie Keenan Dennis O’Brien


When God Talks Back by T. M. Luhrmann Nathaniel Peters


The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro James P. McCartin

Poetry 16

Sonnet for Zia Erin O’Luanaigh

The Last Word Valiant Efforts Dominic Preziosi

universal pictures


Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables


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