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Reading the signs of the timesRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. The musician is Chris Cornell, who died alone in a hotel room in Detroit on May 17. He had been lead singer for Soundgarden ...

Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders Richard Doerflinger

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent "to vigorously enforce federal law's ...

Tired of religious discrimination?Richard Doerflinger

New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch hit the ground running in April, taking part in oral arguments on what I see as this year's most important case. At issue is a Missouri program for safer playgrounds ...

Do we need a March for Science? Richard Doerflinger

In January, there was the Women's March, in which many women took part to affirm human equality and diversity -- often unaware that the march's premier sponsor was abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Now ...

Religious freedom: A partisan issue?Richard Doerflinger

"Leaked Draft of Trump's Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination," announced The Nation on Feb. 1. This liberal magazine said legal experts find the draft "sweeping" ...

A divided Church? Richard Doerflinger

We sometimes hear that American Catholics are divided: Some advance the Church's teaching on abortion, others promote its teachings on peace and economic justice. And those factions are at war. I ...

Love and mercy in politicsRichard Doerflinger

Catholics advancing social justice sometimes wonder: Will my efforts have a lasting impact? Am I building God's kingdom or will all of this be wiped away? The Second Vatican Council gave a profound ...

A sense of perspective Richard Doerflinger

An earlier column discussed "being Catholic first" -- how our moral vision should judge partisan positions, not vice versa. Also essential for a Catholic view of politics is a sense of perspective, or ...