Russell Shaw

The laity and the crisis

By Russell Shaw

Can a one-day conference at a university breathe life into a cause that lately appears to have stalled: involving the Catholic laity in ending the... (Read more)

Vatican PR

By Russell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops’ conference, a journalist asked me what my definition of good public... (Read more)

Primacy vs. synodality

By Russell Shaw

Something that happened at a bishops’ meeting nearly half a century ago raises questions about the Vatican’s action last month telling the U.S.... (Read more)
When thousands of prolifers turn out for the annual March for Life in Washington on January 18, four days before the 46th anniversary of the... (Read more)
Deploring the commercialization, secularization, and general thinning-out of the spiritual meaning of Christmas is part of the stock in trade of... (Read more)
When, several weeks ago, a Christian couple who own a bakery in Northern Ireland won a court ruling allowing them to refuse to bake a cake for a... (Read more)

End times

By Russell Shaw

As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who’d lately exited the confessional approached me and in a... (Read more)
As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who’d lately exited the confessional approached me and in a... (Read more)

The Kavanaugh hearings

By Russell Shaw

As I think about the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the entire affair takes on the look of a monstrous... (Read more)
“Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?” Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might have been, most people would say... (Read more)