A forum of Catholic Thought

About Gorsuch and the Supreme CourtRussell Shaw

Just as people who like sausage shouldn't visit a sausage factory, so people who stand in awe of the United States Senate shouldn't get too close to the confirmation fight over Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, ...

The culture war isn't over Russell Shaw

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump's ascendancy marks a significant defeat for "anti-Christian" elites while ...

Child poverty and marriageRussell Shaw

In setting out to confront a problem, it's necessary to understand its causes in order to apply realistic solutions. Child poverty in America provides a painful illustration of what comes of ignoring ...

A letter to the president-elect Russell Shaw

Dear President-elect Trump: Unsolicited advice is said to be the best kind because the most easily ignored. But even if this letter accomplishes nothing else, at least it will help me focus my own thinking ...

The press and TrumpRussell Shaw

As Americans await a volatile, unpredictable new president, many are understandably nervous at the prospect of a chief executive so largely an unknown quantity as this one. In these circumstances, the ...

St. Therese of Lisieux and the Christmas Blues Russell Shaw

For many people, the season of good cheer is a deeply trying affair. I don't mean unhappy souls who have good reason to be sad--the loss of loved ones, poor health, loneliness--but those who feel let ...

Trump and the Pro-Life agendaRussell Shaw

Many social conservatives, though by no means all, were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump. Whether they'll still be ecstatic a few months down the line cannot be predicted -- and by no means is ...

No matter the outcome... Russell Shaw

Thanks to deadlines, what follows is written before the election but mostly will be read after the votes are counted. It doesn't take for granted victory by either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Obviously, ...