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Synod of the Amazon and married priestsRussell Shaw

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for a synod of bishops of the Amazon region next year may not strike most U.S. Catholics as a matter of great interest. But hold on--there's a ...

Secular coercion Russell Shaw

In his much discussed indictment of secularized liberal democracy, Polish philosopher and sometime government minister Ryszard Legutko writes bitingly of the powerful and coercive "demon" he so abhors. ...

Graham and the American religionRussell Shaw

In 1955 a Jewish sociologist named Will Herberg published a book that caused a stir in religious circles. The book's title was Protestant, Catholic, Jew, and its premise was that by the time of the ...

The Supreme Court and two upcoming freedom of speech cases Russell Shaw

Defeat on a Senate procedural vote last January of legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy was a great disappointment--genuinely "appalling," as the U.S. bishops' prolife chairman, Cardinal ...

Germain Grisez, an influential theologianRussell Shaw

"We are all students of Grisez now." The man who said that several years ago was a Catholic theologian not generally seen as being a disciple of Germain Grisez. He was simply acknowledging the influence ...

International religious liberty, an anti-terrorism tool Russell Shaw

Promoting international religious liberty is one of those things that America ought to be doing for its own sake, but doing it would also serve U.S. national security interests as an anti-terrorism tool. ...

Nuclear deterrenceRussell Shaw

"We are at the limit of what is licit." In early December Pope Francis offered that assessment of nuclear deterrence during a question and answer session with reporters on the plane back to Rome from ...

Benson's conversion Russell Shaw

It's said that Robert Hugh Benson's conversion to Roman Catholicism was an act of rebellion against his father, Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 until his death in 1896. Whether ...