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Discerning the spiritsRichard Doerflinger

Given a tough question, St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes declined to give a simple yes or no answer. Instead he began with: "distinguo." The question can be taken different ways; we must "distinguish" these ...

Hate: An equal opportunity employer? Richard Doerflinger

President Donald Trump recently said something important about the bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. His Aug. 21 remarks at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, ...

A population implosion?Richard Doerflinger

Remember when everybody worried about a "population explosion" filling the world with too many people? In the 1970s, this fear drove campaigns to legalize abortion and pour billions of dollars into birth ...

Who speaks for Charlie Gard? Richard Doerflinger

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally ...

Making suicide routineRichard Doerflinger

You would not know it from the national secular news, but a lot is happening on the contentious issue of physician-assisted suicide. One remarkable fact is that no state has passed a law allowing the ...

A myth of neutrality Richard Doerflinger

Once upon a time, we were told to allow dissent from time-honored legal and moral norms in the name of "freedom of choice." Politicians assured us they were "personally opposed" to abortion but couldn't ...

Reading the signs of the timesRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic death of a rock musician has me thinking about St. Benedict. The musician is Chris Cornell, who died alone in a hotel room in Detroit on May 17. He had been lead singer for Soundgarden ...

Religious freedom 2.0: An executive order short on orders Richard Doerflinger

On May 4, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on religious freedom that was soon criticized from different directions. The order expresses an intent "to vigorously enforce federal law's ...