by Steven Ertelt
January 28, 2005
Staten Island, NY (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life Catholic group says it supports a Colorado Catholic church’s decade-long practice of offering a proper burial for thousands of babies who have died from abortions. The Colorado church is coming under fire for burying the babies it received secretly from a local mortuary.
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, says there is nothing wrong with the practice, even though abortion advocates are strongly opposing it.
"Some pro-abortion activists will protest the Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder, for having held a religious ceremony to bury the dead," Pavone said. "Obviously, these protesters are no friends of religious freedom. They should be ashamed of themselves."
Father Pavone went further than just supporting the Colorado church. He says his group, during 2005, will organize similar burials and memorials to unborn children across the country.
"We at Priests for Life will organize major ceremonies to bury aborted babies in the coming year," Pavone said. "The people of Boulder and of every other city will not be able to ignore them."
Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church became the subject of a local and national controversy when it announced that it had been burying the babies for a decade at a memorial located on the church property.
Crist Mortuary, which serviced the abortion facility where the aborted babies were obtained, issued an apology Wednesday for providing the ashen remains of babies to the church.
The apology wasn’t enough to satisfy local abortion advocates, who have protests planned at Crist and Sacred Heart.
"Crist knew what they were doing,” said Peggy Loonan, executive director of Life and Liberty for Women, which backs abortion. "I don’t buy (the apology) for a second.”
Related web sites:
Priests for Life – https://www.priestsforlife.org