A forum of Catholic Thought

Morality at the moviesRichard Doerflinger

The most likely place to find uplifting messages about the human spirit these days is in superhero movies. Spider-Man risks himself to save others because he takes to heart his beloved uncle's words, ...

Let your conscience be your guide Richard Doerflinger

Our political life has become such a war of words that many may not notice that the Trump administration has done something very good and long overdue -- and is being condemned for it. The very good ...

Losing our humanity to robots?Richard Doerflinger

As a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, I have attended its annual assemblies in Rome since 2012. Pope Francis has asked the academy to explore a range of issues with moral implications, in keeping ...

Congress and infanticide Richard Doerflinger

Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft once found himself arguing with an abortion supporter, and said to her: "Give me one argument that defends abortion that doesn't also defend infanticide." He was pleasantly ...

Building a wall against lifeRichard Doerflinger

In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a "historic victory for New Yorkers," New York has passed what may be the nation's most extreme and irresponsible abortion law. Andrea Miller, president of the National ...

Inspiration from the comics Richard Doerflinger

"America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie, I guess." Thus wrote political humorist Bill Maher on the recent death of Stan Lee, beloved ...

On not being a vegetableRichard Doerflinger

Of all the dilemmas classified under end-of-life issues, the most divisive even for Catholics has been the treatment of people diagnosed as being in a "vegetative state." The phrase has been used to ...

Valuing truth over faction Richard Doerflinger

Confirmation of a new justice for the U.S. Supreme Court has been halted, at least temporarily, by an accusation that the nominee when 17 years old tried to force himself on a 15-year-old girl. (A second ...