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'Brideshead Revisited'Russell Shaw

In the late spring of 1945, as World War II was drawing toward a close, a novel called "Brideshead Revisited" made its appearance in Britain; its first U.S. edition came out the following January. Whatever ...

Religious liberty after Bostock Russell Shaw

Does the Catholic Church have a right to follow its convictions about sexual morality in its own institutions without being penalized by government? In its June decision declaring "gay" and "transgender" ...

Sound advice from the chiefRussell Shaw

Disappointed pro-lifers were predictably angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for providing the fifth vote in the five-member Supreme Court majority that last month struck down a Louisiana law requiring ...

China and Rome Russell Shaw

Not long after coming to power in 1933, the German government headed by Adolf Hitler sought a formal agreement with the Holy See -- a concordat setting terms of the Church-state relationship. No sooner ...

CrisisRussell Shaw

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is one of the most remarkable documents in American history -- a serious theological meditation by a president as well as a work of great literary art. Speaking ...

Homeschooling Russell Shaw

Although a Harvard law school professor's recent proposal that homeschooling children be banned provoked a predictable hornets' nest of justifiably outraged responses, the article by Professor Elizabeth ...

End TimesRussell Shaw

One of the more predictable byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been an uptick in apocalyptic warnings that the end of the world is at hand. The folks who send me emails announcing that COVID-19 ...

Security in a pandemic Russell Shaw

Security. Safety. Safekeeping. The human craving for protection against harm is universal and reaches its anxiety-ridden peak in the face of an invasive threat like the coronavirus. Intensive media coverage ...