Thursday, November 29, 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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