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Preparing for marriageRussell Shaw

These are not the best of times for Catholic marriage in America. Numbers illustrate the point. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, in 2020 -- when U.S. Catholic population ...

Two visions of the Church Russell Shaw

Recently, without intending it, I found myself reading at the same time the latest document from the Vatican's Synod office and "The Diary of a Country Priest" by Georges Bernanos. The juxtaposition ...

Violent AmericaRussell Shaw

A few days ago, Americans awoke to the news that a man shouting, "Where's Nancy?" had staged a hammer attack on the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Weeks earlier, a man with ...

Abortion in the next Congress Russell Shaw

A woman I know told me recently how she came to see abortion in a different light: "I was pro-abortion without thinking much about it. I just took it for granted that abortion was okay -- women's ...

War and nuclear threatRussell Shaw

People enjoy cheering on a little guy who appears to be holding his own against a bully. Much of reaction to the Ukrainians' gutsy effort to repel the brutal Russian invasion of their country has ...

Sticking to the letter of Vatican II Russell Shaw

What was the Second Vatican Council all about? With the 60th anniversary of the council's opening now close at hand, you can still get an argument about that. Instead of consulting the "spirit" of ...

Agenda for bishopsRussell Shaw

In mid-November, the American bishops, gathered in general assembly, will choose a successor to Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles to serve a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic ...

A new test for campus equity Russell Shaw

In most people's vocabularies, "equity" is a positive word signifying fairness or even-handedness. In the vocabulary of today's woke social justice warriors, though, equity can signify something ...