We at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good mourn the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar, who died on the morning of May 3rd. Congressman Oberstar played a crucial role in our organization's founding and early years of growth. He was a patriot and a statesman who served his constituents, his country and his Church with honor and distinction. While we mourn his loss, we give thanks to God for having known him. He exemplified what a public servant ought to be: someone deeply in touch with the needs and concerns of his fellow citizens and fully devoted to his nation’s posterity. May Congressman Oberstar rest in the peace of Christ.
Comments on Mr. Oberstar's Death by Dr. Stephen Schneck, President, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America
Jim Oberstar epitomized what a Catholic should be in public life – patriotic, caring, pro-union, champion of the poor, protector of the environment, brave warrior for social justice, and a passionate advocate for a “seamless garment” prolife ethic. Jim’s many years of public service amply testify to his conviction that politics and government must be ordained to the common good, and that the measure of that common good should be the life and dignity of our sisters and brothers most in need. I shall miss his conviction, his integrity, his humility, his compassion, and his wisdom. May angels welcome him into paradise.
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