Thursday, February 07, 2013

Michael Schwartz (1950-2013)

Michael Schwartz, a leader in the pro-life movement, and a tireless advocate for pro-family issues in Washington, fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday, after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 63.

Michael was one of a handful of faithful Catholics who brought the unique presence of the True Faith to the rise of the so-called "religious right" during the Reagan years. This writer met him when he was a leader of the "Carroll Group," a consortium of Catholic leaders who met monthly, under the auspices of the Free Congress Foundation in Washington, a conservative think tank founded by political strategist Paul Weyrich, to discuss matters of mutual concern. Over the years, Michael had been active with the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Concerned Women for America, Operation Rescue, among other endeavors. For the better part of over a decade, until the illness was in its final stages only recently, he was chief of staff to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Mother Seton Church in Germantown, Maryland. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, and their children and grandchildren.

Requiescat in pace, Michael.

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