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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

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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

Saving Catholic Schools

Russell Shaw

Dec 3, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

Theodore McCarrick.

After the McCarrick Report

Russell Shaw

Nov 19, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

Legalism and Civil Unions

Russell Shaw

Nov 5, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

The White House.

How Not To Elect a President

Russell Shaw

Oct 22, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

The Court Confirmation Ordeal

Russell Shaw

Oct 8, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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)

Of Miracles, Fast and Slow

Russell Shaw

Sep 24, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

The Rise of Cultural Marxism

Russell Shaw

Sep 10, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

On the Road to Polyamory

Russell Shaw

Aug 27, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

On Revisiting Brideshead

Russell Shaw

Aug 13, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

Religious Liberty After Bostock

Russell Shaw

Jul 30, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

Sound Advice from the Chief

Russell Shaw

Jul 16, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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.

China and Rome

Russell Shaw

Jul 1, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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).

The Roots of the Crisis

Russell Shaw

Jun 18, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

In Defense of Homeschooling

Russell Shaw

Jun 4, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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