Russell Shaw

TAKING CHARGE. John Lundy leads a class in English as a  Second Language as a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps,  in the South Bronx section of New York City.
September 17, 2014
In The Edge of Sadness, the elegiac successor to his wildly successful novel The Last Hurrah, Edwin O’Connor places these words about the priesthood and lay clericalism in the mouth of the story’s priest-narrator: “Probably in no other walk of life is a young man so often and so hu
June 06, 2005
On Feb. 21 the Vatican issued the most authoritative papal statement on the church and communications in nearly 50 years. Addressed to those responsible for communications, Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Rapid Development (Il Rapido Sviluppo) stirred a ripple of interest at first, but wa
May 16, 2005
Not long after the U.S. bishops’ special assembly in Denver in June 2004, a journalist asked the home office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., whether the question of holding a plenary council and/or regional synod to deal with the crisis of the church from the sc
March 29, 2004
Despite all the talk about a vocation shortage, there is in fact no such thing in the Catholic Church. The real shortage is that of vocational discernment, and that is a very different problem. The shortfall in the number of candidates for the priesthood, the consecrated life and other forms of Chri
June 03, 2002
Clericalism in the Catholic Church is something like the pattern in the wallpaper: it’s been there so long you don’t see it anymore. That may be why, amid all the demands for change in response to the scandal of clergy sex abuse, more has not been heard about clericalism and the need to
May 28, 2001
Has the time come to revive the idea of a national pastoral council for the Catholic Church in the United States a quarter-century after the scheme was effectively abandoned? Opinions will differ on that. But two events this year are reminders that establishing some such body really is part of the u