Be careful of false dichotomies. Soon we will be locked in acrimonious debate about how to best choose for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society, how to choose a course of action that will best blunt the pandemic, which will save lives by minimizing the shock to our health system of hundreds of thousands of very sick individuals, how to save many from the life threatening result of our economy in free fall, with millions out of work, mortgages due, rent due, crippling debt. And these are just some of the conversations and choices we will be called to have and make. It is never all or nothing, every choice has advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits. And be sure that there will be no easy choices or unanimity on what is the right, the just, the morally perfect, the preeminent example of respect for life.
We Roman Catholic Christians have long and rightly called for the value of life to be respected and protected from conception through natural death. It will be an interesting challenge to see where we stand firmly in the coming days as the fight over how to protect and preserve life also is a fight over wealth, power, jobs, livelihoods, the preservation of our economic vitality, either choice has importance and value. But we will have to choose, a hard choice, which is first, primary, preeminent, and with this choice what we are willing to sacrifice and endure, what we are called upon then to do together to aid any and all who are victims not only of the disease, but the cure for the disease which is needed, medically necessary, and beyond demanding for everyone in our country and world. It will be interesting and instructive to see how prolife we truly are and why; and how much we believe that those who are most vulnerable not only need but deserve our love to be like that of God, whose love for the least is preeminent.