Russell Shaw

Lent and temptation

Russell Shaw

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?

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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?

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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?

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

Russell Shaw

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

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The Devil is Real

Russell Shaw

Apr 2, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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Hope in secularized times

Russell Shaw

Mar 9, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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The Catholic Church and same-sex marriage

Russell Shaw

Feb 20, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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The problem of unserious politics

Russell Shaw

Feb 6, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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Ideals and Norms

Russell Shaw

Jan 23, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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Great Society

Russell Shaw

Jan 8, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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