Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw writes from Washington, D.C. Contact him at rshaw10290@aol.com.

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Pope Francis mulls Vatican reform

By Russell Shaw

Pope Francis is contemplating a major reworking of the top-level administrative machinery of the church. Commentators sometimes describe this as "reforming the Roman Curia," but if the Pope's own words — together with public and private proposals intended to influence the result — are any indication, the project could extend far beyond reshuffling dicasteries and straightening out the affairs of the Institute for the Works of Religion (the Vatican bank).

A calculated papal risk?

By Russell Shaw

Two days after Pope Francis' now famous remarks on homosexuals and homosexuality, I heard a homily in which the homilist said Francis was giving us light "to see things in a way we never saw them before."

Inevitability of same-sex marriage exaggerated

By Russell Shaw

Claims that something is inevitable are generally of two kinds. Sometimes the claim is simply a statement of fact ("Inevitably, the sun will rise tomorrow"). Other times it expresses a wish or perhaps a fear ("So-and-so is sure to be next president of the United States").

How will story of new pontificate unfold?

By Russell Shaw

The surprising election of Pope Francis plainly was no surprise to the people who really counted: the cardinals, that is, who swiftly chose him on the first full day and fifth ballot of the conclave. While not a speed record, the timing showed the electors had no difficulty agreeing that the archbishop of Buenos Aires was the man for the job.