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Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Significance of the Next Synod

When the pot is boiling, turn down the heat. You can’t be sure, but that could well have been part... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Pope and the Martin Luther Anniversary

At the end of October Pope Francis will travel to Sweden to join a Lutheran World Federation observance opening the... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

New Threats to Religious Liberty

Last June five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court thumbed their noses at religious liberty. They accomplished that without spoken... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Is the mercy of God unconditional?

In a message to a gathering of bishops of the Americas in Bogota, Colombia, Pope Francis made a point that’s... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

What are voters to do?

If this presidential campaign isn’t the strangest race for the White House ever, it  will do until a stranger one... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

An old book and a continuing problem

I’d been running into references to the book every now and then for years. People told me I really ought... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

What was it that set Al Smith apart from other Catholic politicians?

Eighty-eight years ago a Happy Warrior from the streets of New York ran for President of the United States. His... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Can Americans fix our problems if we no longer share common values?

Speaking at a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a gunman in retaliation for police shootings... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

What the pro-life movement needs to do now

In the dead of winter every year thousands of pro-lifers throng the streets of downtown Washington making a public statement... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

St. Thomas Aquinas and angry American voters

Americans, a goodly number of them anyway, are angry. Opinion polls and both parties’ primaries are evidence of that. But... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

New dispatches from our endless culture war

Although the wave of battles now underway in several parts of the country over religious freedom laws and LGBT rights... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Amoris Laetitia as a whole

Now that the dust stirred by publication of Pope Francis’s new document on marriage has started to settle, it’s time... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

To vote, or not to vote?

As the presidential primaries wear on, a potentially serious dilemma has begun to take shape for some voters.  The question... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The conflicts within the conflict over replacing Justice Scalia

To no one’s particular surprise, the process of filling the Supreme Court vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death has morphed... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The coming celibacy debate

Speculation and trial balloons floating lately over the Vatican walls suggest that Pope Francis wants to open up a discussion... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Lent and temptation

It would be like telling the story of World War II and leaving out Hitler. That’s what telling the story... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Why does the media seem to think everything Trump says is newsworthy?

The potential presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, a media critic when it suits his purposes, is a creature of the... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Belloc and Christendom

Chatting with a British bishop who’d said the famous Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc sometimes came to his home when he... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Catholic voters and 2016

With the election of a new president less than a year away, at least one thing about the outcome seems... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Roots of the Great Divide

The inability of parties to America’s culture war to communicate meaningfully with one another on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage,... Read more