A forum of Catholic Thought

The urgent need for national unityRussell Shaw

With searing images of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol fresh in memory, Joe Biden comes to the presidency as a potential healer of divisions and binder up of wounds. Yet his own prior commitments could ...

Christmas and the culture war Russell Shaw

Just because it's the Christmas season is no reason to pause the culture war. And here to celebrate peace and good will in its own peculiar fashion is the Secular Democrats of America PAC, with its program ...

Saving Catholic schoolsRussell Shaw

A little over two centuries ago -- in 1810, to be precise -- a brave, devout woman named Elizabeth Ann Seton launched two tiny schools, an academy and a free school. The site was a former farmhouse in ...

Choosing bishops Russell Shaw

The Vatican document tracing the rise of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick through the hierarchy's ranks has been praised for its unprecedented transparency in shedding light on a dark episode in the life ...

Legalism and civil unionsRussell Shaw

If you were wondering what became of moral legalism, wonder no more -- legalistic thinking has found its home in the media. Coverage and commentary regarding Pope Francis's recent remarks about civil ...

How not to choose a president Russell Shaw

Let me begin with what I suspect will be a welcome promise -- I won't tell you which candidate to vote for or how I plan to vote. As to the first, by this point in the campaign I suspect that you've made ...

The Court confirmation dealRussell Shaw

When did confirming someone for a seat on the Supreme Court become a traumatic ordeal for the candidate and the nation? How did we get to the point where a nominee's intelligence, character, and experience ...

Miracles Russell Shaw

A friend asked me to write about miracles, taking as an example the events that brought him and his wife together in a happy marriage now in its 58th year. To his credit, he doesn't suggest their case ...