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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 ...

Being Catholic firstRichard Doerflinger

This past presidential campaign, one of the most bruising and discouraging on record, left many of us dissatisfied with the electoral system and politics in general. As usual, Catholics voted for the ...