Looking back at 30 years of pro-life work for the Catholic Church, Richard Doerflinger said he sometimes felt he had come into "contact with something very close to ultimate evil.
I have to remind myself not to think of myself as fighting against evil people," said the associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.
He spoke as he received the inaugural Evangelium Vitae Medal and its accompanying $10,000 prize at an April 28 banquet at the University of Notre Dame.
The medal honoured Doerflinger for his "remarkable contributions" to the pro-life cause.
In his remarks after the medal was bestowed on him, Doerflinger quoted Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who said, "The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being."