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Paul VI, a prophetic popeRussell Shaw

"Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?" Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might have been, most people would say he was more than a little of both. His hesitation in ...

How Catholics see the scandal Russell Shaw

What do serious, practicing Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis? To find out, you can commission a public opinion survey or you can attend a parish listening session. I chose the latter approach, ...

Scandal and truthRussell Shaw

The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university. We had been discussing the metastasizing scandals plaguing the Church--scandals ...

We need the truth Russell Shaw

Statements by Pope Francis and American bishops reacting to the Church's sex abuse scandal suggest they are serious about getting to the roots of what happened and doing something meaningful about it. ...

Bright spotsRussell Shaw

It may seem crazy to speak of bright spots in the scandal surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and admittedly they are few in number and not terribly bright--in no way comparable to the harm this ...

McCarrick scandal illustrates the harm clericalism has done to church Russell Shaw

Twenty-five years ago, I published a book about clericalism in the Catholic Church with the title "To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain" -- a quotation from a 19th-century British monsignor capsulizing his ...

What if Kavanaugh is confirmed?Russell Shaw

Soon Washington will again be offering the world the spectacle of one of the things it does best (or worst): a contested Senate confirmation hearing. This time it will be Judge Brett Kavanaugh's turn ...

Reception of 'Humanae Vitae' Russell Shaw

In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of the teaching have frequently focused on "reception" and "sensus ...