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Gosnell Babies Burial: Activists rally to bury bodies in Gosnell abortion trial
Religion Today ^ | June 9, 2013 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey/RNS

Posted on 06/11/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what Philadelphia plans to do with the 47 bodies from the case.

After Gosnell's arrest in 2011, then-Archbishop Justin Rigali asked the district attorney's office for the bodies of the aborted fetuses. After [the trial] ended and Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison, Rigali's successor, Archbishop Charles Chaput, has renewed the request to bury the bodies.

Francis Maier, assistant to Chaput, said "We're not interested in turning it into a circus. Points were made in the trial; now we just want to pay proper respect to the remains. We assume this is going to happen; we just haven't been able to secure it yet."

The ultimate decision will come from the medical examiner's office.

Investigators found 47 bodies from abortions stuffed in cat litter, bags, boxes and juice containers in Gosnell's squalid Philadelphia clinic. On Friday, many anti-abortion activists took to Twitter to demand a proper burial with the hashtag #gosnellbabies.

Frank Pavone, a Catholic priest who heads New York-based Priests for Life, was also among those requesting the bodies. In May, Pavone performed a service to give proper names to the dead babies.

He said he would like to perform a Catholic Mass for the babies and then hold a separate interdenominational burial service.

"We can begin to reverse this dynamic of pain and bring about some healing," Pavone said. "It's a step of healing, of closure for those who have been following this."

Liam Goligher, pastor of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, said he would be interested in an interdenominational service.

"I think there's good hope to think that these children are with God," Goligher said. "Some respect has to be shown to the babies."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: abortion; chaput; gosnell; moralabsolutes; pavone; prolife; victims
Headline is actually misleading: it's not "activists," it's Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia; they're not "rallying," they're petitioning for custody of the bodies. For "political points"? No, so that they who were slain and were discarded like pieces of trash, may receive a respectful funeral like human beings.

I think any decent person within 200 miles of Philadelphia should consider attending the funeral. Entire parishes and congregations should come. We need to SHOW that babies are not garbage.

Poor little ones. Their blood cries from the ground.

1 posted on 06/11/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I thought I heard that the request was denied by the medical examiner, who had custody of the bodies.

I hope they keep trying. Those babies deserve proper burials. An interfaith service sounds like a good idea.

2 posted on 06/11/2013 12:44:28 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: FamiliarFace; NYer; Salvation; narses
I'm not sure, but I thought I heard they turned down Fr. Pavone, but not necessarily Cardinal Chaput.

Anybody know?

3 posted on 06/11/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Branklin)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
May God have mercy on our society!

Catholic ping!

4 posted on 06/11/2013 2:33:30 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

A baby’s body was found near the RR tracks near the Catholic Church we now attend; the church turned all out to give that baby a Mass and burial. It was one of the reasons we started going to that church.

5 posted on 06/11/2013 6:15:10 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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God honors those who give the dead -— especially the nameless, kinless victim -— a decent burial. That’s underlined in Tobit.

6 posted on 06/12/2013 6:06:48 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all.)
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