February 4th, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Philadelphia archdiocese raising funds for burials in abortion case

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is collecting donations in an effort to pay for the burial of fetal remains found in the clinic of a doctor who is accused of killing newborn babies during illegal abortions.

Such a burial will have to wait, though, prosecutors say, because the remains are evidence in the case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

"It's an extremely unusual case and unusual request," said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Read the full story on the archdiocese raising funds for burials
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Abortion • Bishops • Catholic Church • Pennsylvania

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dan

    I am glad that the Archdiocese is taking the responsibility to make sure these murdered infants are buried.

    February 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Keith

    Forget being killed by a drunk driver or some homicidal maniac with a gun....the most dangerous place to be is in your mother's womb-where you have a 1 in 4 chance of being killed. I pray for God's judgement on our nation for us allowing this abomination to occur on our watch. Shame on us. Especially us Christians living our cushy, cozy lives. No wonder Jesus is going to vomit us out of HIs mouth. We deserve everything we get!

    February 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hey Keith...

      You Said: "No wonder Jesus is going to vomit us out of HIs mouth."

      Curious... Is this written in the Bible...?


      February 6, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Hi, Peace2All,
      Yes, here it is: out of my Douay-Rheims....Apocalypse 3:16
      But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

      February 6, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Keith

      Hi there Peace2All, Yes, it's in Revelation 3:16. In the first three chapters of Revelation, Jesus, in a way, gives a mid-term report card to the seven churches. In this case, the Laodicean Church is reprimanded. They thought they were doing well as the next verse indicates-"Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked...
      To me it sounds like the useless church here in America. Comfortable and cozy, unwilling to take a stand on issues that matter, whose leaders are too busy hiding in the tall grass afraid to 'offend' someone. In other words, gutless cowards whom Jesus will vomit out of his mouth.
      Anyway, hope you're doing well.

      February 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  3. Geo Whetstine

    Bury the dead.One of the church's seven corporal works of mercy.I would remind all readers of Barack Obama's reply to Dr.Rick Warren's question"At what point does a baby become human?".Note the operative word,"baby". Not fetus,not embryo,,,,"BABY".Mr Obama's answer was,"That's above my pay grade." We need to pay him more.

    February 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Reality

    Killing babies outside the womb is somehow different than killing them inside the womb??????

    Then we have the underlying cause of such butchery:

    o Bottom Line #1: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    Bottom line #2-

    Currently, a perfect birth control barrier system does not exist. Time to develop one! In the meantime, mono-ma-sturbation or mutual ma-sturbation are highly recommended for hete-rose-xuals who need a contraceptive. Abstinence is another best-solution but obviously the se-x drive typically vitiates this option although being biological would it not be able to develop a drug to temporarily eliminate said drive?

    February 5, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Ron

      I agree. If people would use birth control, perhaps there wouldn't be the need for abortion. I still think abortion should be available if the woman in question, need one. I've listened to too many people who refuse to use contraceptives simply because they don't like the way it feels, don't want to be bothered or their religious beliefs refuse to use them. It's pretty sad, really.

      February 5, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  5. Curious

    I agree with Hot Air Ace, 100%. That is so very sad. How could anyone do such a terrible thing! God forgive and have mercy on us all, as Anglican said.

    February 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      And I agree with you and others such as Anglican.
      It is a very hard comment page to read at the end of the day. But I guess we all need to jerk awake in the middle of the night and gasp at what we are doing in this country….

      It is a very hard comment page to read at the end of the day. But I guess we all need to jerk awake in the middle of the night and gasp at what we are doing in this country…

      I hope that each baby will be given a name and remembered as ‘the holy ones who turned this country around’. We all have to stop this NOW…stop encouraging abortion….stop saying they are not human beings….stop all the lies….and start praying for the mercy of God for how far down this wrong path we have gone…by ‘choice’…..

      February 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  6. Farmer

    I'll take the bodies. I bet they'd help to grow great tomato's.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Anglican

      Farmer. I will not ask for mercy on your behalf. Sick.

      February 5, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Keith

      Trying to get a 'good' spot in hell next to Hitler and Pol Pot? Moron.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  7. OffensiveJerk

    Say what you want about abortion. These where fully-developed babies. Bury the living bodies of these "doctors."

    February 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  8. HotAirAce

    This "doctor" should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and the medical associations responsible for licensing or oversight should be held accountable for any wrongdoing there. This *should not* be used to curtail legal medical care.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  9. Anglican

    God have mercy on us all. Peace.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Lost

      This is the best post of all....because we really need it (for everything that's happening in this world).

      February 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
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