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Should Catholic health care survive?Richard Doerflinger

In January, five Catholic medical and professional associations came together to establish the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. Its board members represent the Catholic Medical Association, ...

The bishops on the Eucharist and public life Richard Doerflinger

On Nov. 17, the assembled Catholic bishops of the United States overwhelmingly approved "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" by a vote of 222 to 8. Pope Francis' apostolic nuncio ...

A partisan court?Richard Doerflinger

"The Supreme Court's partisanship is becoming increasingly difficult to deny," said attorney James Zirin in the congressional newspaper The Hill. Other media have published similar broadsides. And, according ...

Thinking about the heartbeat law Richard Doerflinger

Most public issues these days seem to elicit angry dispute and mutual recriminations. Those divisions can tempt people to misstate or exaggerate facts, to persuade others (or even themselves) that they ...

Trapped in the selfRichard Doerflinger

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 Choice." A protest in Louisiana ...

Attacking life and choice Richard Doerflinger

Congress is heading for a collision on the Hyde amendment, and the stakes could not be higher. This amendment to bills appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named ...

Assisted suicide: The not-so-hidden agendaRichard Doerflinger

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 than we had in mind. In his ...

Confusions about blessings Richard Doerflinger

''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 the Doctrine of ...