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What's wrong with American men?Russell Shaw

These are not the best of times for America's men and boys. Recent data suggest the extent of the problem, without getting at its roots. Men now make up only 40.5 percent of college enrollment. ...

Pope and patriarch -- again Russell Shaw

In arranging to meet in September with Russia's Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis evidently has two goals in view: peace in Ukraine and progress in Catholic-Orthodox relations. While both are highly ...

Scandal and communionRussell Shaw

Central to the decision by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to deny Communion to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the reality of scandal. As Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va., ...

Grandparents and the faith Russell Shaw

In one of the Wednesday audience talks he's been giving on aging, Pope Francis declared what he called "the alliance of the generations" to be "indispensable." "A society in which the elderly do ...

What the father of abortion had in mindRussell Shaw

In the uproar over the leak of an early draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion, the rhetoric of editorialists and commentators friendly to abortion ...

Moral truth Russell Shaw

When the Church speaks definitively on morality -- says that without exception something is wrong -- is it declaring a truth or laying down a law? Confusion about that is rampant today. Recently, I came ...

Abortion semanticsRussell Shaw

The abortion-friendly Washington Post recently provided a revealing look into a debate taking place in the world of abortion advocacy. The issue, in short, is whether to call abortion "abortion" or call ...

Holy Week in Ukraine Russell Shaw

Holy Week, the week of Christ's suffering and death, has a special name this yea -- Ukraine. Let Caryll Houselander explain why that's so: "For us, this war is the passion of Christ. There is ...