Russell Shaw

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Real Life Heroes: Unknown and Unrecognized

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Jan 5, 2015

By Russell Shaw

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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The Culture War

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Dec 12, 2014

By Russell Shaw

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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Dietrich von Hildebrand vs. Hilter and the Nazis

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Nov 28, 2014

By Russell Shaw

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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The crisis the synod ought to have talked about

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Nov 13, 2014

By Russell Shaw

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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Our new Mideast war

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Nov 3, 2014

By Russell Shaw

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

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The Francis Effect and the Chicago Appointment

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Oct 20, 2014

By Russell Shaw

At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But... Read more

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Don Alvaro

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Sep 8, 2014

By Russell Shaw

As Pope John Paul II was leaving Opus Dei headquarters in Rome after paying his respects at the wake of... Read more

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The Caregiver

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Aug 21, 2014

By Russell Shaw

The 36-Hour Day (Grand Central Life & Style) is a handbook familiar to many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and... Read more

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The Common Core controversy

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Aug 11, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Longer ago than I care to remember, I spent three years working for a Washington-based national education organization. I liked... Read more

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Was Vatican II needed?

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Jul 24, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve... Read more

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Secularist reactions to Hobby Lobby

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Jul 10, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Considered either as an ideology or as a program of action, secularism is deeply coercive. Reactions to the Supreme Court’s... Read more

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Iraq: Where to go from here

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Jun 26, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Starting in 2003, the United States has made two fundamental mistakes in Iraq, both with strong moral implications. At the... Read more

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The church attendence decline and what to do about it

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Jun 13, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Forty years ago, as the falloff in Sunday Mass attendance by American Catholics was becoming too obvious to ignore, Catholic... Read more

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Crisis in the news business

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May 29, 2014

By Russell Shaw

It was a week that began with the management of The New York Times forcing out the paper’s executive editor... Read more

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Our spontaneous Pope

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May 15, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel. Spontaneity... Read more

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Studies

Russell Shaw

May 5, 2014

By Russell Shaw

You know morality and common sense are both under siege when a plainly obnoxious practice is regarded with complacency and... Read more