Rev. John Stowe is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. Covington Catholic School, the school at the center of last weekend’s incident at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., is not in the Lexington Diocese, but Stowe’s recent op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader is revealing nonetheless.
Here is a taste:
A perennial complaint from participants in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., is that the secular news media largely ignore this massive protest of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. In light of the viral news story of last weekend, of a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky in a confrontation with a Native American elder after this year’s march, that claim no longer holds.
As the leader of the Catholic Church in the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky, I join the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders in apologizing in the wake of this incident.
I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest. As such, I believe that U.S. Catholics must take a look at how our support of the fundamental right to life has become separated from the even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person.
Without engaging the discussion about the context of the viral video or placing the blame entirely on these adolescents, it astonishes me that any students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies.
We cannot uncritically ally ourselves with someone with whom we share the policy goal of ending abortion.
Read the entire piece here. My conservative evangelical brothers and sisters can learn valuable lessons from our Catholic brothers and sisters, especially as it relates to what it means to be “pro-life.”