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A fair shake for parental choice?Russell Shaw

Four years ago, in a case from Missouri, a majority of justices of the Supreme Court agreed that a Lutheran church that operated a day school was entitled to funding from a state program for upgrading ...

Dobbs preview Russell Shaw

Starting Dec. 1, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will begin work in earnest on what already looks to be the court's most closely watched -- and probably most controversial -- ruling in nearly half ...

National (dis)unityRussell Shaw

Are the bonds of American national unity becoming dangerously frayed? To judge from a steady stream of books, op-ed pieces, opinion journal articles, and talk show conversations on this matter, the disturbing ...

Why Purgatory? Russell Shaw

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante's "Divine Comedy" is the "Purgatorio" -- Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the ...

Spreading the thought of Pope John Paul IIRussell Shaw

It's sometimes said Pope St. John Paul II was the most intellectually gifted occupant of the See of Peter ever, but inasmuch as the line of popes stretches back two millennia and includes some known ...

After Roe Russell 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 novelRussell 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 faith Russell 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 ...