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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 ...

Justice Thomas and eugenic abortionRussell Shaw

Jean Vanier, who died last month at the age of 90, was the revered founder of L'Arche, an international organization for the intellectually disabled and those who cherish them. Vanier once wrote that ...

What Comes After Roe v. Wade? Russell Shaw

"Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next." Justice Stephen Breyer said that last month while dissenting from a Supreme Court decision overturning a precedent ...

Is this equality?Russell Shaw

Last month in Philadelphia a federal appeals court did its bit for efforts to make conscience knuckle under to the LGBTQ agenda. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit held the city was within ...

'The Memoirs of St. Peter' Russell Shaw

In "The Memoirs of St. Peter" (Regnery), Michael Pakaluk takes on what someone unaware of the pitfalls of translation might consider a simple task: to render the gospel of St. Mark in English that resembles ...