Richard Doerflinger

A More Human Society

Richard Doerflinger retired from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after 36 years. He is now retired and living in Washington state where he writes this syndicated column.

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Trapped in the self

Recently I’ve seen television footage of two protests against vaccine and mask mandates. In my home state of Washington, a protester held up a large sign saying, “My Body My […]

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Time for Roe to go

I’m looking at a helpless but calm-looking baby, 16 weeks old, resting with eyes closed and one hand next to his or her face. The baby is surrounded by a […]

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Assisted suicide’s not-so-hidden agenda

Most people have heard of the slippery slope. After making what seems a limited exception to a moral principle, we may find over time that it logically becomes far broader […]

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Confusions about blessings

“The Catholic Church has dealt a blow to LGBTQ worshippers hoping for a more liberal, progressive church.” So says NBC News about a recent statement by the Vatican’s Congregation for […]

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Intolerant relativism

Once upon a time, many people assumed that dogma, especially religious dogma, was the enemy of freedom and friendship. If only we relaxed and let each person live by his […]

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The perils of isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed many victims, beginning tragically with the death of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors. Some of its harms are more intangible but equally real. Precautions […]

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The problem of political theologians

Some say religious leaders get too involved in politics. But we should also worry about politicians who wander into theology. One example comes from Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, while […]

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What now for the Supreme Court?

As I write this, it is unknown whether President Donald Trump will win or lose his bid for reelection. Either way, however, his most lasting legacy may be his naming […]

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Two kinds of feminism

“Today, our nation mourns the loss of a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country.” So begins President Donald Trump’s proclamation on […]

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Confusion and conflict on abortion

We know what major opinion polls tell us about abortion. Americans are about evenly divided in being “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Many think it’s wrong but should be a woman’s choice. […]

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Catholics in America

“A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.” So said the Supreme […]

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Two approaches to racism

It is clear where the Catholic Church stands on racism. The U.S. bishops’ document for Catholic voters, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” has long condemned acts of racism as “violations […]