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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 ...

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 ...