A forum of Catholic Thought

Why Purgatory?Russell Shaw

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante's "Divine Comedy" is the "Purgatorio" -- Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the ...

Spreading the thought of Pope John Paul II Russell Shaw

It's sometimes said Pope St. John Paul II was the most intellectually gifted occupant of the See of Peter ever, but inasmuch as the line of popes stretches back two millennia and includes some known ...

After RoeRussell Shaw

In a long, somewhat rambling piece about the bishops and abortion appearing in the September Commonweal, Peter Steinfels makes a crucial point. It's been made before by others, but it bears repeating ...

The greatest Catholic novel Russell Shaw

If you think a novel set in 14th-century Norway has to be dull, think again. Sigrid Undset's "Kristin Lavransdatter" is such a book, and far from being a bore, it is surely one of the most exciting works ...

Handing on the faithRussell Shaw

It's hard to imagine that anyone who ever raised children found it an entirely easy job. Challenging, exciting, often rewarding -- yes. But easy? You've got to be kidding. That is certainly the case ...

Religion and the court Russell Shaw

Has the Supreme Court sold out to religion? You could be excused for thinking so if all you had to go on was the hue and cry protesting things the court did last term. And now that furor on the left is ...

Liturgy warsRussell Shaw

Considering the circumstances, I probably should begin this with a personal statement: I am not an aficionado of the Old Mass, otherwise known as the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass. In fact, it's been ...

Eucharistic revival Russell Shaw

Nearly buried last month in the hubbub surrounding the U.S. bishops' debate over who is and isn't worthy to receive communion was a colloquy between two bishops concerning something that may prove of ...

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