The following is from Archbishop Chaput's homily at the National Shrine for the March for Life.

    Evil talks a lot about “tolerance” when it’s weak.   When evil is strong, real tolerance gets pushed out the door.   And the reason is simple:   Evil cannot bear the counter-witness of truth.  It will not coexist peacefully with goodness, because evil insists on being seen as right and worshiped as being right.  Therefore, the good must be made to seem hateful and wrong.

   The very existence of people who refuse to accept evil and who seek to act virtuously burns the conscience of those who don’t.   And so, quite logically, people who march and lobby and speak out to defend the unborn child will be, and are, reviled by leaders and media and abortion activists that turn the right to kill an unborn child into a shrine to personal choice.  

   Seventy years ago, abortion was a crime against humanity.  Four decades ago, abortion supporters talked about the “tragedy” of abortion and the need to make it safe and rare.   Not anymore.   Now abortion is not just a right, but a right that claims positive dignity, the license to demonize its opponents and the precedence to interfere with constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, assembly and religion.  We no longer tolerate abortion.   We venerate it as a totem.

Jezu, ufam Tobie.

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