Russell Shaw

Free speech, conscience, and the court

Russell Shaw

Apr 3, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

Pro-life and the U.S. Supreme Court

Russell Shaw

Mar 10, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

Grisez’s influence on Catholic moral thinking

Russell Shaw

Feb 17, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

Religious freedom and U.S. foreign policy

Russell Shaw

Feb 9, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

The morality of nuclear deterrence 

Russell Shaw

Jan 25, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

Monsignor R. H. Benson, Oct., 1912 / Public Domain

The spiritual journey of Robert Hugh Benson

Russell Shaw

Jan 8, 2018

By Russell Shaw

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

A post-truth culture

Russell Shaw

Dec 9, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

The Supreme Court’s new abortion case

Russell Shaw

Dec 2, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

Marriage and social class

Russell Shaw

Oct 28, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

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Atheists and believers: Talking past each other

Russell Shaw

Oct 12, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

The dangers of U.S. “groupthink” 

Russell Shaw

Sep 14, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

Friendship – the remedy for racism

Russell Shaw

Sep 3, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

G. K. Chesterton, by Ernest Herbert Mills, 1909_Public Domain_CNA

Learning to read Chesterton

Russell Shaw

Aug 19, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

Europe’s Christian identity

Russell Shaw

Aug 3, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

The Supreme Court and church schools

Russell Shaw

Jul 20, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

War on chastity

Russell Shaw

Jul 11, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

America First for the Fourth of July?

Russell Shaw

Jul 3, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

America's multifaceted crisis of addiction

Russell Shaw

Jun 10, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

Trump and the Media

Russell Shaw

May 27, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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

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

Russell Shaw

May 13, 2017

By Russell Shaw

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