Kathryn Lopez

Buckley connected this novel idea to Christianity, to the sense that people's individual lives have something inviolable and sacred at their center, something that cannot and should not be legislated: A higher power than government, to put it in basic terms.

In his last public audience on Wednesday, retiring Pope Benedict XVI said: "Jesus is very clear that it is not worldly power that saves the world, but the power of the cross, of humility and of love."

It's people aflame with that understanding, seeking to live in its reality, who see every man and woman as made in the image and likeness of God, and deserving of love, respect and dignity.

Rosa Parks was not a savior but a servant. All our impenetrable debates of the day might benefit from humility and a renewed acknowledgement and confidence in its source.

Kathryn Lopez

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