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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 ...

What now for the Supreme Court?Richard Doerflinger

As I write this, it is unknown whether President Donald Trump will win or lose his bid for reelection. Either way, however, his most lasting legacy may be his naming three new justices to the U.S. Supreme ...

Two kinds of feminism Richard Doerflinger

''Today, our nation mourns the loss of a trailblazer, not only in the field of law, but in the history of our country." So begins President Donald Trump's proclamation on the death of Supreme Court Justice ...

Catholics in AmericaRichard Doerflinger

''A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious." So said the Supreme Court's majority opinion ...

The coronavirus and us Richard Doerflinger

I could write about something other than the coronavirus pandemic, but right now it almost seems there isn't anything else. The rapid spread of the virus, its death toll, its prospect of overwhelming ...