Russell Shaw

Abortion supporters rally outside the Supreme court on Dec. 1, 2021, in conjunction with oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

The Father of the Abortion Movement

Russell Shaw

May 19, 2022

By Russell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the... Read more

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The Trouble with Legalism

Russell Shaw

May 5, 2022

By Russell Shaw

When the Church speaks definitively on morality – says that without exception something is wrong – is it declaring a... Read more

Dr. Tom Perille, a retired physician and president of the Democrats for Life of Colorado, holding a model showing preborn babies at various stages of development. Perille planned to testify against an abortion bill at the Colorado state capitol on March 9, 2022.

Naming Abortion

Russell Shaw

Apr 21, 2022

By Russell Shaw

The abortion-friendly Washington Post recently provided a revealing look into a debate taking place in the world of abortion advocacy.... Read more

Holy Week at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Holy Week in Ukraine

Russell Shaw

Apr 7, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Holy Week, the week of Christ’s suffering and death, has a special name this year – Ukraine. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016.

The Pope and the Patriarch

Russell Shaw

Mar 24, 2022

By Russell Shaw

So there will be no meeting, at least for now, between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow... Read more

President Joe Biden announced on Feb. 25, 2022 that federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is his first nominee to the Supreme Court.

Biden's Supreme Court Pick

Russell Shaw

Mar 18, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Something unusual happened last month at the session during which President Joe Biden introduced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his... Read more

Archbishop Leo Cushley distributes ashes during an Ash Wednesday service in a Scottish Parliament building.

Straight Talk on Ash Wednesday

Russell Shaw

Feb 24, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Why are so many people so keen on “getting the ashes”? The question naturally comes to mind as Ash Wednesday... Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope

Science, Faith, and Outer Space

Russell Shaw

Feb 10, 2022

By Russell Shaw

I was chatting with a man who had a doctorate in astronomy and now held a top science post in... Read more

Pope Francis during the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Jan. 26, 2022.

The Pope, the Pets, and Population

Russell Shaw

Jan 27, 2022

By Russell Shaw

The recent comment by Pope Francis that people who have pets instead of children are, sometimes at least, manifesting selfishness... Read more

Huck and Jim on their raft, illustration by E.W. Kemble from the 1884 edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Solving Our Race Problem

Russell Shaw

Jan 13, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Here is today’s quiz: What 19th century novel points the way to a lasting solution to the racial tensions afflicting... Read more

Keara Brown, originally from Columbus, Ohio, came with her Washington, D.C. team from pro-life group Live Action. They attended the pro-life rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.

Waiting for Dobbs

Russell Shaw

Dec 30, 2021

By Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision on abortion almost certainly is a done deal. The justices and their clerks know the... Read more

The Journey to Bethlehem, a mosaic in Istanbul's Chora Church, c. 1315.

Leaving Home for Christmas

Russell Shaw

Dec 17, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Although coming home for Christmas is a beautiful holiday tradition greatly to be cherished, it nevertheless occurs to me that... Read more

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A Fair Shake for Parental Choice?

Russell Shaw

Dec 2, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Four years ago, in a case from Missouri, a majority of justices of the Supreme Court agreed that a Lutheran... Read more

Protestors hold signs at the 2020 March of Life.

End of the line for Roe v. Wade?

Russell Shaw

Nov 22, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Starting Dec. 1, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will begin work in earnest on what already looks to... Read more

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National (Dis)unity

Russell Shaw

Nov 4, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Are the bonds of American national unity becoming dangerously frayed? To judge from a steady stream of books, op ed... Read more

William Blake's 'Dante and Virgil before the Angelic Guardian of the Gate of Purgatory' (1826-7)

Why Purgatory?

Russell Shaw

Oct 21, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy... Read more

St. John Paul II.

Spreading the Thinking of Pope John Paul II

Russell Shaw

Oct 7, 2021

By Russell Shaw

It’s sometimes said Pope St. John Paul II was the most intellectually gifted occupant of the See of Peter ever,... Read more

The 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018.

After 'Roe'

Russell Shaw

Sep 23, 2021

By Russell Shaw

In a long, somewhat rambling piece about the bishops and abortion appearing in the September Commonweal, Peter Steinfels makes a... Read more

Sigrid Undset, author of Kristin Lavransdatter, writing at Bjerkebæk, her home in Lillehammer, Norway.

The Greatest Catholic Novel

Russell Shaw

Sep 9, 2021

By Russell Shaw

If you think a novel set in 14th century Norway has to be dull, think again. Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter... Read more

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Handing on the Faith

Russell Shaw

Aug 26, 2021

By Russell Shaw

It’s hard to imagine that anyone who ever raised children found it an entirely easy job. Challenging, exciting, often rewarding... Read more