Thursday, November 29, 2007

Henry Hyde 1924-2007

Former Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde, the unyielding defender of unborn children and author of the Hyde Amendment, has entered Eternal Life. The great Irish Catholic politician (one of the old breed) spent his career in Congress tirelessly advocating for the rights of the unborn, the disabled, the aged, and the defenseless. His convictions were real and true, and he served as an example to a lot of young pro-life people of the good you can accomplish in public life.

It is because of Henry Hyde that I have never given up on the pro-life cause. For all of his imperfections he has served as a prime example to me of a real Catholic leader. Liberals often made light of an extra-marital affair he had in the late 60's and tried to brand Hyde (the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that impeached Bill Clinton for perjury-lying under oath-not for the sex he lied about) as a hypocrite. When confronted with it, Hyde admitted to it-he didn't lie about it. I also got the distinct feeling that he went to Confession-probably long ago-and made things right with God. Of course, the notion that men are sinful and in need of divine forgiveness is as far-removed from the thinking of some on the Left as the idea that morality actually matters.

Henry Hyde was a living example of both God's redemptive power and His ability to use someone to further the interests of real justice in public life. I ask everyone to remember Congressman Hyde's family in your prayers. I ask Catholics to join me in offering up rosaries and Masses in prayer this week for the repose of the soul of Henry Hyde.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon him. May his soul and the soul of all the Faithful Departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen.

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At Friday, November 30, 2007 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

It's amazing, not to mention shameful, that people must revel in the death of a great man by throwing around their faults.

Name me a faultless person, and I'll point to a liar.

Whatever mistakes Mr. Hyde may have made are between him and God. He doesn't need to be or deserve to be judged by an apparently self-righteous "doctor" who has likely made many mistakes in his own life.

Aside from Mr. Hyde and his family, it appears that we have one more soul for which we need to pray.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 12:06:00 AM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

By the way, I'd like to save anyone (including you David) from having to visit the vile website of the above commenter. I just checked it out and found the following:

The post at the top of the page begins with the title "Sleaze Bag Pig Hyde".

As one scrolls down the page, one would fine many pictures of women in various stages of undress.

Clearly, the above commenter ought to concentrate on his own faults instead of trying to point out those of others.

At Friday, November 30, 2007 1:16:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

This poor fellow has an agenda...he needs prayer of hos own, alright.


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