The Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of The Holy Innocents within the Octave of Christmas. Read our recent article on this important Octave season here.
Feast of The Holy Innocents
The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew 2:16-18. Herod sent his soldiers to kill all male children ages two and under that were in Bethlehem and on the borders. This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah: “A voice in Rama was heard, of lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailed her children, and would not be comforted, because they were not.” (Jer 31:15)
The Church venerates these children as martyrs (flores martyrum) because they are the first buds of the Church killed by the frost of persecution. They died not only for Christ, but in his stead, as St. Augustine states.
Similarly, the crisis of abortion in our day has killed millions of innocents, all beloved children of God. Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the oral arguments for the landmark case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
The State of Mississippi enacted a law, the Gestational Age Act which makes elective abortions illegal after 15 weeks except in cases of severe fetal abnormality or the life of the mother. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s sole abortion provider, challenged this act.
At least five out of the nine Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about the viability standard set forth in Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in the Court’s 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision. There were several questions regarding the constitutionality of the right to abortion. Advances in the past 50 years also call into question certain precedents of the decisions.
If the Supreme Court’s ruling, expected in the summer of 2022, upholds the ban, it could possibly overturn Roe and send the abortion issue back to the states to decide laws on it.
Angelus reported that Tom Brejcha, chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, stated that the country has “the first real legal opportunity in over a decade to topple” Roe, which “has left a tragic trail of human carnage: more than 62 million dead children and countless broken families and wounded souls.”
Continuing the Fight
On this Feast of the Holy Innocents, let’s rededicate ourselves to the fight to end the evil of abortion. Every child killed by abortion in our own age is a “Holy Innocent”.
The Station of the Cross’s Jim Havens, host of The Simple Truth, recently interviewed David Daleidan, an undercover investigative journalist known for exposing illegal activities of the abortion industry. They discussed the Dobbs v. Jackson case and its future implications.
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