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Pro-abortion Illinois attorney general’s husband to speak at Chicago parishes

6/29/2006 - 6:00 AM PST


By Matt Abbott
Catholic Online

Pat Byrnes, husband of strongly pro-abortion Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, will be speaking at four Catholic parishes in the Chicago archdiocese. His speaking engagements are part of the “Theology-on-Tap” lecture series sponsored by archdiocese’s Young Adult Ministry office.

Byrnes, “a cartoonist for the New Yorker and America Magazine, creator of the comic strip ‘Monkeyhouse,’ and author of two books,” will give a talk titled "What Would Satan Do? Cultivating a Conscience in a World of Negative Influence."

What isn’t being advertised by the Young Adult Ministry office is the fact that Byrnes is indeed the husband of Madigan, who is no friend of the pro-life movement. She opposed a ban on partial-birth abortion, threatened to shut down (and even harassed) pregnancy counseling centers in Illinois, and has been endorsed by pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood.

One local pro-life activist who knew Byrnes told me Byrnes used to be a staunch pro-lifer, but after meeting and marrying Madigan, he completely changed his colors. He is Madigan’s number one supporter, lauding her at campaign rallies and speaking engagements.

“This is a sacrilege, and, sadly, many people just don’t understand that,” said the activist.

Archdiocesan officials who know about Byrnes reportedly have given the typical response: “He won’t be speaking on abortion.”

That’s comforting.

What would Satan do? Well, I dunno, but I think Byrnes would do well to realize he is dancing with the devil.

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