Fr. Blair Raum, a leader in post-abortion ministry within the Catholic church, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday.
Today's edition of The Baltimore Sun published this obituary.
"In 1995, after years of actively supporting the Roman Catholic teaching regarding abortion, he gave up the Fells Point pastorate and began speaking around the country to health care professionals and religious leaders about post-abortion counseling. He became Baltimore's director of Project Rachel, an ecumenical ministry that offers 'healing, hope and reconciliation' after abortion.
'He was about changing hearts,' said Tami Koerber, Project Rachel's Baltimore director. 'He was a man of great compassion and sensitivity who knew how to listen. He knew how to carry a woman's heart as she worked through the process of reconciling with her child, with God and herself.'"
Too bad that the Baltimore Sun felt compelled to quotation marks around "healing, hope and reconcilation". If Fr. Raum had been a leader with the Elizabeth Ministry, a Catholic support group for families that have lost children to miscarriage, I don't think his obituary would have said:
He was the director of the Elizabeth ministry, which provides "hope and healing" after miscarriage.
Here is the webpage sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore about Fr. Raum's ministry.
May he rest in peace.