Kathryn Lopez

The truth won out in Massachusetts. And the victory, made possible by a diverse coalition of Catholics, black pastors, disability rights activists and liberal Democrats, stands as a lesson on other issues impacting the dignity of human life.

The truth was not heard on a wide-scale level this election cycle. Much of the country had very little idea that the administration has redefined religious liberty while in office, making the claim that basic health care includes abortion-inducing drugs, as well as contraception and female sterilization, and that religious employers and others would have to provide coverage of these things they find morally objectionable or face grievous penalties.

And so the answer to the question about Chris Matthews is this: A limited number of people are going to listen to a pro-life Catholic columnist from a conservative magazine writing about the Obama administration policy she objects to. A finite number of people will be in the pews every Sunday to hear about why we should value religious freedom. But people are open to unexpected joy, even in suffering. It's why people pursue all kinds of pleasures that only wind up bringing them more heartache.

And so even though the MSNBC host had likened his own church's stance on abortion to Shariah law days before the dinner, he was on that dais because if you see a truth about the fullness of human life and freedom, you have to share it with all. You have to welcome all. And you have to make them feel welcome and loved. And then you tell them the truth. And you live the truth. And it might just catch on. It worked in Massachusetts this November.

Kathryn Lopez

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