Russell Shaw

So much has been said and written about the novel coronavirus that if words could stem a pandemic, we would all long since have been dancing in... (Read more)
For all practical purposes or at least most, the Supreme Court likely has already decided the most important abortion-related case to come before... (Read more)

The Court It Is a-Changin'

By Russell Shaw

“Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon.” That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor... (Read more)

Facing the crisis 

By Russell Shaw

When the U.S. bishops gather in plenary assembly in Baltimore two months from now, their immediate task will be putting in place a new system of... (Read more)

Pius XII and the Jews

By Russell Shaw

In his exhaustive history The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914 to 1958, Cambridge University historian John Pollard expresses doubt... (Read more)

Abortion politics

By Russell Shaw

Let us agree that the 44 Democratic senators whose votes last month blocked the Born Alive Protection Act aren’t monsters. But, that agreed, let... (Read more)

Sticking With the Church

By Russell Shaw

This column is being written on the eve of a much-publicized summit meeting of bishops from around the world whom Pope Francis has summoned to... (Read more)

The Court and the Cross

By Russell Shaw

Two years after his death, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is missed for many reasons, not least among them his colorful writing... (Read more)

The laity and the crisis

By Russell Shaw

Can a one-day conference at a university breathe life into a cause that lately appears to have stalled: involving the Catholic laity in ending the... (Read more)

Vatican PR

By Russell Shaw

One day back when I was doing media relations for the American bishops’ conference, a journalist asked me what my definition of good public... (Read more)