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The pope and populismRussell Shaw

Is Pope Francis a populist? The simple answer is no. A better answer is necessarily more complicated. But, someone might ask, does it really matter? As a matter of fact, it matters a lot -- at least ...

The Supreme Court's abortion mystery Russell Shaw

Imagine trying to follow a game whose rules and objectives you don't know and whose players aren't letting on. That is approximately how things now stand where the Supreme Court, President Joe Biden, ...

Three philosophersRussell Shaw

Intellectual confusion resembling a smog of the mind has been a deadening presence in Catholicism in the years since Vatican Council II. But here and there amid the swirling mists of bad arguments and ...

The future is here for U.S. Catholics Russell Shaw

Eight years ago, I published a book called "American Church." The subtitle explained what it was about: "The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America." Now the future ...

Taking stock at mid-LentRussell Shaw

Midpoint in Lent is a great time to pause and take stock. Most of us probably started Lent with a bang, filled with determination to make good use of this opportunity for penance and renewal. And now? ...

The Synodal Path Russell Shaw

Believing as I do that synodality holds out much promise for the Church, I have watched with growing dismay -- shared with many others -- as a German concoction called the "Synodal Path" lurched erratically ...

An abortion turning point?Russell Shaw

What is President Biden talking about when he speaks of "codifying Roe v. Wade?" Biden has used the expression many times and conspicuously repeated it two days after the Inauguration in a joint statement ...

St. Joseph and the crisis of fatherhood Russell Shaw

Launched in December with modest fanfare, the Church's observance of 2021 as a year to honor the fatherhood of St. Joseph seems to have dropped largely out of sight. True, a plenary indulgence (under ...