russell_shawWell-known Catholic author and journalist Russell Shaw will deliver a talk entitled “Secrecy vs. Communio in the Catholic Church” at Christendom College on Monday November 3, 2008, at 6:30 p.m.

Shaw is author or coauthor of 20 books and a contributor to and/or editor of several others. His most recent book is Nothing To Hide: Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2008).

Shaw has published thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, columns, and reviews in U.S. and foreign periodicals. He is a contributing editor of Our Sunday Visitornational Catholic newspaper, a columnist for Catholic Exchange, Inside Catholic, and several diocesan newspapers, American correspondent of Palabra, a newsmagazine published in Madrid, and a contributor to several encyclopedias. Currently, he is serving his third five-year term as a consultor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He is a member of the faculties of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, and the Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, Va.

Shaw’s books include novels (RenewalChurch and State, and The Dark Disciple), and non-fiction works such as Beyond the New Morality (with Germain Grisez; now in its third, revised edition), To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic LaityDoes Suffering Make Sense?Why We Need ConfessionPapal Primacy in the Third Millennium, Ministry or Apostolate: What Should the Catholic Laity Be Doing?Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone by Name (also with Germain Grisez), and (with Father C. John McCloskey, III) Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion, and the Crisis of Faith. He is the editor of Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (1997). His books have been published in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and the Philippines.

Shaw is former Secretary of Public Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference (1969-87) and former Director of Information of the Knights of Columbus (1987-97). He served as national coordinator of media relations for Pope John Paul II’s pastoral visits to the United States in 1979 and 1987 and press secretary to U.S. cardinals participating in the two papal election conclaves of 1978.

He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 1956 and his M.A. in English literature there in 1960. He is a recipient of the Frederic Ozanam Award of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and the Pro Vita Award of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and the Knights of Columbus. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he serves on several boards and is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Distance University. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C., and have five children and 10 grandchildren.

The talk will be held in the St. Lawrence Commons and is open to the public. A reception will follow the talk in the Chapel Crypt.

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