Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
St. Alphonse of Sacramento? Process to canonize beloved former auxiliary bishop moves forward
An effort to beatify and canonize former Sacramento Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, described in one biography as a "champion of the unborn and the unwanted," continues to move forward.
The diocese is in the process of preparing a more than 1000-page report summarizing the testimony of over 100 witnesses attesting to Bishop Gallegos' virtuous life and declarations from those who say the bishop has interceded on their behalf since his death almost 18 years ago. The report is scheduled to be sent to the Vatican at year's end.
Bishop Gallegos, one of 11 children of Joseph and Caciana Gallegos and a member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, was ordained auxiliary bishop of Sacramento on November 4, 1981. He was killed in a car crash in October