Russell Shaw

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)
Let’s begin by recognizing that the case of the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because same-sex... (Read more)

The Pope and popularity

By Russell Shaw

Journalists are understandably fond of conflict—after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to a drop... (Read more)
In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and... (Read more)

Complementarity in marriage

By Russell Shaw

Does Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring a... (Read more)
Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not... (Read more)
The first and arguably most important thing to say about the Pew Research Center’s new overview of American religion is that it offers no... (Read more)

The Persecution Has Begun

By Russell Shaw

The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it... (Read more)

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