Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

You belong to Jesus - The unlikely friendship of an abortionist and a pro-life Catholic

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By CNA News
11/7/2019 (6 days ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

The unlikely friendship between a controversial abortion doctor and a local Catholic shows the impact of encounter and friendship in spreading the Gospel, an Indiana priest said after the abortionist's death.

Ulrich ‽George' Klopfer

Ulrich ‽George" Klopfer

Highlights

By CNA News
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
11/7/2019 (6 days ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: ABORTION, FORT WAYNE, IND., US


Fort Wayne, Ind., (CNA) - The unlikely friendship between a controversial abortion doctor and a local Catholic shows the impact of encounter and friendship in spreading the Gospel, an Indiana priest said after the abortionist's death.

On Sept. 16, police launched an investigation after more than 2,000 remains of aborted children were found at the former home of abortion doctor Ulrich "George" Klopfer in Will County, Illinois.

Klopfer, 75, had died about a week before the fetal remains were discovered on his property. He had spent four decades performing abortions at clinics in Indiana and Illinois.

For years, Klopfer's abortion practice had been criticized for a lack of safeguards. His license was suspended in 2016 because he failed to exercise reasonable care and violated documentation requirements, according to local reports.

In a homily on Sept. 15, Father Dan Scheidt of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish in Fort Wayne said that a parishioner from the church had befriended Klopfer while he was alive. The parishioner, who was not named in the homily, would routinely pray outside one of the clinics where Klopfer worked, and the two eventually got to know one another.

"Even after his [medical] license was taken away from the state, George Klopfer kept returning to his closed clinic so that he could get out of his car and sit in the passenger seat of the Saint Vincent's parishioner's car and talk to his friend. Every single Thursday, George Klopfer drove from Chicago to be with his friend."

Through the parishioner, Scheidt said he was also introduced to Klopfer.

"Twice I sat next to that man, who is responsible for the ending of over 30,000 human lives," said Scheidt. "It became clear in our conversation that we were his only friends. It's what prompted him to drive the distance and want to meet with the priest."

Scheidt said he learned a great deal about Klopfer and the sufferings of his life. Klopfer was born in World War II Germany and witnessed "the neglect of human beings for each other," he said. In one story, the abortion doctor recalled Russian soldiers machine-gunning small animals for their own cruel amusement.

Before Klopfer passed away, the priest said, the Catholic parishioner believed he saw the abortion doctor undergo a change of heart. At the time of their last meeting, the parishioner had challenged Klopfer, saying, "George, it's not too late. You are like the thief on the cross next to Jesus. You belong to Jesus, George, accept that, even in the last hour, accept that."

"The parishioner, who so many times left the Thursday meeting with frustration at the progress, he left that meeting believing that he'd actually reached George's heart," Scheidt said, emphasizing that God alone knows the condition of Klopfer's soul at the moment of his death.

Scheidt encouraged members of his congregation to imitate the actions of the parishioner, seeing everyone as more than the sum of their sins, but as a child of God.

"My brothers and sisters, we must go in search of the divine image in every person. I saw in George Klopfer not simply one who slaughtered, but a lost sheep...Somebody who needed to know his sonship," the priest said.

He encouraged parishioners to consider anyone they may have dismissed because of that person's sin. He asked them to call on Christ for help in inviting those people into an encounter of love.

"God possesses the ability to transform and to heal human life," he said. "This is our story and Jesus has given us everything, everything, for us to be part of the happy ending."

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Will Trump's judicial appointments matter for abortion, religious freedom Watch

Image of Elbert P Tuttle US Court of Appeals Building Atlanta Georgia

US President Donald Trump has nominated more than one-fourth of federal circuit court judges - but what, if anything, might that entail for ... continue reading


N Ireland abortion law plans 'devastating', pro-life leader objects Watch

Image of Newborn

Northern Ireland's proposed abortion law drew strong objections from pro-life advocates who said it removes almost all legal protection for ... continue reading



Don't use tragic case to legalize assisted suicide, UK group says Watch

Image of Euthanasia pills

An anti-euthanasia group in the UK is calling for the continuation of laws against assisted suicide, as the family of an elderly woman ... continue reading


Federal judge blocks conscience protection rule for healthcare workers Watch

Image of Healthcare workers

A federal judge in New York overturned the Trump administration's conscience protection rule for health care workers on Wednesday. New York ... continue reading


Rape, incest exemptions restored to South Carolina abortion ban Watch

Image of Pregnant woman

As the South Carolina legislature considers a bill that would ban most abortions after an unborn baby's heartbeat is detectable, a Senate ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.