This past Friday the March for Life was held in Washington, DC. That same Friday was a Day of Prayer and Penance for Life here in the Diocese of Covington. Tuesday of this week, January 22, is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Since that time over 50 million abortions have taken place in our country. I believe that this is the issue that will identify our age, as slavery marked the middle decades of the 1800s. As in that struggle, the existential questions at the end of our lives, for each of us will be, “Where did you stand? What did you do?”
Some real victories have been won in the battle for the dignity of human life, especially as it pertains to the unborn. The annual number of abortions is down. More women are choosing life for their children, but the number of those who are being aborted is still far too high. When I have taken part in the March for Life in Washington, I have been struck by the large number of young people. Many of them carry signs which proclaim, “We are the Pro-Life Generation.” And they are. Young people in America are much more likely to oppose abortion than those of their parents’ generation.
Recently, two United States Senators challenged a candidate for a federal judicial position on his membership in the Knights of Columbus because that organization has taken “radical stands” on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. The implication is that membership in such a radical organization as the Knights of Columbus would disqualify someone from holding a position as a judge in this country. What that means is that anyone who is Catholic, and who holds what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, is unfit to be a judge in the United States. Although the Constitution of the US rejects a “religious test” for anyone running for, or being appointed to, any office in the government, we are quickly approaching a time in which to be Catholic, and especially to be a faithful Catholic, may very well mean that you cannot be considered as a candidate or an appointee.
It is not easy to stand up against the spirit of the age, which Pope Saint John Paul II defined as the Culture of Death. It will likely become more difficult in the very near future and may require those who do stand up for life, to pay a great price. What will I do? What will you do? Where will we stand?
If we will not stand up for the most defenseless among us, the unborn, who will we stand up for? What will we stand for? Let us, please, stand for life. This certainly includes all human life, but especially the lives of the unborn.
Fr. Mike Comer