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By Russell Shaw

Building Community in a Pandemic

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.

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By Russell Shaw

Abortion Decision: Waiting on the Court

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.

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By Russell Shaw

The Court It Is a-Changin'

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

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By Russell Shaw

Facing the crisis 

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

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Pius XII and the Jews

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 /

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Abortion politics

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

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By Russell Shaw

Sticking With the Church

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.

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By Russell Shaw

The Court and the Cross

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 /

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The laity and the crisis

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 /

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Vatican PR

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 /

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Primacy vs. synodality

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.

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By Russell Shaw

Prolife Prospects Hopeful but Uncertain

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

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By Russell Shaw

In Praise of Rudolph, et alia

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

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The roots of secularist coercion

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 /

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End times

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

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

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By Russell Shaw

On current interest in the End Times

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

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. /

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The Kavanaugh hearings

As I think about the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the entire affair takes on... Read more

Official Portrait of Saint Pope Paul VI / Public Domain

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By Russell Shaw

The canonization of Pope Paul VI

“Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?” Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

How Catholics are responding to the scandals

What do serious, practicing Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis? To find out, you can commission a public opinion... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Smoke of Satan Again?

The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university.... Read more