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Thinking about the heartbeat lawRichard 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 self Richard 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 choiceRichard 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 agenda Richard 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 blessingsRichard 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 ...

Intolerant relativism Richard Doerflinger

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 or her own truth, we could love ...

The perils of isolationRichard Doerflinger

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 needed ...

The problem of political theologians Richard Doerflinger

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 announcing new ...