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Inspiration from the comicsRichard 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 vegetable Richard 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 factionRichard 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 ...

Sex abuse and clericalism Richard Doerflinger

The sex abuse crisis that began with allegations about Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and dioceses in Pennsylvania has broadened with a testimonial by the former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop ...

A Church of sinnersRichard Doerflinger

Catholics are rightly horrified by the reported sexual exploitation of boys and men by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now resigned from the College of Cardinals. Other Church leaders knew of his misdeeds ...

What are judges for? Richard Doerflinger

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, interest groups and politicians are insisting that any replacement must pledge to uphold the court's Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. In ...

The Supreme Court as battlegroundRichard Doerflinger

In its June 26 decision on freedom of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy aid centers to tell pregnant women how to get an abortion. This "forced ...

Taking a public health crisis seriously Richard Doerflinger

The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. That crisis was underscored ...