Priests for Life Asks Court to Wait Until After Inauguration for Action on #HHSMandate Case

December 1st, 2016

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Priests for Life, one of the first of scores of organizations and ministries to launch a federal challenge against the HHS Mandate, announced today that status reports were filed yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Both the government and the plaintiffs urged the court to delay any further action on the case for another ninety days, that is, until well after the Trump Administration has come into power.

Priests for Life, together with the Archdiocese of Washington and several other petitioners, have a consolidated case which the US Supreme Court considered in its last term and then sent back to the Court of Appeals, along with five other cases being considered by three other appellate courts. A total of 37 petitioners were heard by the Supreme Court in these cases.

“As far as the courts are concerned, this case is still not resolved. We have been doing what the Supreme Court asked, that is, engaging in conversations with the government regarding how this mandate needs to be changed to protect our religious freedom. The government also asked the public to weigh in with comments on the matter.

“But now, with the recent electoral victories for the pro-life side, we are confident that the Trump Administration will resolve this case by doing away with the HHS mandate, so that no citizen ever feels forced between following the law and following his/her faith,” Fr. Pavone explained.

In its status report, the government stated, “The Departments are evaluating the information submitted to determine whether changes to the current accommodation regulations should be made and, if so, to inform the nature of those changes.”

Meanwhile, the status update on behalf of Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese stated, “Plaintiffs-Appellants remain hopeful that the Government will modify its regulations in a way that will accommodate Plaintiffs-Appellants’ religious objections, thus resolving the case without further litigation.”

Fr. Pavone added, “The government has often told us that it does not understand our religious objections, despite the thorough explanations we have given them. But in the end, I have told them that their duty is not to understand our beliefs but rather to protect them.”

We commend to the prayers of all believers the swift resolution of this HHS mandate controversy and the full protection of everyone’s religious freedom. See prayers for this intention at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

To read the status updates and other information about the case, please see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone grateful for Pope Francis’s statement on abortion forgiveness

November 21st, 2016

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Date: November 21, 2016

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also Pastoral Director of the worldwide ministries of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, issued the following statement this morning:

“The announcement of Pope Francis that he is extending indefinitely the faculties of priests worldwide to absolve those who repent of the sin of abortion is something we at Priests for Life both expected and gratefully welcome.

“We are privileged to facilitate the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry about which Pope Francis has personally expressed to me his enthusiastic support and gratitude. Likewise, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life) is one of our projects which, through the power of testimony, invites people to take hold of God’s mercy after abortion.

“We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have abortions. Rather, we embrace them with mercy and forgiveness. We have ministered to people who have had as many as 25 abortions, and we see that it impacts the entire family: parents, grandparents, siblings, and beyond.

“We will continue to provide training for clergy and laity alike regarding the wounds abortion brings and how to lead people to healing.

“Those who are looking for opportunities for healing and reconciliation after abortion can go to our special website www.AbortionForgiveness.com.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Evangelist Alveda King with Post Election Prayers for the Holidays

November 18th, 2016
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“Stay on good terms with each other, held together by [Agape] love.” Hebrews 13:1 (MSG)

The 2016 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are at our doors. Yet, so many Americans are still reeling with post election shock. Several weeks ago, I realized that if God didn’t touch our hearts with healing, during the holidays many of us would have miserable times around the family and friend tables of America. So I rolled up my sleeves and got on my knees so to speak, and began to pray for America. Then I designed a holiday meme and began writing this message.

Somehow, America has elected a new president, Mr. Donald Trump. He needs our prayers, not our vitriol. The fussing and fuming is hurting our fragile relationships in our homes, our churches and in the marketplace. Throughout the 2016 debates and elections, many, including “yours truly” have reminded America that with prayer, we can do as my Uncle MLK often said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” My Uncle MLK, Daddy Rev. A. D. King and Grandfather Daddy King often taught from Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God made the human family to live together on the earth.” So we are not separate races, from womb to tomb, we are one blood, designed by our Creator to live together on the earth.

Honestly this has been a very difficult season for me; testing my faith and my love for God’s human family. From the onset of my publically acknowledged support for the 2016 candidacy of first Dr. Ben Carson and then Mr. Donald Trump, I have received so much angst that if it hadn’t been for God’s mercy and forgiveness in my heart, for myself and for my loved ones – friends, family, church members and others – I would have fallen into sin by either striking back at those who don’t agree with me or at least trying to defend my position.

