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Scandal and communionRussell Shaw

Central to the decision by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to deny Communion to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the reality of scandal. As Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., ...

Grandparents and the faith Russell Shaw

In one of the Wednesday audience talks he's been giving on aging, Pope Francis declared what he called "the alliance of the generations" to be "indispensable." "A society in which the elderly do ...

What the father of abortion had in mindRussell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, the rhetoric of editorialists and commentators friendly to abortion ...

Moral truth Russell Shaw

When the Church speaks definitively on morality -- says that without exception something is wrong -- is it declaring a truth or laying down a law? Confusion about that is rampant today. Recently, I came ...

Abortion semanticsRussell Shaw

The abortion-friendly Washington Post recently provided a revealing look into a debate taking place in the world of abortion advocacy. The issue, in short, is whether to call abortion "abortion" or call ...

Holy Week in Ukraine Russell Shaw

Holy Week, the week of Christ's suffering and death, has a special name this yea -- Ukraine. Let Caryll Houselander explain why that's so: "For us, this war is the passion of Christ. There is ...

The pope and the patriarchRussell Shaw

So there will be no meeting, at least for now, between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Kirill's support for President Vladimir Putin's brutal war in ...

Biden's Supreme Court pick Russell Shaw

Something unusual happened last month at the session during which President Joe Biden introduced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his choice for the Supreme Court. When her turn to speak came, she began ...