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A letter to the president-electRussell Shaw

Dear President-elect Trump: Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because the most easily ignored. But even if this letter accomplishes nothing else, at least it will help me focus my own thinking ...

The press and Trump Russell Shaw

As Americans await a volatile, unpredictable new president, many are understandably nervous at the prospect of a chief executive so largely an unknown quantity as this one. In these circumstances, the ...

St. Therese of Lisieux and the Christmas BluesRussell Shaw

For many people, the season of good cheer is a deeply trying affair. I don't mean unhappy souls who have good reason to be sad--the loss of loved ones, poor health, loneliness--but those who feel let ...

Trump and the Pro-Life agenda Russell Shaw

Many social conservatives, though by no means all, were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump. Whether they'll still be ecstatic a few months down the line cannot be predicted -- and by no means is ...

No matter the outcome...Russell Shaw

Thanks to deadlines, what follows is written before the election but mostly will be read after the votes are counted. It doesn't take for granted victory by either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Obviously, ...

Christian vocation as theme for next Synod Russell Shaw

When the pot is boiling, turn down the heat. You can't be sure, but that could well have been part of the reasoning behind Pope's Francis's decision to choose as topic of the next world Synod of Bishops ...

Pope Francis and the Martin Luther AnniversaryRussell Shaw

At the end of October Pope Francis will travel to Sweden to join a Lutheran World Federation observance opening the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther's break with the Catholic Church and the start ...

A real threat to religious freedom Russell Shaw

Last June five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court thumbed their noses at religious liberty. They accomplished that without spoken comment simply by turning down an appeal by a family pharmacy in Washington ...