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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 ...

Lockdown debateRussell Shaw

It now appears that the legacy of the coronavirus pandemic is going to include an ongoing, sometimes ugly debate on the merits of closing churches and suspending religious services to halt the spread ...

Lessons of the pandemic Russell Shaw

The coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of abating as this is written, but it's none too soon to start thinking about what we have already learned from this painful experience. I leave it to the physicians, ...

Building community in a pandemicRussell Shaw

So much has been said and written about the novel coronavirus that if words could stem a pandemic, we would all long since have been dancing in the streets, holding hands and only pausing now and then ...

Court and abortion: What next? Russell Shaw

For all practical purposes or at least most, the Supreme Court likely has already decided the most important abortion-related case to come before it in nearly half a century. But the decision is known ...

An American knightRussell Shaw

Obituaries of Virgil C. Dechant, former Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus who died peacefully February 16 at his home in Leawood, Kansas, were factually correct but superficial. Dechant was a ...

Goodbye to Roe? Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...