Russell Shaw

St. Thomas Aquinas and angry American voters

Russell Shaw

Jun 13, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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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New dispatches from our endless culture war

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May 20, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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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Amoris Laetitia as a whole

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Apr 28, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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

To vote, or not to vote?

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Apr 19, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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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The conflicts within the conflict over replacing Justice Scalia

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Mar 3, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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

The coming celibacy debate

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Feb 22, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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

Lent and temptation

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Feb 4, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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

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

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Jan 8, 2016

By Russell Shaw

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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Belloc and Christendom

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Dec 26, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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Catholic voters and 2016

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Dec 14, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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Roots of the Great Divide

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Nov 13, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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

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Assisted suicide a century ago and now

Russell Shaw

Oct 16, 2015

By Russell Shaw

As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel Lord of the World moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who... Read more

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America has accommodated conscientious objection before. Why not now?

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Sep 18, 2015

By Russell Shaw

Let’s begin by recognizing that the case of the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex... Read more

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The Pope and popularity

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Sep 3, 2015

By Russell Shaw

Journalists are understandably fond of conflict—after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to... Read more

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Why we need to pray for personal vocations, too

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Aug 23, 2015

By Russell Shaw

In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for... Read more

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Complementarity in marriage

Russell Shaw

Jul 13, 2015

By Russell Shaw

Does Henry Higgins hold the key to settling the same-sex marriage debate? Not quite. But in the wake of the... Read more

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Is spiritual direction just for nuns and clergy?

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Jun 27, 2015

By Russell Shaw

Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity... Read more

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What the Pew Research Center is telling us about religion in America

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Jun 13, 2015

By Russell Shaw

The first and arguably most important thing to say about the Pew Research Center’s new overview of American religion is... Read more

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The Persecution Has Begun

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Jun 8, 2015

By Russell Shaw

The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted,... Read more

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The Pope’s visit and same-sex marriage

Russell Shaw

May 1, 2015

By Russell Shaw

When Pope Francis comes to the United States in late September, chances are good that he will arrive in the... Read more