Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
Register Executive Editor Tom Hoopes is blogging live from today’s March for Life in Washington, D.C.
One can’t help but notice the prevalence of religion at the March.
Each religion seems to be here, and each showing itself in its quintessential form.
The rally began with a prayer by a Lutheran of the Missouri School Synod, and his prayer was matter-of-fact and thorough, like the Lutherans.
Later, an Orthodox Church in America primate summed up the pro-life message by raising the stakes in an Orthodox way. He said, “God deified humanity in Christ,” and “each has the right to come to know God.”
Later, a Jewish rabbi spoke, and sounded like the prophet Jeremiah.
The black Evangelical pastor, Luke Robinson, sounded like Martin Luther King.
But one can’t help but notice that apart from the speakers, almost everyone in the crowd seems to be Catholic. Images of Our Lady are everywhere. So are signs that say things like “Modern-Day Latin Mass Community, “Salina Diocese,” and “St. Joan of Arc Youth Ministry.”
One banner just shows Blessed Gianna. Another says, “Excommunicate Biden.”
Everywhere you go you hear Hail Marys, as different groups say the Rosary.
Catholics can be justly proud of what they have made out of the March of Life.
Our claims of being the apostolic, catholic Church of Jesus Christ look more credible when we see the masses of humanity we have attracted to this leading civil rights cause of our day.
— Tom Hoopes