Since I have taken my “other job” as administrator of the Diocese of Gary, life has been decidedly interesting. I have had a working relationship with the bishops of the state of Indiana — I cannot wait to meet them in a couple of months — and have had to address a lot of different issues in our diocese. With the bishops, specifically, we have been working on a press release regarding capital punishment that should come out around the beginning of October (Respect Life month) and are working on a release about the finding of fetal remains at a former abortionist’s house in Illinois.
In regard to the remains, the Diocese of Gary put out the following press release yesterday that I would like to share with you. In addition, we have offered to the attorney general to take the bodies and give them a proper burial. I know that Fort Wayne-South Bend has done the same. This is all so sad.
Colleen Rabine, communications director for Diocese of Gary: (989) 980-1416
Vanessa Negrete, digital media strategist for Diocese of Gary: (219) 313-3924
September 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diocese of Gary Offers Prayers, Support in Burial of Fetal Remains
MERRILLVILLE – The Diocese of Gary is offering a final resting place for the recently discovered aborted remains of unborn children who died at the hands of an abortionist working out of clinics in Indiana.
“I am honored to offer a final resting place for the fetal remains,” said Michael Welsh, chief operations officer of Gary Diocesan Cemeteries. “We are working with officials to explore how to best facilitate that process.”
Rev. Michael J. Yadron, administrator of the Diocese of Gary, said, “Bodies are the temples of the soul. When a life ends, we bury that person with reverence.”
As so many others, I was appalled when I first heard about the finding of more than 2,246 medically preserved remains of unborn children in the Illinois home of Ulrich Klopfer, who performed thousands of abortions in Northwest Indiana over the years. I am in full support of the investigation underway by the attorneys general in both Indiana and Illinois,” Father Yadron said.
“All life is sacred because all individuals are created in the immortal image and likeness of God. Following the lead of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, which is offering assistance in the burial of remains, the Diocese of Gary’s Catholic cemeteries have also offered to bury the fetal remains,” Father Yadron said.
“Abortion takes lives and creates victims. Many women (and men) feel wounded after procuring an abortion. Often, the wounds do not surface until months or years later. There is hope for those who struggle with the ramifications of abortion. Project Rachel is one of the ministries that offers support to people of all faiths who are in emotional and spiritual pain after an abortion. You may contact Project Rachel at 1-888-456-HOPE (4673),” Father Yadron said.
“There has been a huge outcry about the number of fetal remains found recently. As tragic as that number is, the fact remains that it is just shy of the number of abortions that take place daily in the United States. Life is sacred. We must proclaim that fact, and we must do all that we can to preserve life at all stages,” Father Yadron said.