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Sticking to the letter of Vatican IIRussell Shaw

What was the Second Vatican Council all about? With the 60th anniversary of the council's opening now close at hand, you can still get an argument about that. Instead of consulting the "spirit" of ...

Agenda for bishops Russell Shaw

In mid-November, the American bishops, gathered in general assembly, will choose a successor to Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles to serve a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic ...

A new test for campus equityRussell Shaw

In most people's vocabularies, "equity" is a positive word signifying fairness or even-handedness. In the vocabulary of today's woke social justice warriors, though, equity can signify something ...

What's wrong with American men? Russell Shaw

These are not the best of times for America's men and boys. Recent data suggest the extent of the problem, without getting at its roots. Men now make up only 40.5 percent of college enrollment. ...

Pope and patriarch -- againRussell Shaw

In arranging to meet in September with Russia's Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis evidently has two goals in view: peace in Ukraine and progress in Catholic-Orthodox relations. While both are highly ...

Scandal and communion Russell Shaw

Central to the decision by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to deny Communion to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the reality of scandal. As Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., ...

Grandparents and the faithRussell Shaw

In one of the Wednesday audience talks he's been giving on aging, Pope Francis declared what he called "the alliance of the generations" to be "indispensable." "A society in which the elderly do ...

What the father of abortion had in mind Russell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, the rhetoric of editorialists and commentators friendly to abortion ...