The fight for the right to life of all unborn persons is woven into the fabric of Christendom’s mission to restore a Christian understanding of society into modern culture. Since the founding of the college, the annual March for Life has given the entire community the opportunity to do this on a national scale in Washington, D.C., during the largest pro-life event of the year.
This year, the March marked forty-six years of protest against the destruction of innocent human life through the infamous Roe v. Wade case. Christendom students, faculty, and staff marched with hundreds of other schools, parishes, and organizations to witness to the sanctity and dignity of every human life.
The college’s student activities council chartered several buses to bring the entire school — students, faculty, and staff — to the rally site on the National Mall. Joined by hundreds of thousands of other defenders of life, Christendom’s large group – over five hundred strong – rallied around the stage. The Mall was muddy from melting snow, yet the conditions did not deter the participants from prayerfully, and joyfully, defending life.
Isabella Reilly, a junior philosophy major, was directly impacted by the college’s witness, and believes that everyone should take part in the March.
“I always notice the sense of community oriented toward this important political goal,” says Reilly. “It’s great to be with your class and see people from around the country, all marching for the same thing. If you’ve never done it, you should definitely do it.”
The Christendom group joined together in praying twenty decades of the Rosary for all unborn babies and their mothers during the March, as well as for the conversion of politicians and abortionists.
Dr. Douglas Flippen, a philosophy professor at Christendom, has been attending the March since 1990, and sees marching with the students as an important event every year.
“We are trying to change an unjust and unscientific law that is ultimately damaging the whole country,” says Flippen.
Christendom’s pro-life spirit is not just present one day a year at the March. Every Saturday during the semester, a group of students, called “Shield of Roses,” travels to pray outside a local abortion clinic. Each semester, one weekend is also chosen as “Mega Shield,” when up to fifty percent of the student body encircles the abortion facility to pray and witness to life.
The pro-life focus of the March and these other prayerful protests hits at the heart of the modern crisis of the family, challenging people to love, even in difficulty, rather than being indifferent to the suffering and pain of others.
“Because we’re a Catholic institution,” says Flippen, “we are concerned for the children aborted as well as the women who decide to abort, and the men who may push them to abortion. The March focuses the country on the issue, and we won’t stop protesting this damaging law.”
The culture war in America has been going on for a long time and may continue for many generations to come. Despite the challenges that may come, Christendom will continue to stand up for the right of each and every person to be born and loved as a child of God.
Special to Christendom by author Riley Damitz (’20).