Never mind that during the elections I wrote many blogs and participated in many interviews explaining that in accord with Proverbs 3: 5 and 1 Timothy 2:2 we Americans must trust God and not the human candidates to rescue America from this present state of disharmony. People still continued to flay each other with words, and in some cases as with the violent protesters, with physical acts of anger. Yet God continues to shine through our 2 Chronicles 7:14 prayers, and we must continue to pray and trust that even in the midst of the Book of Revelation Days, God has not abandoned us.

In closing; during this 2016 winter holiday season, let those of us who will, agree that for Thanksgiving, we will carve the turkey and not each other with our words. Then in repentance and Agape Love, for Christmas, let us celebrate the birth and Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Let Agape Love prevail.

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Fr. Pavone: “It’s Time to Act Like the Winners We Are”

November 11th, 2016

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Date: November 11, 2016

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Priests for Life building on Election Day Victories

NEW YORK — “We won!” stated Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in reference to the elections, and Priests for Life is wasting no time to start using the opportunity that this victory presents for the unborn children.

Starting on the day after Election Day, Fr. Pavone and the team of Priests for Life began mobilizing and organizing grassroots pro-life activists to build on the victories won in the elections.

“We were joined by hundreds of activists as well as national pro-life leaders from across the country on an evening webcast we convened on Wednesday, November 9th. We have also begun reaching out to our friends in Congress, to start the process of implementing the next steps in protecting the unborn and shutting down the abortion industry.

“In particular, we will start immediately with an action alert to all our followers, asking them to thank the House leadership and the members of the Select Panel in Infant Lives for their work, and to express our desire to see that work continue in the 115th Congress.

“The Select Panel was one of the most important aspects of the work of the 114th Congress,” said Fr. Pavone. “With subpoena power, this panel is beginning to shed light on the practice of late-term abortion in the United States, and on the other ways in which the abortion industry is corrupt. There is more to uncover, and we look forward to working with the members of the panel until the job is done.”

The issue of late-term abortion, which the American public strongly opposes, was raised in the Presidential campaign and the debates, as it became clear that in contrast to the Republican party, which declares that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed” (2016 platform) the Democratic party wants to do away with all regulations, no matter how reasonable, on abortion and has never seen an abortion it is willing to ban.

“The pro-life side won this election,” declared Fr. Pavone, “and now we intend to act like the winners we are. We are going to build on the momentum we have. The same wonderful grassroots people who helped win this election are now going to stay together, stay active, and actually implement the protection of the unborn that motivated us to vote in the first place. We’ve lived through eight years of the Obama regime and its unmitigated support of abortion. Now it’s our turn, and we’re not going to lose this opportunity to advance the protection of the unborn.

“Moreover, we will challenge Democratic elected officials — who with very few exceptions follow their pro-abortion party line — to stop hiding the extremism of their position and to describe what they defend. The last thing that abortion supporters want to discuss is abortion; they are afraid to tell the American people that the abortion procedure is dismemberment and decapitation. They don’t talk about the arms and legs being twisted off the bodies, or the skulls being removed in fragments. If they think abortion is such a great thing for America, they should at least have the honesty to tell people what it is. We certainly will, both with words and pictures and videos. As we begin to reverse the pro-abortion Democratic policies, we will continue to press this challenge: Describe what you defend,” promised Fr. Pavone.

In addition to working with Congress, Fr. Pavone and Executive Director Janet Morana continue, in their capacity as private citizens, to communicate with their colleagues alongside whom they served as members of the Pro-life Coalition and also the Catholic Advisory Group of the Trump Campaign.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Responding to Election Results, Evangelist Alveda King asks: “What’s Next?”

November 9th, 2016

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Staten Island, New York – “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1

Amidst shouts of “we did it” in the victory of Mr. Donald Trump and others elected last night; and for some tears of frustration that some not so favorite candidates won and their favorites lost in the presidential, senate, house and gubernatorial bids, there is a voice calling from Heaven’s courts: “Come together in Agape Love for as the “One Blood” of Acts 17:26.”

“Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice and the nations with fairness.” Psalm 97

Let’s remember that God has the final say in who ascends to seats of power and who does not. God has decided the outcome. “We the People” have voted in 2016, advancing a shift for the sanctity of life, family and community. The election is over. Now what?

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities; for all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.” Romans 13:1-2

For “in spirit and in truth” Christians what happens moving ahead is our focus. Yesterday is now history.

