Russell Shaw

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

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

End Times? Yes and No

Russell Shaw

May 21, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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).

Security in a Pandemic

Russell Shaw

May 7, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

Lockdown Debate, Catholic Edition

Russell Shaw

Apr 23, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

After the pandemic

Russell Shaw

Apr 9, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

Building Community in a Pandemic

Russell Shaw

Mar 26, 2020

By Russell Shaw

So much has been said and written about the novel coronavirus that if words could stem a pandemic, we would... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Abortion Decision: Waiting on the Court

Russell Shaw

Mar 17, 2020

By Russell Shaw

For all practical purposes or at least most, the Supreme Court likely has already decided the most important abortion-related case... Read more

The March for Life outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2015.

The Court It Is a-Changin'

Russell Shaw

Feb 27, 2020

By Russell Shaw

“Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon.” That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H.... Read more

Facing the crisis 

Russell Shaw

May 12, 2019

By Russell Shaw

When the U.S. bishops gather in plenary assembly in Baltimore two months from now, their immediate task will be putting... Read more

Pope Pius XII / public domain

Pius XII and the Jews

Russell Shaw

Apr 15, 2019

By Russell Shaw

In his exhaustive history The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914 to 1958, Cambridge University historian John Pollard expresses... Read more

Pro-life sign /

Abortion politics

Russell Shaw

Apr 14, 2019

By Russell Shaw

Let us agree that the 44 Democratic senators whose votes last month blocked the Born Alive Protection Act aren’t monsters.... Read more

Sticking With the Church

Russell Shaw

Feb 28, 2019

By Russell Shaw

This column is being written on the eve of a much-publicized summit meeting of bishops from around the world whom... Read more

The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md.

The Court and the Cross

Russell Shaw

Feb 26, 2019

By Russell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among... Read more

Man in the pews /

The laity and the crisis

Russell Shaw

Feb 6, 2019

By Russell Shaw

Can a one-day conference at a university breathe life into a cause that lately appears to have stalled: involving the... Read more

Man reading the newspaper /

Vatican PR

Russell Shaw

Feb 4, 2019

By Russell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops’ conference, a journalist asked me what my... Read more

St Peter’s Basilica /

Primacy vs. synodality

Russell Shaw

Jan 19, 2019

By Russell Shaw

Something that happened at a bishops’ meeting nearly half a century ago raises questions about the Vatican’s action last month... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.

Prolife Prospects Hopeful but Uncertain

Russell Shaw

Jan 4, 2019

By Russell Shaw

When thousands of prolifers turn out for the annual March for Life in Washington on January 18, four days before... Read more

In Praise of Rudolph, et alia

Russell Shaw

Dec 14, 2018

By Russell Shaw

Deploring the commercialization, secularization, and general thinning-out of the spiritual meaning of Christmas is part of the stock in trade... Read more

Wedding cake /

The roots of secularist coercion

Russell Shaw

Nov 30, 2018

By Russell Shaw

When, several weeks ago, a Christian couple who own a bakery in Northern Ireland won a court ruling allowing them... Read more

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse /

End times

Russell Shaw

Nov 28, 2018

By Russell Shaw

As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who’d lately... Read more