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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 ...

Catholic judges under the microscopeRichard Doerflinger

Catholics wanting to serve our country in the legal system are coming under intense scrutiny. In 2017, University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett was grilled by members of the Senate Judiciary ...

Happy holy days Richard Doerflinger

Is it my imagination, or has the Christmas shopping season (or "holiday shopping season") extended itself by another few weeks? What we used to call "Black Friday" sales, beginning the day after Thanksgiving, ...

Are there still unalienable rights?Richard Doerflinger

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of ...

Conscience and its enemies Richard Doerflinger

Should doctors and nurses be forced to take part in procedures that violate their conscience? It's a timely question. New federal regulations to enforce existing conscience protection laws are being challenged ...

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 ...

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