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The contested legacy of Vatican IIRichard Doerflinger

This October was the 60th anniversary of the first session of the Second Vatican Council, a landmark event in the Catholic Church. Yet the council's legacy remains a matter of confusion and controversy ...

Why not love them both? Richard Doerflinger

"Why not love them both?" has been a message of the pro-life movement for many years, expressing a commitment to both the unborn child and his or her mother who may be considering abortion. For decades ...

Wishing for a real debate on abortionRichard Doerflinger

So many falsehoods and confusions fill the media lately on abortion that I find myself pining for an actual argument. For an example, I do not want to pick on our president. But he started it, by picking ...

A depopulated future Richard Doerflinger

I remember when people thought overpopulation would destroy us and the planet. Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book "The Population Bomb" popularized this idea, leading to urgent calls for "zero population growth." ...

A right to contraception?Richard Doerflinger

July 25 marked the 54th anniversary of St. Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae," reaffirming the Church's teaching on contraception and openness to the gift of new life. Four days earlier, ...

Roe and the legacy of abortion Richard Doerflinger

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and, by implication, a long line of abortion decisions relying on them. This ends a regime ...

A perfect storm on abortionRichard Doerflinger

A leaked draft opinion in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization has prompted reactions that are extreme, ill-informed, and sometimes abusive. We are seeing a "perfect ...

A bias against children's lives Richard Doerflinger

Thirty years ago, my wife was 16 weeks pregnant with our third child. At a routine prenatal checkup, our doctor suddenly looked very concerned and said she couldn't hear our baby's heartbeat. ...