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Abortion politicsRussell Shaw

Let us agree that the 44 Democratic senators whose votes last month blocked the Born Alive Protection Act aren't monsters. But, that agreed; let us also agree that what they did had the monstrous result ...

The Court and the Cross Russell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among them his colorful writing style. In one notable opinion, Scalia said this: "Like some ...

Vatican PRRussell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops' conference, a journalist asked me what my definition of good public relations was. Without giving it much thought, I said, "Do the ...

Prolife Prospects on Roe's 46th Anniversary Russell Shaw

When thousands of prolifers turn out for the annual March for Life in Washington on January 18, four days before the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, many will march ...

In Praise of Rudolph et al.Russell Shaw

Deploring the commercialization, secularization, and general thinning-out of the spiritual meaning of Christmas is part of the stock in trade of commentators on things religious of whom your humble servant ...

Primacy vs. Synodality Russell Shaw

Something that happened at a bishops' meeting nearly half a century ago raises questions about the Vatican's action last month telling the U.S. bishops to cancel a scheduled vote on two proposals for ...

Wedding cakes for same-sex couplesRussell Shaw

When, several weeks ago, a Christian couple who own a bakery in Northern Ireland won a court ruling allowing them to refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, it was international news. After all, ...

End Times? Russell Shaw

As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who'd lately exited the confessional approached me and in a confidential tone of voice said, "I'm beginning to believe ...