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Patricia Heaton, a Feminist for Life

posted by jmcgee

Everybody loved her on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” (which starred some guy from my parish in Forest Hills).

And now there’s even more reasons to admire and appreciate Patricia Heaton:

patricia_heaton_disney_ap_dan_steinberg.jpgActress Patricia Heaton is well-known for playing a harried-but-loving wife and mom who makes us laugh, previously as Debra Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and now as Frankie Heck on the ABC comedy “The Middle.” But it was a tragedy involving her own mother that shaped the Emmy Award winner’s life at an early age.

When Heaton was 12, her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. The resulting emotional and spiritual struggle lasted for years, but Heaton credits her Catholic upbringing with helping her achieve a level of acceptance and peace. On the Christopher Closeup radio show/podcast, she explained, “Many churches (say) if you’re a Christian, you really shouldn’t be suffering. In fact, suffering is a part of the walk, and I think that’s a very important torch the Catholics carry. You get made fun of for it a lot. The nuns always used to say, ‘Just offer it up.’ But it’s important because rain will come into your life and you need to be able to know that God is still there with you despite those problems.”

Knowing that God is with you through struggles is a personal belief of Heaton’s that has also found it’s way into her work, specifically through her role as a producer of the film Amazing Grace, which told the story of William Wilberforce’s efforts to end the slave trade in the British empire. She was introduced to the story by her husband who is British, and drawn to it because Wilberforce’s commitment to solving this social problem was propelled by his Christian faith.

Heaton said, “Probably the only thing that was able to keep him going was his faith because it literally took him forty years . . . And Wilberforce was sort of shunned from society . . . There’s a price to pay and I think that is one of the messages — you have to be willing to sacrifice everything to follow God and to follow what He’s called you to do.”

As one of Hollywood’s few outspoken pro-life activists, Heaton understands the courage and commitment it takes to voice an unpopular opinion. She has been on the front lines of the abortion debate in her role as honorary chair of the non-profit Feminists for Life (FFL). Yet for Heaton, the divisive issue doesn’t descend into the uncivil tone it sometimes takes in the media or on the internet. Part of that is due to the approach taken by Feminists for Life, which “is about being kind and supportive and helping people find a way when they feel that there is no way.”

Check out the rest — and a stunning picture of her — at this link.



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thoughtadventure

posted October 16, 2010 at 9:41 am


Patricia Heaton is a great gift. Thanks be to God for her courage and strength.



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White Oak Mom

posted October 16, 2010 at 10:09 am


What a fantastic role model for all young girls, especially Catholics.



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Michael Jace

posted October 16, 2010 at 1:11 pm


Being aware of the immense anti-religion tidal wave that exists in hollywood I applaud her conviction and her strength. And wish there were far more people of her integrity in hollywood.



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Dcn Scott

posted October 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm


She is beautiful inside and out. ‘Malcom in the Middle’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ are among my all-time favorite t.v. shows, along with ‘King of Queens,’ ‘All in the Family,’ and ‘Sanford and Son.’



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