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'The Loved One'Russell Shaw

Just 70 years ago this month a slender novel bearing the innocuous title The Loved One made its appearance in the United States. My copy, a first edition, records four reprintings between June and August. ...

Is Justice Kennedy retiring? Russell Shaw

Rumors have been flying around Washington that Justice Anthony Kennedy will announce his retirement from the Supreme Court shortly after the court's current term ends late in June. Whether he will or ...

Legislative chaplainciesRussell Shaw

Barring further developments (and let's hope that there aren't any), the kerfuffle over the Catholic chaplain of the House of Representatives seems to be over. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asked for ...

Evangelicals and the First Amendment Russell Shaw

According to reports, evangelical leaders are planning a gathering that will bring a thousand pastors to Washington later this spring to make plans for rallying their base on behalf of candidates supported ...

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 ...