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What the father of abortion had in mindRussell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, the rhetoric of editorialists and commentators friendly to abortion ...

Moral truth Russell Shaw

When the Church speaks definitively on morality -- says that without exception something is wrong -- is it declaring a truth or laying down a law? Confusion about that is rampant today. Recently, I came ...

Abortion semanticsRussell Shaw

The abortion-friendly Washington Post recently provided a revealing look into a debate taking place in the world of abortion advocacy. The issue, in short, is whether to call abortion "abortion" or call ...

Holy Week in Ukraine Russell Shaw

Holy Week, the week of Christ's suffering and death, has a special name this yea -- Ukraine. Let Caryll Houselander explain why that's so: "For us, this war is the passion of Christ. There is ...

The pope and the patriarchRussell Shaw

So there will be no meeting, at least for now, between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Kirill's support for President Vladimir Putin's brutal war in ...

Biden's Supreme Court pick Russell Shaw

Something unusual happened last month at the session during which President Joe Biden introduced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his choice for the Supreme Court. When her turn to speak came, she began ...

Straight talk on Ash WednesdayRussell Shaw

Why are so many people so keen on "getting the ashes?" The question naturally comes to mind as Ash Wednesday approaches. Maybe it will be different this year -- lots of things are different in the Age ...

Science, faith, and outer space Russell Shaw

The question had been rattling around at the back of my mind for some time, and now I thought I had a chance of getting it answered. I was chatting with a man who had a doctorate in astronomy and now ...

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