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Solving our race problemRussell Shaw

Here is today's quiz: What 19th century novel points the way to a lasting solution to the racial tensions afflicting America today? If you said "Uncle Tom's Cabin," you're wrong. As President Lincoln ...

Waiting for Dobbs Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on abortion almost certainly is a done deal. The justices and their clerks know the result, but they aren't letting on, while the rest of us won't find out for ...

Leaving home for ChristmasRussell Shaw

Although coming home for Christmas is a beautiful holiday tradition greatly to be cherished, it nevertheless occurs to me that leaving home for Christmas, correctly understood, is equally or even more ...

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 previewRussell 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)unity Russell 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 II Russell 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 ...