Today, I had a thought while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary: that those who attempt to compromise on principles for the sake of political power are guilty of the Scourging of Christ.
To wit, Pontius Pilate was afraid to let Christ go even though he found no wrong in him for fear of the repercussions from Rome that the Sanhedrin threatened him with. "You are no friend of Ceasar's". Therefore, he had Jesus scourged (nearly killed) in hopes of placating them.
Politicians who are "personally opposed" to abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and other life issues but vote to allow them in a pluralistic society are guilty of the same sin.
Thus it is that the innocent suffer, because the powerful are afraid.
May God have mercy on us, and forgive us our sins.