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McCarrick scandal illustrates the harm clericalism has done to churchRussell Shaw

Twenty-five years ago, I published a book about clericalism in the Catholic Church with the title "To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain" -- a quotation from a 19th-century British monsignor capsulizing his ...

What if Kavanaugh is confirmed? Russell Shaw

Soon Washington will again be offering the world the spectacle of one of the things it does best (or worst): a contested Senate confirmation hearing. This time it will be Judge Brett Kavanaugh's turn ...

Reception of 'Humanae Vitae'Russell Shaw

In the half-century since Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Humanae Vitae reaffirming that contraception is always wrong, opponents of the teaching have frequently focused on "reception" and "sensus ...

The Kennedy Succession Russell Shaw

For Americans on both sides of social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court has created a crucial moment. As the court's swing vote, ...

'The Loved One'Russell Shaw

Just 70 years ago this month a slender novel bearing the innocuous title The Loved One made its appearance in the United States. My copy, a first edition, records four reprintings between June and August. ...

Is Justice Kennedy retiring? Russell Shaw

Rumors have been flying around Washington that Justice Anthony Kennedy will announce his retirement from the Supreme Court shortly after the court's current term ends late in June. Whether he will or ...

Legislative chaplainciesRussell Shaw

Barring further developments (and let's hope that there aren't any), the kerfuffle over the Catholic chaplain of the House of Representatives seems to be over. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asked for ...

Evangelicals and the First Amendment Russell Shaw

According to reports, evangelical leaders are planning a gathering that will bring a thousand pastors to Washington later this spring to make plans for rallying their base on behalf of candidates supported ...