Russell Shaw

As I stood in line waiting to go to confession recently (yes, I still do that), a man who’d lately exited the confessional approached me and in a... (Read more)

The Kavanaugh hearings

By Russell Shaw

As I think about the Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the entire affair takes on the look of a monstrous... (Read more)
“Am I Hamlet or Don Quixote?” Pope Paul VI once asked that question about himself, and whatever his answer might have been, most people would say... (Read more)
What do serious, practicing Catholics think about the sex abuse crisis? To find out, you can commission a public opinion survey or you can attend... (Read more)

Smoke of Satan Again?

By Russell Shaw

The speaker was a highly sophisticated layman, possessor of a doctorate and professor of theology at a major Catholic university. We had been... (Read more)

We Need Truth

By Russell Shaw

Statements by Pope Francis and American bishops reacting to the Church’s sex abuse scandal suggest they are serious about getting to the roots of... (Read more)
In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of the... (Read more)
On the eve of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, Pope Francis led a crowd of 20,000 in St. Peter’s Square in prayer for a successful outcome of... (Read more)

The Kennedy succession

By Russell Shaw

For Americans on both sides of social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court... (Read more)
Just 70 years ago this month a slender novel bearing the innocuous title The Loved One made its appearance in the United States. My copy, a first... (Read more)