Today's gospel in my church was the parable of the workers in the vineyard. No doubt you remember it. The owner of the vineyard hires workers at different times of the day. He agrees with the first set of workers to pay them a denarius, and at the end of the day he pays all the workers the same, even those who have toiled only for one hour. Because he has them paid in reverse order, those who have worked all day note the relatively high pay-per-hour received by those hired last, and they hope they'll be getting more, but they get only what they agreed to. They're annoyed. They've worked through the heat of the day and are treated as mere equals with those who have only recently started working.
And you all know how it ends. The vineyard owner chides them for envy, pointing out gently that they got the pay for which they contracted and shouldn't be angry because of his generosity to the late arrivals.
It's pretty clear that this is another of the parables (like the story of the Prodigal Son) that prophesy the inclusion of the Gentiles in the church, but it is so true to human nature that it has many other applications.
I couldn't help thinking of it when noticing some recent squabbles here and there among pro-lifers. On the one hand, we have some truly nasty anti-Catholic sentiment from some Protestants, discussed by the Crescat here. She's quite right to say that, if Protestant pro-lifers don't want to regard themselves as co-belligerents with Catholics and if they go out of their way to be unpleasant, there is no reason to make common cause with those particular Protestants.
In response to Protestant narrow-mindedness, I'm afraid (yes, I admit that I've seen it on Facebook) that some Catholics have succumbed to the temptation (and it must be a very great and to some extent understandable temptation) to play the, "Where were you guys in the 70's?" card. The resemblance to the workers who have wrought through the heat of the day is almost impossible to miss: "Our church was pro-life long before your denominations were. You're the late-comers, and don't you forget it. You should be (more or less) glad we let you join our movement at all!"
All of this should be set aside. If we cannot join together in full Christian Communion, let's by all means join together in fighting the very great evils that beset our beloved country. For the laughter of Mordor will be our only reward if we don't do so.