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Again?Russell Shaw

The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: "It's déjà vu all over again." That was my first reaction to the news that a new Vatican commission had been established some time back to consider--again--the question ...

Fighting a toxic culture Russell Shaw

In today's America, as in other countries like it, people of faith are facing a question of critical importance: How should they respond to a dominant secular culture that's not just hostile to their ...

God and scienceRussell Shaw

As it happens, it was Ash Wednesday when I casually flicked on an all-news radio station just in time to catch a quickie interview with a scientist. He'd written a book about the origin of the universe ...

Catholic Assimilation Russell Shaw

It's a commonplace to say that America, along with other Western countries, is currently experiencing a cultural--which is to say: moral--crisis. And, in some quarters at least, it's hardly less common ...

Lent, time to put your comforts asideRussell Shaw

Up here in the northern half of the planet, where Lent coincides with the end of winter and the onset of spring, the imagery of rebirth and rejuvenation accompanying these natural events carries a powerful ...

About Gorsuch and the Supreme Court Russell Shaw

Just as people who like sausage shouldn't visit a sausage factory, so people who stand in awe of the United States Senate shouldn't get too close to the confirmation fight over Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, ...

The culture war isn't overRussell Shaw

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump's ascendancy marks a significant defeat for "anti-Christian" elites while ...

Child poverty and marriage Russell Shaw

In setting out to confront a problem, it's necessary to understand its causes in order to apply realistic solutions. Child poverty in America provides a painful illustration of what comes of ignoring ...