Russell Shaw

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

The U.S. Supreme Court building. Credit: Steven Frame/Shutterstock.

Religion and the Court

Russell Shaw

Aug 12, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Has the Supreme Court sold out to religion? You could be excused for thinking so if all you had to... Read more

Eucharistic Revival

Russell Shaw

Jul 15, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Nearly buried last month in the hubbub surrounding the U.S. bishops’ debate over who is and isn’t worthy to receive... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court building

The Court and Abortion

Russell Shaw

Jun 3, 2021

By Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court’s announcement that it will consider an abortion case from Mississippi next fall touched off a predictable outpouring... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass with First Communions in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky, Bulgaria on May 6, 2019.

Bishops, Politicians, and Communion

Russell Shaw

May 20, 2021

By Russell Shaw

If you’re seeking evidence of how hard it is for the Church to communicate its message in and to our... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021.

The Pope and Populism

Russell Shaw

May 6, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Is Pope Francis a populist? The simple answer is no. A better answer is necessarily more complicated. Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States. Credit: Shutterstock

The Supreme Court’s Abortion Mystery

Russell Shaw

Apr 22, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Imagine trying to follow a game whose rules and objectives you don’t know and whose players aren’t letting on. That... Read more

Germain Grisez. Courtesy of Mt. St. Mary's University.

Three Philosophers

Russell Shaw

Apr 8, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Intellectual confusion resembling a smog of the mind has been a deadening presence in Catholicism in the years since Vatican... Read more

The Future Is Here For American Catholics

Russell Shaw

Mar 25, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Eight years ago I published a book called American Church. The subtitle explained what it was about: “The Remarkable Rise,... Read more