Kathryn Lopez

It can also help us understand how we got to this moment: We lost confidence. Many of us have voluntarily privatized religion, publicly declaring what ought to be our most precious rights as merely fit for pew talk. And we've tolerated the government usurping authorities out of its bounds. But that's not right, and you don't have to be Catholic to see it. You're free not to have religion. But you must be free to live it if you do.

There has always been something off about the Catholic candidates who declare themselves "personally opposed" to abortion but publicly defend the legal choice to end an unborn child's life. And it has to do with integrity.

Whatever the Supreme Court does, whatever happens with various lawsuits, whether or not the Obama administration backs down and rescinds its position, "We have the love of Christ and the truth about the human person," is how Archbishop Lori explained his confidence.

If we believe, we ought to act so convinced. And we must insist that we remain free to do so.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.