Russell Shaw

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)
When Pope Francis comes to the United States in late September, chances are good that he will arrive in the middle of a bitter, highly... (Read more)

The Devil is Real

By Russell Shaw

Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he... (Read more)

Hope in secularized times

By Russell Shaw

A man I know was walking his dog when a neighbor woman approached him and inquired about his wife. Not having seen her out and about in... (Read more)
The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious... (Read more)

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