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Eucharistic RevivalRussell Shaw

A New York Times/CBS poll some years ago found that two out of three adult American Catholics didn't believe that at Mass the consecrated bread and wine truly became Jesus' body and blood. Instead, ...

Ash Wednesday and Lent Russell Shaw

It happens every year on Ash Wednesday. In our downtown parishes, women and men, old and young, office and construction workers, corporate lawyers, police officers, messengers, and many others cut short ...

Making a Covid RetreatRussell Shaw

My recent experience of a COVID-induced quarantine during my first bout with this highly unpleasant disease got me thinking that, along with other purposes, the experience might be God's way of giving ...

What it means to bless someone or something Russell Shaw

Remember Humpty-Dumpty? He turns up in Lewis Carroll's fantasy "Through the Looking Glass" and makes this famous assertion: "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more ...

How to mix religion and politicsRussell Shaw

After Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, the New York Times pronounced him part of the Christian nationalist movement. Then it hastened to find a sociologist ...

Supreme Court and the new abortion case Russell Shaw

Chances are good the Supreme Court soon will agree -- indeed, may have done so by the time you read this -- to hear a case pitting efforts to clamp down on mail order abortion against government efforts ...

Synod goal: Less hierarchyRussell Shaw

Leveling hierarchical distinctions in the Church without removing them entirely has emerged as a principal objective of Pope Francis' Synod on Synodality. That is perhaps the chief conclusion to ...

A Thomistic look at US politics Russell Shaw

One needn't be a big fan of Kevin McCarthy to see the California Republican's ouster as Speaker of the House of Representatives as a significant low point in recent American politics. Unfortunately, ...