Robert Hudson has written “a parallel biography” of what some might consider an unlikely pair, Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan. Both of these poets, however, figured largely as influences on my own development as a poet and Catholic thinker. Read a review of the book in Commonweal.
Here is an essay that Thomas Merton published in Commonweal in 1962: Nuclear War and Christian Responsibility. It’s a message we need to hear again and again.
Steve Bannon hasn’t gone away; he’s still doing his damnedest to drive others away. Dismissing the “the prophets’ insistence that nations will be judged by how the powerful treat the weak, and Jesus’ ministry on the margins,” he contemptibly suggests that the Catholic Church only supports Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Immigrants program because “they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.” Read John Gehring’s essay in Commonweal.