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Praying with the mysticsRussell Shaw

I've had a hunch for quite some time that more people than you might suppose have had mystical experiences or, if not quite that, at least something resembling them, and lately a quick search of the internet ...

Nuclear Russell Shaw

Unrealistic. That, no doubt, was the not uncommon reaction to Pope Francis's November plea for nuclear disarmament, including an end to nuclear deterrence. So let us consider who comes out on top in this ...

Christmas rosaryRussell Shaw

In one of his Christmas sermons, St. John Henry Newman speaks of Christmas as "a time for innocence and purity and gentleness and mildness and contentment and peace." In this season, he says, we are reminded ...

Archbishop Sheen Russell Shaw

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The ...

Presumption of innocenceRussell Shaw

During a mad, memorable trial scene near the end of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy "Alice in Wonderland," the Queen of Hearts decrees "Sentence first -- verdict afterwards." When Alice corrects her, ...

Why doctrine matters Russell Shaw

Catholicism has always been an intellectual religion. This is not to say that -- heaven forbid -- it's a religion only or especially for intellectuals but only that the Church has been intensely concerned ...

The court and abortionRussell Shaw

Finally the Supreme Court has given prolife Americans what they were hoping for -- a commitment to take a fresh look at the issue of abortion. But the court's willingness to consider the question again ...

No schism Russell Shaw

A schism in American Catholicism? I think not. As a matter of fact, I have no hesitation saying there is not now and will not be a formal break between any significant body of American Catholics and Pope ...