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Commonweal [Kindle Edition]

by Commonweal Foundation
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Commonweal’s mission is to provide a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture. Read by a passionate audience of educated, committed Catholics, as well as readers from many other faith traditions, Commonweal presents well-argued, respectful points of view from across the ideological spectrum. In an often contentiously divided Catholic church and secular culture, its status as an independent, lay-run journal of opinion encourages conversations that can be difficult in other settings.

Since its founding in 1924 Commonweal has staked a claim for Catholic principles and perspective in American life, and for laypeople’s voices within the church. It has been credited with helping prepare American Catholics for Vatican II and its aftermath, and Commonweal’s current readers say it has helped them weather the sexual-abuse scandal in the church and work through questions and frustrations related to the role of women, the relationship between religion and politics, and church teachings on sexuality. The magazine has an ongoing interest in social justice, ecumenism, just-war teaching, liturgical renewal, women’s issues, the primacy of conscience, and the interchange between Catholicism and liberal democracy. Today Commonweal publishes many of the leading Catholic theologians, writers, and public figures in the United States, including Alice McDermott, Luke Timothy Johnson, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, Ken Woodward, Paul Elie, and Sidney Callahan, among many others.

Commonweal has always been liberal in temperament, opinionated but tolerant in tone. It has never shrunk, however, from taking strong and controversial positions. The editors condemned the firebombing of Dresden and the use of atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in the decades to follow Commonweal criticized American racism; supported resistance to U.S. involvement in Vietnam; and took issue with the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae vitae but also the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Today the magazine maintains prolife convictions while being critical of single-issue abortion politics, and provides a space for marginalized voices in the church and on the national scene.

Commonweal is published 20 times a year in print as well as in digitally enhanced multimedia formats, including special issues each year dedicated to contemporary theology, interreligious dialogue, books, and fiction. It is edited by Catholic laypeople and published by the nonprofit Commonweal Foundation.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This magazine deserves five stars, but... December 30, 2011
By Dan
I have been a subscriber of this magazine for several years. I am very happy it finally made it to the electronic version. The only think I don't like is the fact that I can not read the past issue. When I bought the subscription, I immediately got my issue delivered to my Kindle Fire... I was half way into reading it and the past issue disappeared and the new issue appeared. I want to be able to at least finish the past issue before jumping into the next one... otherwise, this is one of the best magazines ever, and the format for Kindle is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Generally one of the better Kindle formatted magazines January 10, 2013
Kindle Commonweal has the fine content print readers love and is also one of the more successful Kindle migrations.

The earlier reviewer needs to read his Kindle User Manual. Past issues of Kindle Periodicals remain on the Kindle for several issues in a special folder (look for it at the end of the list of collections next to the Archived List folder.) You can also use the menu to choose to keep an issue and it will stay on your kindle until you unkeep or delete it.

Also the recent Jan 11 issue was missing the cover article. Notified of the problem the publisher has fixed it and the correction can be obtained by deleting the bad issue and downloading it again from your archive.

The publishers quick response was refreshing. I have had others kiss off my complaints by passing the buck to amazon. Many apparently do not subscribe to their own Kindle editions to see what their publication actually looks like on Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine May 28, 2014
The ultimate magazine for thoughtful commentary. I've been a subscriber for many, many years and thought I'd try the kindle edition. I love it -- and the fact that I can easily keep back issues for future reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always challenging and entertaining March 2, 2014
This 125 year old lay run magazine features some of the best journalism around on arts, culture, literature and "The Church (Roamn catholic)" with spiritual writings plus news of the institutional church and its joys , sorrows and humiliations. Wonderful to look forward to each week and I miss it when they take time off during the summer. I find myself buying and reading so many of the books they review in literature politics, history. Also up todate analysis of important information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent views January 9, 2014
Commonweal gives you the opportunity to read intelligent reports and opinions instead of the normal soundbite television and radio news.
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