Saturday, September 12, 2009

Murdered Pro-Life Activist was a Catholic-- Is He Worthy of Canonization?

OWOSSO, Michigan, September 12, 2009 ( - Fr. John Fain, the pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso Michigan has expressed his sadness at the murder of his parishioner James Pouillon who he described as "a good Christian and a faithful Catholic." In a message to, Fr. Fain said Pouillon "was deliberately targeted for his fervent pro-life beliefs."

I wonder: did Jim Pouillon live a life of heroic virtue, i.e. is he worthy of canonization? On the surface of it, it looks like he might have. Consider this: he faithfully protested injustice, in spite of ephysema. He responded to violence with blessings. He stood up for his faith in the face of difficult circumstances, and ultimately died for speaking the truth.

I think it would be very inspiring if he were to be canonized. I like the idea of a genuine pro-life activist saint-- not necessarily one of the elites of the pro-life movement (although I can sense that some of them may be worthy of canonization, too) but he was an average schlub, by the looks of things, except for his disability.

Of course, I don't actually know him, but it might be profitable to investigate the possibility.