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On June 26, 2000 Bishop Austin Vaughan was called back home, to his reward, which I am sure will be very great indeed. He was a Vicar of Orange County, New York, in the Archdiocese of New York.

When Cardinal Spellman died, Bishop Vaughan was approached by a representative of the Holy See and offered the position of Archbishop of New York, but he declined the offer, because he felt that he was "a very poor organizer."

Bishop Vaughan and I were good friends, and had been, for over ten years; I will miss him very much. He loved to hear me call him my favorite 'brig rat' because of the number of times he had been arrested while blocking entrance to abortion mills. He said he has been in some of the best jails in the country! When the police tried to pick him up and put him in the 'paddy wagon', he would transpose himself into about 175 pounds of Jell-O. They'd pick up one side and the other side would fall. It was really funny to watch. He gave the police no support at all as they struggled to pick him up in one piece, without success. His actions ensured that the mill would be blocked and the other protesters would have that much more time to demonstrate to potential clients the horrors perpetrated in an abortion mill. Many women turned away when they saw pictures of aborted babies, especially when shown pictures of perfectly formed legs and arms that had been torn from the bodies of babies.

Bishop Vaughan was one of the most 'Marian' oriented priests I ever had the privilege to meet. He was never without his Rosary. It was always on his person, but usually in his hands, asking the Blessed Mother to pray to her son to stop abortion.

Even after his first stroke he maintained a presence in the pro-life movement. There is no doubt in my mind that Bishop Vaughan is in Heaven, right at this moment, adding his prayers to ours, in a plea for an end to abortion, euthanasia and infanticide.

He was truly a warrior for Christ in every sense of the word!

The pro-life movement, and I, will sorely miss him.

Fred Paschall




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