Rooted in Christmas wonder at the gift of the Christ Child, we reflect on the blessings and challenges of 2022.
As we prepare for the joyful celebration of Christmas with family and friends, it’s a good time to reflect back on the events of this year — and to consider some of the blessings and challenges that we have encountered as Catholic Americans over the course of 2022.
At the legal and political level, there’s no doubt that the year’s greatest blessing was the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Ever since an earlier Supreme Court wrongly held that abortion is a federal constitutional right, Roe stood as a deadly legal obstacle curtailing pro-life efforts to roll back the abortion scourge that has claimed the lives of more than 60 million unborn babies in the United States since 1973.
Now that Roe has been overturned, abortion law has been returned to the authority of individual states, and many of them have already moved to sharply reduce the scope of legal abortion. Over time, the entire nation will come to understand the truth and justice of the pro-life cause. In the public square, it is impossible to imagine a greater Christmas present than this, and we can be profoundly grateful Dobbs has opened the door to this opportunity.
But we also know that we’re far from accomplishing our goal. The subsequent defeat of several pro-life state ballot initiatives in the second half of 2022 was a pointed reminder, if one was needed, that far too many of our fellow Americans continue to be deceived by the false arguments that have been circulated for decades by the abortion lobby. Sadly, a substantial percentage of Catholics are among those who have been led astray, including President Joe Biden.The Greatest Blessing| National Catholic Register