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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Atheists and believers: Talking past each other

The challenge of finding language in which believers and non-believers can communicate is unintentionally illustrated in a bestselling new book... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The dangers of U.S. “groupthink” 

As a kind of back-to-school gift to students, professors at three of the nation’s prestige schools offered them a piece... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Friendship – the remedy for racism

Amid the cries of alarm in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville, one unanswered question stands out: After... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Learning to read Chesterton

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I’ve never been what you would call a fan... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Europe’s Christian identity

Looking at things from this side of the Atlantic, it is easy to think of Europe as a single, united... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court and church schools

Will a preschool kids’ playground turn out to be the path that leads to ending a historic form of discrimination... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

War on chastity

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here’s one: “The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

America First for the Fourth of July?

Along with the customary cluster of cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the 4th of July this year brings something different to... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

America's multifaceted crisis of addiction

It would be too simple to say that temperance is the sole solution to America’s multifaceted crisis of addiction, but... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Trump and the Media

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. That’s been the story of Donald Trump’s relationship with... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Being legalistic and being law-abiding, and the big difference 

In case you didn’t notice, Pope Francis thinks legalism is a bad thing – and that’s good news. For legalism,... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

A new round in the liturgy translation war?

The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” That was my first reaction to the... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Toxic Culture 

In today’s America, as in other countries like it, people of faith are facing a question of critical importance: How... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Dialogue between Science and Religion

As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Catholic Cultural Assimilation

It’s a commonplace to say that America, along with other Western countries, is currently experiencing a cultural—which is to say:... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Let Lent bring a spiritual Spring

Up here in the northern half of the planet, where Lent coincides with the end of winter and the onset... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Struggle to Shape the Supreme Court

Just as people who like sausage shouldn’t visit a sausage factory, so people who stand in awe of the United... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Conservatives and Trump

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump’s... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Child Poverty and Family

In setting out to confront a problem, it’s necessary to understand its causes in order to apply realistic solutions. Child... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Letter to the President-Elect

Dear President-elect Trump: Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because it is the most easily ignored. But... Read more