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Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

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By Russell Shaw

We Need Truth

Statements by Pope Francis and American bishops reacting to the Church’s sex abuse scandal suggest they are serious about getting... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The ‘reception’ of Humanae Vitae 

In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The Trump-Kim summit and human rights

On the eve of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, Pope Francis led a crowd of 20,000 in St. Peter’s Square... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The Kennedy succession

For Americans on both sides of social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from... Read more

Evelyn Waugh.

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By Russell Shaw

Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One at 70

Just 70 years ago this month a slender novel bearing the innocuous title The Loved One made its appearance in... Read more

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Justice Kennedy and the Supreme Court

Rumors have been flying around Washington that Justice Anthony Kennedy will announce his retirement from the Supreme Court shortly after... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The speaker and the chaplain

Barring further developments (and let’s hope that there aren’t any), the kerfuffle over the Catholic chaplain of the House of... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Evangelicals and the first amendment

According to reports, evangelical leaders are planning a gathering that will bring a thousand pastors to Washington later this spring... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Viri probati

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for a synod of bishops of the Amazon region... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Free speech, conscience, and the court

In his much discussed indictment of secularized liberal democracy, Polish philosopher and sometime government minister Ryszard Legutko writes bitingly of... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Pro-life and the U.S. Supreme Court

Defeat on a Senate procedural vote last January of legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy was a... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Grisez’s influence on Catholic moral thinking

“We are all students of Grisez now.” The man who said that several years ago was a Catholic theologian not... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Religious freedom and U.S. foreign policy

Promoting international religious liberty is one of those things that America ought to be doing for its own sake, but... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The morality of nuclear deterrence 

“We are at the limit of what is licit.” In early December Pope Francis offered that assessment of nuclear deterrence... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The spiritual journey of Robert Hugh Benson

It’s said that Robert Hugh Benson’s conversion to Roman Catholicism was an act of rebellion against his father, Edward White... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

A post-truth culture

Has America become home to a post-truth culture? I ran into that phrase – “post-truth culture” – casually applied to... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court’s new abortion case

Imagine the government ordered Ford dealers to post signs telling prospective auto buyers to check out Chevrolet or required vegan... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Marriage and social class

Among the benign myths that lie close to the hearts of many Americans is the belief that, in the end,... Read more