Thursday, November 29, 2007

Henry Hyde, RIP

Henry Hyde served in Congress for 32 years as a representative from Illinois, and he was one of the greatest pro-life politicians. The Hyde Amendment, which he sponsored, prohibited federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. The American Right to Life Committee estimates that this amendment has been responsible for saving the lives of at least 1 million babies who would otherwise have been aborted.
Hyde had great integrity and he showed how a Catholic politician can be an effective leader without renouncing the Church's position on life issues. In a speech at Notre Dame in 1984, he said, "It is clearly insufficient for a Catholic public official to hold that his or her personal, conscientious objection to abortion as a matter of personal choice for himself or herself ends the matter"

May he rest in peace and enjoy his well-earned eternal reward.

3 comments:

Robin L. in TX said...

Amen. And may our Lord send us more workers like him into the vineyard.

In Christ's peace and joy,

Robin

Robin L. in TX said...

I believe that it is because the fact that we are all sinners is not accepted as bedrock truth, that we seem to be obligated to dredge up a man's failings when others are celebrating the good he has done.

Once we acknowledge our inherent concupiscence, it becomes an occasion for joy when we recount the good that God can accomplish through us, broken vessels all.

In Christ's peace and joy,

Robin L.

Sr. Lorraine said...

Thanks, Robin. I deleted the two offensive comments. Some people are always ready to scrutinize a person's past for any flaws. Congressman are political representatives, not saints. We're not canonizing Henry Hyde but paying tribute to him for being a strong pro-life voice in a very effective way. At least a million people are alive today because of him.

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