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John Thorne: Resquiescat in Pace

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Monday, June 27th, 2011

John ThorneThe pro-life community of northeastern Illinois has just lost one of its most devoted activists. John Thorne passed away quietly in his sleep in his home in Aurora, Illinois, on Wednesday, June 22.

I first met John at a community meeting held in April 2007 to organize in opposition to the rumored reopening of a notorious abortion clinic on the west side of Aurora. John had been one of the most devoted prayer warriors at that clinic, which had closed the previous fall.

John introduced himself after the meeting and showed me his cap, adorned with pro-life buttons, explaining that because he was so short—he styled himself "Little John"—it was easy for people to see the buttons. This was typical of John's great devotion to the pro-life cause.

When events proved that instead of the old abortuary on the West side, it was a new Planned Parenthood abortion center that would be opening in Aurora, John became one of the most dedicated members of the pro-life opposition. It was he who first proposed and organized the wonderfully successful week-long series of Jericho Marches around Planned Parenthood's block. Over 1,000 pro-lifers attended the finale march on September 15, 2007.

John spoke out against Planned Parenthood at numerous City Council meetings. He continued to speak at every meeting for months after Planned Parenthood opened, until prevented by his declining health.

My assistant Matt and I visited John once after his failing lungs had confined him to his bed. He was clearly suffering, but offered not a word of complaint. We reminisced about the fight to keep Planned Parenthood from opening, and John gave me the original Jericho March banner he had made, along with a prayer book that I've kept beside my desk ever since.

John was truly one of the most dedicated and effective activists I've ever had the privilege to know. He was always ready to serve the cause with faithfulness and humility, and his love for Our Lord was inspiring.

Visitation is today day, June 27, 2-8 p.m. at Daleiden Mortuary in Aurora, with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral is tomorrow, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Churchin Aurora.

You can find John's complete obituary here.

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16 Responses to “John Thorne: Resquiescat in Pace”

  1. Chris Beykirch says:

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of "little John" as he called himself. He was a polite, but firm voice in the Pro-Life group when I got to know him during the Planned Parenthood protest in Aurora. Rest in peace in the arms of the Lord!

    CB

    July 7th, 2011 at 8:34 pm
  2. Jerry Vilt says:

    Abortion:

    A unborn human being is no more.
    (That is, in the beginning there was and in the end there is not.)

    Now contraception (birthcontrol):
    A potential unborn human being, is no more.
    (That is, in the beginning there was a potential and in the end there is not.)

    Eliminating a potential and eliminating an actual.

    Would not both be killings?

    August 21st, 2011 at 9:46 am
  3. Jerry Vilt says:

    That is, Are not both, killing?

    August 21st, 2011 at 9:49 am
  4. Jerry Vilt says:

    1. PREMISE:
    Human Being (both born & unborn) – composite of eternal soul and temporal body.

    2. ABORTION:
    Killing of the temporal body of an unborn human being.

    3. CONTRACEPTION:
    Killing of the making of the eternal soul and the temporal body of an unborn human being.

    August 24th, 2011 at 1:51 am
  5. Jerry Vilt says:

    1. PREMISES:
    A living human being is a form/matter composite (both born and unborn) consisting of an eternal human soul and a temperal human body.

    2. ABORTION:
    Killing the temporal body of an unborn human being.

    3. CONTRACEPTION:
    Killing both the creating of an eternal soul and the making of a temporal body of an unborn human being.

    August 24th, 2011 at 10:25 am
  6. Jerry Vilt says:

    Please delete my previous replys (2,3,4,5,6). The following replaces them all.

    August 24th, 2011 at 11:44 am
  7. Jerry Vilt says:

    1. PREMISES:
    A living human being is a form/matter composite (born and unborn) consisting of an eternal human soul and a temporal human body.

    2. ABORTION:
    Killing the temporal body of an unborn human being.

    3. CONTRACEPTION:
    Killing both the creating of an eternal soul and the making of a temporal body both of an unborn human being.

    August 24th, 2011 at 11:50 am
  8. Jerry Vilt says:

    Abortion:

    In the beginning there is, in the end there is not.

    Contraception:

    In the beginning there is to be, in the end there is not.

    August 25th, 2011 at 1:47 am
  9. Jerry Vilt says:

    Abortion is against Creation.
    Contraception is against Creating.

    Abortion is opposed to Creation.
    Contraception is opposed to Creating.

    Abortion is the opposite of Creation.
    Contraception is the opposite of Creating.

    Abortion stops Creation.
    Contraception stops Creating.

    Abortion kills Creation.
    Contraception kills Creating.

    August 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am
  10. Jerry Vilt says:

    Medjugorje message of 8/25/11:

    Using only her words (caps. are mine)-

    "I have a PLAN (of which Satan wants to destroy) and MANY have responded, but there is an ENORMOUS number of those who do not want to hear or accept her call."

    September 10th, 2011 at 9:43 am
  11. Jerry Vilt says:

    at the end of above……her should be my.

    September 11th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
  12. Jerry Vilt says:

    Re: Contraception and Abortion,

    One's right to exist is NOT determined by one's neighbor(s) right or no right to allow (abstinence) or not allow (kill) one to exist.

    September 25th, 2011 at 9:06 am
  13. Jerry Vilt says:

    Re #10 above:

    "I don't know or care."

    vs.

    "I don't want to hear or accept."

    January 22nd, 2012 at 9:06 am
  14. Jerry Vilt says:

    Abortion is NOT "health care".
    Abortion IS "health destroy".

    Contraception is NOT "reproductive health".
    Contraception IS "reproductive illness".

    April 25th, 2012 at 10:57 am
  15. Jerry Vilt says:

    "The greatest good one can do to one's neighbor is to lead him to the truth."

    June 29th, 2012 at 1:51 am
  16. Jerry Vilt says:

    (replacing #13 above)

    Re #10 above:

    "One doesn't want to hear or accept."

    vs.

    "One doesn't know or care."

    vs.

    "One doesn't see or believe."

    vs.

    "ignore or ridicule"

    October 6th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

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