As a liberal, a deep skeptic of major political parties, and a doubter on the efficacy of a bill that will take years to sink in and take effect, I have to confess it is a relief to see insurance reform passed tonight.
That said, it might be time to sew up the rifts among Catholics. The bill is passed, so it’s time to make sure abortions get stopped one at a time. Whatever and however it takes to persuade and support people who are on the fence regarding their pregnancies.
The real sifting of the pro-life movement will happen with the opportunities to work together on essential things: locally, politically, in the ecclesial sphere–everywhere. I’m hopeful we’ll see an end to whining and blame in some quarters, and a redoubled effort to overcome the hermeneutic of subtraction. Am I dreaming?