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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 ...

What will Breyer do?Russell Shaw

What is Breyer going to do? As the Supreme Court nears end of its 2020 term, many court-watchers ask that with an urgency that equals or even surpasses their eagerness for the results of several high-visibility ...

The court and abortion Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court's announcement that it will consider an abortion case from Mississippi next fall touched off a predictable outpouring of frenzied criticism from pro-choice sources worried lest their ...

Eucharistic coherenceRussell Shaw

If you're seeking evidence of how hard it is for the Church to communicate its message in and to our secularized, polarized, hyper-politicized society, consider reactions to the news that the American ...

The pope and populism Russell Shaw

Is Pope Francis a populist? The simple answer is no. A better answer is necessarily more complicated. But, someone might ask, does it really matter? As a matter of fact, it matters a lot -- at least ...

The Supreme Court's abortion mysteryRussell Shaw

Imagine trying to follow a game whose rules and objectives you don't know and whose players aren't letting on. That is approximately how things now stand where the Supreme Court, President Joe Biden, ...

Three philosophers Russell Shaw

Intellectual confusion resembling a smog of the mind has been a deadening presence in Catholicism in the years since Vatican Council II. But here and there amid the swirling mists of bad arguments and ...