Resolution Honoring Henry Hyde

Adopted by the 125th Supreme Convention on Aug. 9, 2007.

WHEREAS, Henry J. Hyde, a member of Father McDonald Council No. 1191 in Elmhurst, Illinois, since 1955, has had a long and distinguished career in public service in both state and national government; and

WHEREAS, as a Member of the House of Representatives of the United States, he has been a stalwart advocate of the rights and status of the family; and

WHEREAS, as Chairman of the House Committee on International Relations, he has been a defender of religious liberty for oppressed believers throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, as Chairman of House Judiciary Committee, he guided, with dignity and humor, the Congress and the nation through a historic period of great conflict and division; and

WHEREAS, he has been the unrivaled champion of the right to life of children before birth, a universally acknowledged leader in the greatest social justice movement of our time, and the inspiration for millions of Americans to achieve our ever-closer goal of reestablishing equal justice under law for the unborn;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors assembled in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 4-6, 2007, in union with all members of the Order and their families, and in communion with the voiceless victims for whom he has spoken with such force and eloquence, do rightly celebrate the heroic achievement of Henry J. Hyde as the personification of the Right to Life movement, and salute him upon his emergence from life-saving surgery, a fitting outcome for a man who himself has saved countless lives; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pledge to him the continuing prayers, both for his recovery and for his continuing activism in the greatest causes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be included in the proceedings of this meeting and that a bound copy be prepared for presentation to Brother Hyde as a tangible sign of the Order’s esteem and gratitude.