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Goodbye to Roe?Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...

Praying with the mystics Russell 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 ...

NuclearRussell 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 rosary Russell 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 SheenRussell 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 innocence Russell 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 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 ...