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Is this equality?Russell Shaw

Last month in Philadelphia a federal appeals court did its bit for efforts to make conscience knuckle under to the LGBTQ agenda. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit held the city was within ...

'The Memoirs of St. Peter' Russell Shaw

In "The Memoirs of St. Peter" (Regnery), Michael Pakaluk takes on what someone unaware of the pitfalls of translation might consider a simple task: to render the gospel of St. Mark in English that resembles ...

Catholic Voters in 2020Russell Shaw

A little more than a year and a half before the presidential election of 2020, the post-Mueller features of that contest are coming into focus along with some clues to its possible outcome. One conclusion ...

Facing the crisis: What needs to be done to address the crisis underlying the crisis of sex abuse Russell Shaw

When the U.S. bishops gather in plenary assembly in Baltimore two months from now, their immediate task will be putting in place a new system of episcopal accountability in dealing with sex abuse. Its ...

Pius XII and the JewsRussell Shaw

In his exhaustive history "The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914 to 1958," Cambridge University historian John Pollard expresses doubt whether the argument over Pope Pius XII's response to the ...

Abortion politics Russell Shaw

Let us agree that the 44 Democratic senators whose votes last month blocked the Born Alive Protection Act aren't monsters. But, that agreed; let us also agree that what they did had the monstrous result ...

The Court and the CrossRussell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among them his colorful writing style. In one notable opinion, Scalia said this: "Like some ...

Vatican PR Russell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops' conference, a journalist asked me what my definition of good public relations was. Without giving it much thought, I said, "Do the ...