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Russell Shaw

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Assisted suicide a century ago and now

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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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

America has accommodated conscientious objection before. Why not now?

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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By Russell Shaw

The Pope and popularity

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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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Why we need to pray for personal vocations, too

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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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Complementarity in marriage

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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By Russell Shaw

Is spiritual direction just for nuns and clergy?

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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By Russell Shaw

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

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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By Russell Shaw

The Persecution Has Begun

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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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Pope’s visit and same-sex marriage

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

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By Russell Shaw

The Devil is Real

Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Hope in secularized times

A man I know was walking his dog when a neighbor woman approached him and inquired about his wife. Not... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Catholic Church and same-sex marriage

The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

The problem of unserious politics

I try to take American politics seriously, I really do. Serious issues are at stake, after all. But sometimes, entirely... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Ideals and Norms

Is the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, including indissolubility, an ideal or a norm? Although the question may sound abstract,... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Great Society

President Lyndon Baines Johnson had spoken the words “Great Society” before, but on January 4, 1965 he brought the pieces... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Real Life Heroes: Unknown and Unrecognized

Let’s face it, 2014 was a rotten year for heroes and hero worship. Sure, it brought plucky, admirable people who... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Culture War

For months after the Supreme Court abruptly legalized abortion in its Roe v. Wade decision of January 1973, people who... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Dietrich von Hildebrand vs. Hilter and the Nazis

To many Germans in the early 1930s, Adolf Hitler looked like just what Germany needed. Here, they imagined, was a... Read more

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Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The crisis the synod ought to have talked about

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of... Read more

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By Russell Shaw

Our new Mideast war

The headline on a recent Washington Post Op-Ed about the rise of the Islamic State proclaimed “The Return of Evil.”... Read more