Charles and Babette Francis (letter)by Michael J. RyanNews Weekly
, February 6, 2010
A few months back (News Weekly
, September 5), you published an obituary for Charles Hugh Francis AM QC RFD, a very great Australian and one of Australia's most outstanding Catholic laymen.
Naturally, you refer to Charles's wife, Babette, how they met, where and when they married, and how long Babette has lived in Australia. You rightly restricted yourself to Charles's achievements and the causes for which he fought. Very properly, you made no mention of Babette's achievements.
Over five months have gone by since Charles's death and, thank God and thank you, Mr Editor, one still sees the Francis name in print regularly.
Babette and Charles thought as one; but, in waging their pro-life battles, they did not have to rely on each other. Babette is a most skilful organiser - as behoves the national co-ordinator of Endeavour Forum - and has spoken, written, and marshalled forces in the pro-life cause in Australia and overseas.
It is wonderful to read her articles on a range of vital issues recently, and to realise that the Francis voice has not been stilled.Michael J. Ryan,