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by Raymond A. Schroth

In 1971, when I first met the Commonweal editors, Jim O’Gara, Jack Deedy and Ed Skillin, what stood out was their civility (another word for humility), clear-sightedness and courage. Jesuit Dan Berrigan described Jack, a significant figure in Catholic journalism who died at 82 on March 28, as a man of "great integrity, who saw truth clearly and wrote that way." Jack came to his clear-sightedness through a life of study, travel and more pain than I had suspected.


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