Murdered Pro-Life Activist was a Catholic – Priest Extends Condolences

By John-Henry Westen

OWOSSO, Michigan, September 12, 2009 ( – Fr. John Fain, the pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso Michigan has expressed his sadness at the murder of his parishioner James Pouillon who he described as “a good Christian and a faithful Catholic.” In a message to, Fr. Fain said Pouillon “was deliberately targeted for his fervent pro-life beliefs.”

“This Friday, September 11, 2009, was a very tragic day for Owosso and for Shiawassee County, Michigan,” said the priest. “On behalf of St. Paul Church, Owosso, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss, the victims of today’s violent murders.”

Like many pro-lifers who decide to expose the reality of abortion with graphic images of the babies who were killed, Pouillon faced opposition even from within the Christian community. “While many in the Christian community in Owosso strongly disagreed with his approach, they admired his passion, zeal and determination to protect and preserve human life, at every stage, from conception to natural death,” said Fr. Fain.

The priest concluded: “Jim wished that many in the Catholic community, and indeed, in all of the Christian Churches, shared his unwavering views on abortion and dignity of human life.”