Russell Shaw

At the end of October Pope Francis will travel to Sweden to join a Lutheran World Federation observance opening the 500th anniversary year of... (Read more)
Although the wave of battles now underway in several parts of the country over religious freedom laws and LGBT rights may come as a surprise to... (Read more)
To no one’s particular surprise, the process of filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death has morphed into a huge... (Read more)

The coming celibacy debate

By Russell Shaw

Speculation and trial balloons floating lately over the Vatican walls suggest that Pope Francis wants to open up a discussion of married priests... (Read more)

Lent and temptation

By Russell Shaw

It would be like telling the story of World War II and leaving out Hitler. That’s what telling the story told in the gospels would be like without... (Read more)
The potential presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, a media critic when it suits his purposes, is a creature of the media. Trump has a knack for... (Read more)

Belloc and Christendom

By Russell Shaw

Chatting with a British bishop who’d said the famous Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc sometimes came to his home when he was a child to visit his... (Read more)

Catholic voters and 2016

By Russell Shaw

With the election of a new president less than a year away, at least one thing about the outcome seems reasonably clear: whoever the winner turns... (Read more)

Roots of the Great Divide

By Russell Shaw

The inability of parties to America’s culture war to communicate meaningfully with one another on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and... (Read more)
As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel Lord of the World moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded... (Read more)

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