Russell Shaw

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The Common Core controversy

Russell Shaw

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

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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

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Factions in the Church

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Apr 4, 2014

By Russell Shaw

Those first century Christians of Corinth must certainly have been a boisterous, troublesome lot. But maybe we should be glad... Read more

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Lent and the Purple Monster

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Mar 10, 2014

By Russell Shaw

I was a little shy of ten years old when I had what may have been my most spiritually profitable... Read more

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Gay Marriage: Back to the Court

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Feb 24, 2014

By Russell Shaw

When the Supreme Court last June overturned a section of the Defense of Marriage Act saying that in the eyes... Read more

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Marriage surprise

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Apr 5, 2013

By Russell Shaw

Surprise! Approval of same-sex marriage has risen sharply among Americans in just a few years – according to one poll,... Read more

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Pope Francis

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Mar 25, 2013

By Russell Shaw

The surprising election of Pope Francis plainly was nosurprise to the people who really counted: the cardinals, that is, who... Read more

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The Pope we need now

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Mar 8, 2013

By Russell Shaw

“I hope we get a nice pope,” a good Catholic woman told me soon after Benedict XVI announced his resignation.“I... Read more

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The personal vocation of Pope Benedict

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Feb 22, 2013

By Russell Shaw

For the last several weeks I've been teaching an online course about the role of the Catholic laity. We'd just... Read more

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Authentic Lent, Cardinal Newman style

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Feb 8, 2013

By Russell Shaw

Why is it that Ash Wednesday and Lent remain relatively popular even in highly secularized times like these? It's a... Read more

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Gender

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Jan 29, 2013

By Russell Shaw

Defenders of traditional marriage may not believe it, but the Supreme Court's apparent intention to decide two important same-sex marriage... Read more

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Demography

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Jan 18, 2013

By Russell Shaw

The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and... Read more

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Roe at 40

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Jan 8, 2013

By Russell Shaw

As the pro-life movement contemplates four decades of legalized abortion in the United States and asks itself what really needs... Read more

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Tough religion and evangelization

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Dec 19, 2012

By Russell Shaw

Much has been said lately about how to do evangelization. I've contributed a bit to that myself. Now I begin... Read more