No week in the pro-life effort is ever boring, but this week is particularly chock-full of significant events and activities
Tomorrow, for instance, I will be at the Supreme Court together with many other pro-life leaders and activists to rally in support of all those who object to the unjust HHS mandate, as the court hears oral arguments in two cases regarding the rights of for-profit businesses against the mandate. You can see my press release and commentary on this in recent posts below.
While this case has to do with businesses, there are other cases, among which we at Priests for Life have one of the leading ones, that represent the religious and nonprofit world vis-à-vis the mandate. We too have approached the Supreme Court, asking them to hear our case, with which the case of the Archdiocese of Washington has also been consolidated. On Friday, March 28 the Justices will take into conference our request and we will know within a few days whether the high court will hear these cases.
All at the same time, we have tomorrow, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, which is also observed in many nations as the Day of the Unborn Child, because it was on this day that Jesus, the Son of God, took on our human nature within the body of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was an unborn child. The feast of the Annunciation is a wonderful opportunity for us to review our awareness that the unborn truly are our brothers and sisters
Because of the significance of this day, it was also the date of publication of one of the most important documents of the pontificate of John Paul II, soon to be canonized, namely, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae). The document was published in 1995, and therefore tomorrow is its 19th anniversary. We at Priests for Life are beginning a year-long preparation for the 20th anniversary of this very significant document.
Also later this week, we expect President Obama to meet with Pope Francis. This anticipated meeting has already drawn a lot of media commentary, to which I to have contributed. You will see my remarks on this blog in the coming days.
So let’s move forward with confidence, with joy, with new energy, as we build together the culture of life!