Russell Shaw

Thumbnail 20160122t1458 1657 cns march life To build a culture of life

In the dead of winter every year thousands of pro-lifers fill the streets of downtown Washington, D.C., making a public statement on behalf of...

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Thumbnail dorothy day 1 Examining the early life and writings of Dorothy Day

It wasn’t so much the look of poverty as she saw it a century ago in the teeming tenements of New York that outraged Dorothy Day as it was the...

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Thumbnail martin luther 1532 The Counter-Reformation is over

News that Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for an event marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation underlines the...

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Thumbnail 20150820cnsbr0207 1 Church of mercy, Church of reverence

The Christians of First Century Corinth must have been a rowdy lot. St. Paul, writing to these converts of his, chided them for their less than...

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Thumbnail shaw 07 24 Direction

Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group, composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not...

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Thumbnail shaw 0410 2 Euthanasia

When religion and secularism butt heads on public policy — a regular occurrence these days — religion typically is obliged to fight with one hand...

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Thumbnail clinton saz Trying to take politics seriously

I try to take American politics seriously, I really do. Serious issues are at stake, after all. But sometimes, entirely too often in fact, the...

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Thumbnail shaw 1 Our spontaneous pope

Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel....

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Thumbnail post2 Lent: Give when it hurts a bit

I was a little shy of ten years old when I had what may have been my most spiritually profitable Lent ever. Looking back now, I can see clearly...

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Thumbnail post1 The HHS mandate: Another tip of the hat to elective abortion

Four years ago, when passage or defeat of the Affordable Care Act appeared to rest in the hands of a small group of prolife House Democrats,...

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Thumbnail shaw1 1 Evangelization: There’s no need to wait

The Bible study group had been discussing the Sunday readings, which naturally led to the subject of evangelization, which naturally led to our...

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Thumbnail shaw1 A papal invitation to join together in the name of life and dignity

Thanks partly to tunnel vision reporting and commentary, Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) could be...

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Thumbnail post2 Restoring a healthy Catholic subculture

One way to describe the present situation of the Church in the United States is to say American Catholicism is in a state of cultural crisis. And...

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Thumbnail post2 How does assimilation affect practicing one’s faith?

In the years since Vatican Council II, American Catholics and Jews have pursued a positive dialogue aimed, among other things, at exploring areas...

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Thumbnail post1 ‘Careerism’ vs. a genuinely positive approach to work

Well up on the list of things Pope Francis abhors is religious careerism. "Careerism is leprosy. Leprosy! Please, no careerism," he exclaimed in...

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Thumbnail post2 Apocalyptic literature, and the place of religion

Recently I read about a group in Switzerland that's agitating to remove all reference to God from the Swiss national anthem. Since the national...

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Thumbnail post2 Pope Francis: A new look at collegiality?

Pope Francis is contemplating a major reworking of the top-level administrative machinery of the Church. Commentators sometimes describe this as...

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Thumbnail post3 Pope Francis’ comments: Look beyond the headlines

Two days after Pope Francis' now famous remarks on homosexuals and homosexuality, I heard a homily in which the homilist said Francis was giving...

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