The Dispatch

Chastity vs. Tyrannical Sex

July 8, 2017 Russell Shaw 5

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here’s one: “The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” Evidence for the destructive consequences of tyrannical sex abounds in wrecked relationships, wrecked […]

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“America First”?

June 22, 2017 Russell Shaw 8

Along with the customary cluster of cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the 4th of July this year brings something different to the observance of our great national festival. “America First” is President Trump’s not-so-new rhetorical contribution […]

Opinion

A new Vatican birth control commission?

May 24, 2017 Russell Shaw 2

A new birth control commission? Here’s hoping the reports out of Rome are only speculation, possibly generated by the fact that the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical condemning artificial contraception, is […]

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Legalism, Old and New

May 11, 2017 Russell Shaw 0

In case you didn’t notice, Pope Francis thinks legalism is a bad thing—and that’s good news. For legalism, correctly understood, is opposed to authentic morality. The Pope returned to this theme, a favorite of his, […]

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Enough with the liturgical translations!

April 27, 2017 Russell Shaw 0

The immortal Yogi Berra said it best: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” That was my first reaction to the news that a new Vatican commission had been established some time back to consider—again—the question […]