In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 24, 2022, reversing Roe v. Wade, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica affirm the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that all life is sacred, from conception to natural death.
We also recognize this ruling presents challenges to the Church itself, as so aptly stated by San Diego Cardinal-designate Robert McElroy: “It demands we do everything we can to support families, to provide access to quality healthcare, affordable housing, good jobs and decent housing.”
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, along with the other bishops serving in Washington State, echoed this view: “This conviction compels us to seek justice and advocate for the vulnerable, the voiceless, and the afflicted. Upholding the dignity of every human person drives us to care for the poor, to welcome immigrants, to seek racial and social justice, and to oppose abortion.”
The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica are especially cognizant of the fear and uncertainty this ruling will have on women who are or will become pregnant in the future. We are all called to give compassion, comfort, and financial assistance to those blessed with giving life, while others may avoid the need. We take it as our responsibility to help these women obtain proper healthcare, as well as food, shelter and other necessities, prior to childbirth and as they care for their family.
The Sisters will pray, as well, for those impacted by this ruling as we continue to serve all those in need and welcome all as Christ.