At the turn of the century, America faced a crossroads. What would the new millennium bring to us? In many ways, for the first decade and subsequent years, until yesterday, America was embroiled in civil unrest. Infractions on moral values were strained past a point of endurance. Economic upheaval threatened to topple our economy. Racial tensions mounted. War loomed over our nation, threatening our very existence. That too is now history. Right now today, it is time to appeal to God for the healing of our nation. Men and women in leadership and all of the people in this nation and around the world do not have the power to accomplish this feat alone. Yet: “With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

The spiritual community must now keep praying, listening to and following, and obeying God. No matter what humans say, God has allowed Mr. Trump to rise thus far. What happens next is up to God.

“Don’t be misled [deceived] –you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest [reap] what you [sow] plant.” Galatians 6:7

Finally, we must always remember that no human can save America or the world. Only the God of John 3:16 can do that! More will be revealed in the days ahead. During this shift of power, please pray for a peaceful transition among the governing branches of America and the world. Please pray that the people of faith in the God of Heaven and Earth become more committed in prayer and obedience to God.

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Election 2016: Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

November 9th, 2016

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Today is a great day for America and the Church, and a debt of gratitude is owed to all who boldly spoke up, worked, and voted for pro-life candidates, starting with our new President-elect. I am grateful to all of you and our whole team for all the work of this long, contentious election cycle.

Our nation will now embark on a path to eliminate abortion and to foster the freedom of the Church. We will be able to advance such an agenda because of the pro-life majorities that now exist both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

In particular, this election victory means the end of the HHS mandate, against which Priests for Life was one of the first groups to launch a challenge in federal court. That challenge, joined by various dioceses and other groups, has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, and is still unresolved. Now, however, we see a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Priests for Life will continue to be at the forefront of the pro-life efforts both within and beyond the Church – and by “pro-life” we mean specifically working to end abortion and restore protection to children in the womb.

We at Priests for Life – and I personally – welcome all who want join us. We are an open book, and we renew the invitation which we have extended multiple times in the past to all clergy and laity, to come and visit us and learn more about what we do and how we do it.

For what we do, we face much opposition and even hostility. We are not concerned about any of the criticism that has been launched against us, whether from within or outside the Church. Such opposition is a way of life for those who actively work to end abortion. Opposition and criticism do not burden me or my team at all, because there is a far greater burden every single day our minds and hearts: the continued slaughter of thousands of children every day by abortion.

Added to that burden is the silence of so many laity and clergy, and countless faithful have had enough of that.

We have no dispute with anyone who wants to end abortion, but only with those – such as the majority of Democratic politicians – who want to hide it and allow it to continue. For many years, and right up to this Election Day, many of the attacks launched against me and my organization have been motivated by partisan politics, and in particular by Democratic supporters who know the damage our work does to their abortion agenda. We are proud to endure those attacks and, as has happened in this election, we will continue to be victorious.

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Prepare for Post-Election Impact

November 8th, 2016

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Uppermost in our hearts and prayers today should be the reality that America is in God’s hands. In a few hours we will know the outcome of this election.

Last week during the furor and fray of the election, while praying that division and damage would not permanently mar relationships between family members, church members, friends, co-workers and communities, I clearly “heard” these words: “Brace yourselves.” Prayerfully, as we continue to pray for the best we are preparing for the outcome, come what may.

As I write this report, I’m getting flashbacks from earth’s heroes, military captains and even starship commanders from many favorite films; all saying: “Prepare for impact!”

Now it’s almost as if I can hear my grandfather Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.’s sermon as he assured us during the 20th century Civil Rights Movement that God would be with us, even as we were “Coming in on Broken Pieces.”

“…Some on boards… some on broken pieces… So it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.” Acts 27:44 (KJV)

Let’s pray for America and brace ourselves, remembering to vote for life in all elections. Vote today if you haven’t voted yet. Be a voice and not an echo.

Finally, let’s be encouraged by the words of Apostle Paul as he was inspired by God’s Holy Spirit in Colossians 1:20-29 (MSG):

“… The broken and dislocated pieces of the universe … get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his [Jesus Christ's] death, his blood that poured down from the Cross… Don’t walk away from a gift like that! …Stay grounded… not …distracted or diverted… There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world – the kind of suffering Christ takes on… This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time… now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone… to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you; therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory… That is the substance of our Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less.”

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Father Pavone and Alveda King Urge Voters to Get to the Polls

November 8th, 2016

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NEW YORK — On the final day of what seemed like the longest and most acrimonious election season in history, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, urged voters to get themselves, and as many others as possible, to the polls for today’s election.

