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Choosing bishopsRussell Shaw

The Vatican document tracing the rise of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick through the hierarchy's ranks has been praised for its unprecedented transparency in shedding light on a dark episode in the life ...

Legalism and civil unions Russell Shaw

If you were wondering what became of moral legalism, wonder no more -- legalistic thinking has found its home in the media. Coverage and commentary regarding Pope Francis's recent remarks about civil ...

How not to choose a presidentRussell Shaw

Let me begin with what I suspect will be a welcome promise -- I won't tell you which candidate to vote for or how I plan to vote. As to the first, by this point in the campaign I suspect that you've made ...

The Court confirmation deal Russell Shaw

When did confirming someone for a seat on the Supreme Court become a traumatic ordeal for the candidate and the nation? How did we get to the point where a nominee's intelligence, character, and experience ...

MiraclesRussell Shaw

A friend asked me to write about miracles, taking as an example the events that brought him and his wife together in a happy marriage now in its 58th year. To his credit, he doesn't suggest their case ...

The alarming rise of cultural Marxism in America Russell Shaw

Some years ago, Lee Edwards, a veteran conservative writer and a friend of mine, launched an organization, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, dedicated to "commemorating the more than 100 million ...

On the road to polyamoryRussell Shaw

Under the heading "A fair chance for children" the New York Times editorial board recommends four measures to help low-income kids: create government-funded savings accounts for newborns, provide universal ...

'Brideshead Revisited' Russell Shaw

In the late spring of 1945, as World War II was drawing toward a close, a novel called "Brideshead Revisited" made its appearance in Britain; its first U.S. edition came out the following January. Whatever ...