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Building community in a pandemicRussell Shaw

So much has been said and written about the novel coronavirus that if words could stem a pandemic, we would all long since have been dancing in the streets, holding hands and only pausing now and then ...

Court and abortion: What next? Russell Shaw

For all practical purposes or at least most, the Supreme Court likely has already decided the most important abortion-related case to come before it in nearly half a century. But the decision is known ...

An American knightRussell Shaw

Obituaries of Virgil C. Dechant, former Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus who died peacefully February 16 at his home in Leawood, Kansas, were factually correct but superficial. Dechant was a ...

Goodbye to Roe? Russell Shaw

"Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon." That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H. Fisher, solicitor general of Indiana -- one of 20 states joining in an amicus ...

Praying with the mysticsRussell Shaw

I've had a hunch for quite some time that more people than you might suppose have had mystical experiences or, if not quite that, at least something resembling them, and lately a quick search of the internet ...

Nuclear Russell Shaw

Unrealistic. That, no doubt, was the not uncommon reaction to Pope Francis's November plea for nuclear disarmament, including an end to nuclear deterrence. So let us consider who comes out on top in this ...

Christmas rosaryRussell Shaw

In one of his Christmas sermons, St. John Henry Newman speaks of Christmas as "a time for innocence and purity and gentleness and mildness and contentment and peace." In this season, he says, we are reminded ...

Archbishop Sheen Russell Shaw

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The ...