A forum of Catholic Thought

Catholic AssimilationRussell Shaw

It's a commonplace to say that America, along with other Western countries, is currently experiencing a cultural--which is to say: moral--crisis. And, in some quarters at least, it's hardly less common ...

Lent, time to put your comforts aside Russell Shaw

Up here in the northern half of the planet, where Lent coincides with the end of winter and the onset of spring, the imagery of rebirth and rejuvenation accompanying these natural events carries a powerful ...

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 ...