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Sex abuse and clericalismRichard Doerflinger

The sex abuse crisis that began with allegations about Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and dioceses in Pennsylvania has broadened with a testimonial by the former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop ...

A Church of sinners Richard Doerflinger

Catholics are rightly horrified by the reported sexual exploitation of boys and men by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now resigned from the College of Cardinals. Other Church leaders knew of his misdeeds ...

What are judges for?Richard Doerflinger

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. In ...

The Supreme Court as battleground Richard Doerflinger

In its June 26 decision on freedom of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy aid centers to tell pregnant women how to get an abortion. This "forced ...

Taking a public health crisis seriouslyRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. That crisis was underscored ...

Hype and reality on family planning Richard Doerflinger

President Trump has announced he will restore a Reagan-era regulation forbidding clinics in the federal Title X family planning program to perform or refer for abortions. Planned Parenthood, promising ...

An advocate for the Gospel of LifeRichard Doerflinger

For me, a highlight of the past month was seeing Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon receive the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae medal. I have always been interested in this award, named ...

The paradoxes of inclusion Richard Doerflinger

In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being "inclusive" and being "nonjudgmental." The two seem closely related. If you want to embrace ...