Russell Shaw

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)

Toxic Culture 

By Russell Shaw

In today’s America, as in other countries like it, people of faith are facing a question of critical importance: How should they respond to a... (Read more)
As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a... (Read more)
It’s a commonplace to say that America, along with other Western countries, is currently experiencing a cultural—which is to say: moral—crisis.... (Read more)
Up here in the northern half of the planet, where Lent coincides with the end of winter and the onset of spring, the imagery of rebirth and... (Read more)
Just as people who like sausage shouldn’t visit a sausage factory, so people who stand in awe of the United States Senate shouldn’t get too close... (Read more)

Conservatives and Trump

By Russell Shaw

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump’s ascendancy... (Read more)

Child Poverty and Family

By Russell Shaw

In setting out to confront a problem, it’s necessary to understand its causes in order to apply realistic solutions. Child poverty in America... (Read more)
Dear President-elect Trump: Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because it is the most easily ignored. But even if this letter... (Read more)

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