Richard M. Doerflinger retired in 2016 after 36 years of service to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, finishing as the associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. In that role he was involved in every single life issue, including embryo research, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia, at the very highest level in federal and state governments. In 2011, he became the first recipient of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, and he continues to serve as a Vita Institute Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Culture, and writes opinion columns in Catholic newspapers across the nation, among other things in a busy retirement.
- "A More Human Society" - Doerflinger's columns at Today's Catholic — Richard Doerflinger retired from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after 36 years. He is now retired and living in Washington state where he writes this syndicated column.
- CEC Public Policy Fellows — The Center for Ethics and Culture projects and amplifies Notre Dame’s voice into the public square on the most important public policy debates concerning human dignity and the common good. The Center’s director, Professor of Law Carter Snead, and the Center’s affiliated Public Policy Fellows provide: • Legislative testimony before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures on urgent and vital issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and the HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate. • Advice and counsel to elected and appointed local and federal officials through policy briefings, Supreme Court amicus briefs, and white papers. • Media commentary through press interviews, op-eds, and public statements.
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