Russell Shaw

Amid the cries of alarm in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville, one unanswered question stands out: After all these years – all... (Read more)

Learning to read Chesterton

By Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I’ve never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some... (Read more)
Looking at things from this side of the Atlantic, it is easy to think of Europe as a single, united entity. Seen up close it’s not so clear.... (Read more)
Will a preschool kids’ playground turn out to be the path that leads to ending a historic form of discrimination against church-sponsored schools... (Read more)

War on chastity

By Russell Shaw

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here’s one: “The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” Evidence for the destructive... (Read more)
Along with the customary cluster of cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the 4th of July this year brings something different to the observance of... (Read more)
It would be too simple to say that temperance is the sole solution to America’s multifaceted crisis of addiction, but it’s entirely realistic to... (Read more)

Trump and the Media

By Russell Shaw

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. That’s been the story of Donald Trump’s relationship with the media for a long time, and... (Read more)
In case you didn’t notice, Pope Francis thinks legalism is a bad thing – and that’s good news. For legalism, correctly understood, is opposed to... (Read more)
The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” That was my first reaction to the news that a new Vatican commission had been... (Read more)