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Religious liberty after BostockRussell Shaw

Does the Catholic Church have a right to follow its convictions about sexual morality in its own institutions without being penalized by government? In its June decision declaring "gay" and "transgender" ...

Sound advice from the chief Russell Shaw

Disappointed pro-lifers were predictably angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for providing the fifth vote in the five-member Supreme Court majority that last month struck down a Louisiana law requiring ...

China and RomeRussell Shaw

Not long after coming to power in 1933, the German government headed by Adolf Hitler sought a formal agreement with the Holy See -- a concordat setting terms of the Church-state relationship. No sooner ...

Crisis Russell Shaw

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is one of the most remarkable documents in American history -- a serious theological meditation by a president as well as a work of great literary art. Speaking ...

HomeschoolingRussell Shaw

Although a Harvard law school professor's recent proposal that homeschooling children be banned provoked a predictable hornets' nest of justifiably outraged responses, the article by Professor Elizabeth ...

End Times Russell Shaw

One of the more predictable byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been an uptick in apocalyptic warnings that the end of the world is at hand. The folks who send me emails announcing that COVID-19 ...

Security in a pandemicRussell Shaw

Security. Safety. Safekeeping. The human craving for protection against harm is universal and reaches its anxiety-ridden peak in the face of an invasive threat like the coronavirus. Intensive media coverage ...

Lockdown debate Russell Shaw

It now appears that the legacy of the coronavirus pandemic is going to include an ongoing, sometimes ugly debate on the merits of closing churches and suspending religious services to halt the spread ...