A forum of Catholic Thought

Why doctrine mattersRussell 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 abortion Russell 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 schismRussell 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 ...

Cardinal Newman Russell Shaw

"In your opinion, what is the best book of Catholic apologetics?" Although that question, put to me unexpectedly several years ago by someone I was chatting with, took me by surprise, I didn't have to ...

New Hesburgh BiographyRussell Shaw

Two words are central to the story told in an important new biography of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. The words are complexity and assimilation. Complexity marked his long, distinguished career that ...

The real presence Russell Shaw

Back in 1995, the American theologian Germain Grisez and I published an article noting with dismay poll data showing that a very large number of self-identified Catholics in the United States believed ...

Foreign policy and 'unalienable' rightsRussell Shaw

Sometimes it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry. That is the dilemma I faced when I learned a coalition of groups and individuals was opposing the State Department's new Commission on Unalienable ...

The synod and celibacy Russell Shaw

In just three months a relative handful of bishops meeting in Rome is expected to reach a decision with potentially momentous consequences for the entire Western Church. The bishops will be participants ...