Russell Shaw

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and... (Read more)

Our new Mideast war

By Russell Shaw

The headline on a recent Washington Post Op-Ed about the rise of the Islamic State proclaimed “The Return of Evil.” Although one was tempted... (Read more)
At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But when the bishops... (Read more)

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)

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