“Today we are voting on the direction our nation will take for the next generation,” said Father Pavone. “This election can go either way, and I urge every voter to use his or her vote to advance the culture of life, as our bishops have urged us.”

Father Pavone noted that exit polls can be interesting but are not necessarily accurate.

“No voter should be swayed one way or another by an exit poll suggesting their candidate will win or lose,” he said. “Democracy only works when we participate and are undeterred.”

Evangelist King noted that the lives of millions of unborn children both here and abroad are at stake.

“A pro-abortion candidate will immediately move to fund abortion overseas and will try to eliminate the law that keeps taxpayers from having to fund abortion,” she said. “Euthanasia proponents also will be empowered to spread their toxic ideology. But pro-lifers have a chance, at the polls, to protect Americans from the womb to the tomb.”

On behalf of the entire Priests for Life Pastoral Team, Father Pavone and Ms. King urged voters to “Be a voice, not an echo. Vote pro-life now. And join us today in praying for our nation at www.ElectionPrayer.com.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Majority of voters in online poll choose pro-life as most important issue

November 7th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fifty-two percent of voters who took part in a Priests for Life online poll last week said pro-life is a priority as they vote.

A total of 2,227 people responded to the poll, which asked them to identify – by an open question rather than multiple choice – the top issue that will influence their vote, and whether they intend to vote Democrat or Republican.

Of that total, 1,173, or 52.6 said the pro-life issue was their number one priority.

Other issues that were listed as priorities included traditional marriage and religious freedom.

More than 81 percent, or 1,818 people, said they intend to vote Republican.

“I think these results bode well for our country,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “In many past elections, polling conducted by the National Right to Life Committee has shown that a significant portion of the electorate takes the abortion issue as a major consideration in casting their vote, and that of those who do so, pro-life people outvote abortion supporters by a two to one margin. Our poll is not a scientific one (it is based simply on an email subscription list), but the findings are consistent.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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The Trauma of Pro-Life Advocates on the Front Lines

November 2nd, 2016

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Shockwaves recognizes pain, offers healing to pro-life activists

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion in November will focus on understanding and healing the wounds incurred by pro-life advocates when the children they try to save from abortion are killed despite their efforts.

Sidewalk counselors, pregnancy center workers and other pro-life advocates are on the front lines of the abortion battle. They save many lives by accompanying mothers and fathers facing unplanned pregnancies and praying and intervening with women and their unborn babies at abortion businesses.

Despite their best efforts they are often unable to prevent the child’s death. Being so closely associated with this loss can be a painful and even a traumatic experience. Trauma can have a cumulative effect over time, especially for those active for many years in this movement.

Pro-life advocates can experience some of the same symptoms common to those who experience other kinds of emotional trauma such as depression, anxiety, anger issues and sleep disturbance that can lead to burn-out and a withdrawal from pro life activism.

“The safe and healthy grieving process found in post-abortion recovery programs can be a great resource for those who have been impacted by this vicarious trauma in their pro life ministry” said Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and one of the architects of the Shockwaves initiative.

“Programs such as Rachel’s Vineyard and Forgiven and Set Free have experienced staff and volunteers who create an atmosphere to facilitate the grieving process for those impacted by abortion loss. As you progress through the healing process, and participate in the exercises and scripture meditations, the wounded heart and soul are opened up to God’s grace. The Lord can cleanse us of any anger, bitterness, despair, anxiety, and depression that can result from front line pro life ministry. “

“Pro-life advocates, in every type of pro-life work, are deeply aware of the thousands of lives lost each day in America despite their best efforts to save them. The Shockwaves initiative, and its November theme, helps us realize that we, too, have to grieve the loss of these children, and that this grieving, both on a personal and community level, has to be very deliberate and intentional,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and National Director of Priests for Life.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an international educational and pastoral effort, launched in January 2015 by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child is killed by abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

Silent No More co-founders Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, and Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, said the pro-life movement has been battered by recent court decisions and is facing the possibility that a pro-abortion candidate could be elected president.

“We know that this work can get discouraging, even heart-breaking,” Mrs. Forney said. “People in pro-life need to know this is normal and can be overcome.”

Mrs. Morana added: “Some life advocates have been in the trenches for 30 years or more, and the only way they can carry on is to give themselves a spiritual recharge. We want to make sure every pro-lifer knows where to find help.”

To learn more about Shockwaves, go to www.AbortionShockwaves.com. To arrange media interviews with Silent No More leaders or pro-life activists, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com.

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life.

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