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

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Three Philosophers

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

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Future Is Here For American Catholics

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

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By Russell Shaw

Saving Catholic Schools

A little over two centuries ago – in 1810, to be precise – a brave, devout woman named Elizabeth Ann... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

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By Russell Shaw

After the McCarrick Report

The Vatican document tracing the rise of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick through the hierarchy’s ranks has been praised for its unprecedented... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a General Audience Address in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 12, 2020.

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By Russell Shaw

Legalism and Civil Unions

If you were wondering what became of moral legalism, wonder no more – legalistic thinking has found its home in... Read more

The White House.

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By Russell Shaw

How Not To Elect a President

Let me begin with what I suspect will be a welcome promise – I won’t tell you which candidate to... Read more

The March for Life before the Supreme Court of the United States, Jan. 22, 2015.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Court Confirmation Ordeal

When did confirming someone for a seat on the Supreme Court become a traumatic ordeal for the candidate and the... Read more

Gerard David's 'The Marriage at Cana' (c. 1500)

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By Russell Shaw

Of Miracles, Fast and Slow

A friend asks me to write about miracles, taking as an example the events that brought him and his wife... Read more

Statue of Karl Marx in Moscow.

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By Russell Shaw

The Rise of Cultural Marxism

Some years ago, Lee Edwards, a veteran conservative writer and a friend of mine, launched an organization, the Victims of... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

On the Road to Polyamory

Under the heading “A fair chance for children” the New York Times editorial board recommends four measures to help low-income... Read more

Castle Howard, used in the 1981 TV serial adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

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By Russell Shaw

On Revisiting Brideshead

In the late spring of 1945, as World War II was drawing toward a close, a novel called Brideshead Revisited... Read more

Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services. Photo courtesy of Becket.

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By Russell Shaw

Religious Liberty After Bostock

Does the Catholic Church have a right to follow its convictions about sexual morality in its own institutions without being... Read more

John Roberts testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings to be Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Sept. 13, 2005.

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By Russell Shaw

Sound Advice from the Chief

Disappointed prolifers were predictably angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for providing the fifth vote in the five-member Supreme Court... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020.

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By Russell Shaw

China and Rome

Not long after coming to power in 1933, the German government headed by  Adolf  Hitler sought a formal agreement with... Read more

Michelangelo's The Fall and Expulsion from Paradise from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel (1508-12).

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By Russell Shaw

The Roots of the Crisis

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is one of the most remarkable documents in American history – a serious theological meditation... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

In Defense of Homeschooling

Although a Harvard law school professor’s recent proposal that homeschooling children be banned provoked a predictable hornets’ nest of justifiably... Read more

Detail from Michelangelo's fresco The Last Judgement, in the Sistine Chapel (1536-41).

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By Russell Shaw

End Times? Yes and No

One of the more predictable byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been an uptick in apocalyptic warnings that the end... Read more

Rembrandt's The Parable of the Rich Fool (1627).

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By Russell Shaw

Security in a Pandemic

Security. Safety. Safekeeping. The human craving for protection against harm is universal and reaches its anxiety-ridden peak in the face... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Lockdown Debate, Catholic Edition

It now appears that the legacy of the coronavirus pandemic is going to include an ongoing, sometimes ugly debate on... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

After the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of abating as this is written, but it’s none too soon to start thinking... Read more