Russell Shaw

Factions in the Church

By Russell Shaw

Those first century Christians of Corinth must certainly have been a boisterous, troublesome lot. But maybe we should be glad that they were.... (Read more)

Lent and the Purple Monster

By Russell Shaw

I was a little shy of ten years old when I had what may have been my most spiritually profitable Lent ever. Looking back now, I can see clearly... (Read more)
When the Supreme Court last June overturned a section of the Defense of Marriage Act saying that in the eyes of the federal government only... (Read more)

Marriage surprise

By Russell Shaw

Surprise! Approval of same-sex marriage has risen sharply among Americans in just a few years – according to one poll, from 41 percent in favor... (Read more)

Pope Francis

By Russell Shaw

The surprising election of Pope Francis plainly was nosurprise to the people who really counted: the cardinals, that is, who swiftly chosehim on... (Read more)

The Pope we need now

By Russell Shaw

“I hope we get a nice pope,” a good Catholic woman told me soon after Benedict XVI announced his resignation.“I don't care whether he's nice or... (Read more)
For the last several weeks I've been teaching an online course about the role of the Catholic laity. We'd just gotten to the subject of personal... (Read more)
Why is it that Ash Wednesday and Lent remain relatively popular even in highly secularized times like these? It's a serious question that... (Read more)


By Russell Shaw

Defenders of traditional marriage may not believe it, but the Supreme Court's apparent intention to decide two important same-sex marriage cases... (Read more)


By Russell Shaw

The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and... (Read more)

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