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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 ...

After RoeRussell Shaw

In a long, somewhat rambling piece about the bishops and abortion appearing in the September Commonweal, Peter Steinfels makes a crucial point. It's been made before by others, but it bears repeating ...

The greatest Catholic novel Russell Shaw

If you think a novel set in 14th-century Norway has to be dull, think again. Sigrid Undset's "Kristin Lavransdatter" is such a book, and far from being a bore, it is surely one of the most exciting works ...

Handing on the faithRussell Shaw

It's hard to imagine that anyone who ever raised children found it an entirely easy job. Challenging, exciting, often rewarding -- yes. But easy? You've got to be kidding. That is certainly the case ...

Religion and the court Russell Shaw

Has the Supreme Court sold out to religion? You could be excused for thinking so if all you had to go on was the hue and cry protesting things the court did last term. And now that furor on the left is ...