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Newman, Defender of the Faith

September 25, 2019 Russell Shaw 5

“In your opinion, what is the best book of Catholic apologetics?” Although that question, put to me unexpectedly several years ago by someone I was chatting with, took me by surprise, I didn’t have to […]

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The big shift in Church-State conflicts

August 29, 2019 Russell Shaw 5

In years gone by church-state conflicts in America commonly focused on the first of the First Amendment’s two religion clauses: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Tussles over public funds for […]

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Disbelief in the Real Presence is not new

August 15, 2019 Russell Shaw 15

Back in 1995 the American theologian Germain Grisez and I published an article noting with dismay poll data showing that a very large number of self-identified Catholics in the United States believed that Christ’s presence […]

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The Amazon synod and priestly celibacy

July 18, 2019 Russell Shaw 15

In just three months a relative handful of bishops meeting in Rome is expected to reach a decision with potentially momentous consequences for the entire Western Church. The bishops will be participants in a long-awaited […]