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Primacy vs. SynodalityRussell Shaw

Something that happened at a bishops' meeting nearly half a century ago raises questions about the Vatican's action last month telling the U.S. bishops to cancel a scheduled vote on two proposals for ...

Wedding cakes for same-sex couples Russell Shaw

When, several weeks ago, a Christian couple who own a bakery in Northern Ireland won a court ruling allowing them to refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, it was international news. After all, ...

End Times?Russell Shaw

As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who'd lately exited the confessional approached me and in a confidential tone of voice said, "I'm beginning to believe ...

A monstrous distorting mirror Russell Shaw

As I think about the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the entire affair takes on the look of a monstrous distorting mirror where Americans could see reflected certain ...

Paul VI, a prophetic popeRussell Shaw

"Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?" Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might have been, most people would say he was more than a little of both. His hesitation in ...

How Catholics see the scandal Russell Shaw

What do serious, practicing Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis? To find out, you can commission a public opinion survey or you can attend a parish listening session. I chose the latter approach, ...

Scandal and truthRussell Shaw

The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university. We had been discussing the metastasizing scandals plaguing the Church--scandals ...

We need the truth Russell Shaw

Statements by Pope Francis and American bishops reacting to the Church's sex abuse scandal suggest they are serious about getting to the roots of what happened and doing something meaningful about it. ...