Russell Shaw

Don Alvaro

By Russell Shaw

As Pope John Paul II was leaving Opus Dei headquarters in Rome after paying his respects at the wake of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, someone... (Read more)

The Caregiver

By Russell Shaw

The 36-Hour Day (Grand Central Life & Style) is a handbook familiar to many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of... (Read more)

The Common Core controversy

By Russell Shaw

Longer ago than I care to remember, I spent three years working for a Washington-based national education organization. I liked the people,... (Read more)

Was Vatican II needed?

By Russell Shaw

Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II... (Read more)
Considered either as an ideology or as a program of action, secularism is deeply coercive. Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the... (Read more)

Iraq: Where to go from here

By Russell Shaw

Starting in 2003, the United States has made two fundamental mistakes in Iraq, both with strong moral implications. At the risk of... (Read more)
Forty years ago, as the falloff in Sunday Mass attendance by American Catholics was becoming too obvious to ignore, Catholic voices began to... (Read more)

Crisis in the news business

By Russell Shaw

It was a week that began with the management of The New York Times forcing out the paper’s executive editor after just three years. A few... (Read more)

Our spontaneous Pope

By Russell Shaw

Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel.... (Read more)


By Russell Shaw

You know morality and common sense are both under siege when a plainly obnoxious practice is regarded with complacency and even respect.... (Read more)

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