On Saturday, May 18, Russell Shaw ’52, a long-time journalist and author, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Catholic University at its Commencement Ceremony.
At the ceremony, Catholic University conferred honorary degrees on six laypeople including Russell, whom they deemed to have made a unique contribution to society and the Church.
According to Catholic University's website: "For more than 60 years, Shaw has been a persistent voice of the laity, writing about issues of particular interest to Catholics in more than 20 books and countless articles, columns, and reviews. While not afraid to be critical, he is a constructive critic, and enjoys a reputation as a wise, fair-minded, and insightful analyst of the Church and its people."
“My hope is that the example of the six lay leaders we honor this year will inspire our graduates to become the leaders our Church and country need today,” said Catholic University President John Garvey.
Here's a nice video of Russell discussing this great honor: