June 24, 2022
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Bishop Peter Christensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, issued this
statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to
overturn Roe v. Wade:
Many have said they never thought they would see the day when the U.S.
Supreme Court would overturn a tragic decision it made almost 50 years ago
when Roe v. Wade was decided.
Today, the Supreme Court, in Dobbs v. Jackson, ruled that Roe is no longer the
law of the land. These past five decades, U.S. citizens have lived with an unjust
law that permitted some to decide whether or not others can live. As a result,
generations of preborn children have been denied the right to life. From here
forward, June 24th can now be celebrated as a birthday of sorts for our nation;
as a day that recognizes the value of God’s gift of life for all.
I do not believe it is by chance that this decision was released on the Feast of
the Sacred Heart. This Feast celebrates Jesus’ love for all humanity. The
Gospel for today from the 15th chapter of St. Luke, says that Jesus, the Good
Shepherd, searches unceasingly for His lost sheep. This message to bring all
His children home is for all of humanity, whether they recognize Him now or
We must remind ourselves that although the Supreme Court’s decision offers
a greater respect for life by returning this issue to the states, it increases the
opportunity for all of us to be made even more ready and willing to offer
Christian charity to all expectant mothers and their children who live in
vulnerable, challenging situations.
It is important that we move forward doing all we can to encourage the
sanctity of marriage and family life. We must be diligent in working hard to
reverse the evil ideologies that are determined to deconstruct traditional
values – values that truly protect and nourish the lives of our innocent
children and families and, thus, the health of our nation.
Today, we give our thanks to the millions who have given tirelessly for the
cause of promoting life. We give thanks to all those who have helped us
celebrate today a “new birth” for our nation. Let us celebrate this new birth in
our nation and our state as we celebrate God’s continued blessings.
As I remain your grateful Bishop,