As Prince Departs the Planet, US Currency Plans a Facelift

April 22nd, 2016

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In the news this week, new faces for America’s currency are being highlighted and proposed as possible solutions to the not yet defeated nemesis of racism. Meanwhile, another “purple light” has gone out, with the death of Prince.

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Often nicknamed “Moses,” Ms. Tubman was a remarkable woman and a Christian female liberator. She guided slaves to freedom, worked alongside Susan B. Anthony in the Suffragette Movement, was a confidant of Frederick Douglass and played a role in the Civil War.

Connecting the 19th century freedom struggles to the 20th century battle for racial justice, recommendations have been made to include Martin Luther King, Jr., sometimes known as “The Black Moses,” of his day, on the five dollar bill in the near future as one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement. During his lifetime, Uncle ML fought for liberty, racial justice, righteousness, and dignity for all human beings, born and unborn.

Many people don’t know that during Liberator Tubman’s remarkable “Underground Railroad” journey, there were often pregnant women and families with little children on the journey to freedom. As a Christian, Tubman did not advocate abortion or infanticide; instead she developed creative methods to calm the children and indeed all of the escaping slaves as they braved the famous, historical Underground Railroad trek.

In continuation, The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a pivotal time in our nation’s history as it addressed the civil rights of so many people in our country and tackled the issues of gaining racial equality and ending segregation.

The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, of which many members of the “King Family Legacy” were a part, is now a historical landmark in the journey to true Jubilee.

Yes, we are making advances, yet we still have a long way to go towards achieving racial harmony and regard for the human personality.

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham jail.

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Speaking of human personalities, a bright “purple” light has left the planet.

Prince, the famous rock singer has left us. He is remembered for his music, and his legendary romance with “Vanity.” Denise Katrina Matthews, better known as “Vanity” was a Canadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model. She was a backup singer and dancer for Prince. Their love affair was legendary. Vanity left her performance career in 1994, after she overdosed on crack cocaine, and survived to become a Christian evangelist. I believe she continued to pray for Prince, even though they no longer had a professional career together.

Always on the cutting edge with his music, most notably “Purple Rain,” before his death, Prince and 3rd Eye Girl” recently covered a Christian song, “What If,” by Nicole Nordeman. The song embraces the closely-knit relationship between doubt and faith. Interestingly, Prince and Vanity had that in common, the struggle between fame and faith. Vanity died in February 2016. Prince died this week.

There are many instances where celebrities battle with fame and faith, some become Christians, some don’t. Ted Baher of www.movieguide.org advocates for promoting Christian values in media and entertainment. Read more here.

With all of the challenges in the world, many of which can be seen with the jumble of current events bombarding our senses, the major goal for seeking solutions to human problems must continue to be the conversion of the hearts of men and women. Only when we truly love our neighbors can we learn to live together as brothers and sisters.

From a spiritual perspective, even now in the 21st century, prayer remains a key in the march towards Freedom. Recently in DC at www.unitedcry2016.com, there were people of every walk of life praying for our nation to come together as one people and to embrace our differences instead of letting those differences divide us. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

During his lifetime my mentor, Pastor Allan McNair, often said, “America must repent from racism and defeat racism if we truly want God to bless us and make America great.” He also encouraged us to pray for spiritual transformation, rather than try to solve everything through political and money seeking efforts. During this current news and election cycle, prayer should be a major key in seeking solutions for America’s ills.

So, as we say goodbye to Prince, look for the new faces on our currency, and prepare to elect a new president of the United States, may we remain prayerful that God will truly “bless America” as we repent for our sins and pray for mercy and justice for all.

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Fr. Pavone Confident Panel on Infant Lives Will Uncover Violations of Federal Law on Sale of Baby Parts

April 20th, 2016

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Date: April 20, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today thanked the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for its work, as it holds another public hearing today to investigate the abortion industry’s gruesome practices.

“Former federal prosecutors will testify at today’s House hearing on the pricing of fetal tissue that there is probable cause to believe that abortion businesses have violated federal law,” stated Fr. Pavone. “We know that they have been violating the law for decades; the panel’s work will confirm this.”

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Norton will tell House Select Investigative Panel members that they should conduct “an aggressive investigation” into the pricing of aborted baby body parts for research. Former federal prosecutor Brian Lennon will state that “a competent, ethical federal prosecutor” could establish probable cause that violations of federal law have occurred in abortion clinics.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic members of this panel will be of no help in getting to the truth,” added Fr. Pavone. “Democratic leadership in the House is in bed with the abortion industry, is completely blind to its immoral and illegal activities, and in fact has criticized the work of this Select Panel from the outset. Despite their obstruction and opposition, however, I am confident that the Republican majority will get the job done.”

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 Salutes Mississippi for Protecting Unborn

April 15th, 2016

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Date: April 15, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement on the new law in Mississippi to protect unborn children from dismemberment abortion:

“Mississippi has taken a courageous and righteous step toward protecting children in the womb from the barbarity of a dismemberment abortion. Gov. Phil Bryant, state legislators and every resident of Mississippi have reason to be proud today.”

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: Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion

April 14th, 2016

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Date: April 13, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the Centers for Disease Control finding that the Zika virus definitively causes some babies to be born with microcephaly.

“Naturally the Zika virus is a cause for concern, and we call upon governments and medical professionals to continue to develop appropriate treatments and interventions. But in no way does this justify recourse to abortion. The child in the womb is a patient too, and killing one’s patient is never an appropriate response.”

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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UnitedCryDC16, AzusaNow Raise the Bar in New Jubilee Prayer Wave

April 14th, 2016

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The year 2016 is a mega “Bible Jubilee” year. The increasing number of prayer rallies, meetings and conference phone calls crying out to God in repentance and seeking revival, reconciliation and renewal are impacting every aspect of our lives.

The prayer segment for racial reconciliation led by The Reconciled Church in Washington, DC on April 9, 2016 was very impactful.

The two powerful 4/9/16 rallies raised the bar for the cultural transformation needed to bring about more waves of evangelism which will surely impact the battle for the culture of abundant life.

Please review the links below regarding a remarkable prayer weekend last week.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-repent-prayer-america-unitedcry-dc16-azusa-now-ronnie-floyd-anne-graham-lotz-161403/

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/reconciled-church-prayer-united-cry-2016.pdf

2016 Jubilee Prayer Mantle (Audio)

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Priests for Life Petitioners Comment on HHS Case

April 13th, 2016

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Date: April 13, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — The petitioners in Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the Supreme Court cases consolidated into Zubik vs. Burwell, commented today on the supplemental briefs submitted to the Supreme Court yesterday. Both the petitioners and the government were responding to questions posed in a March 29 order of the Court.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said: “From the beginning of this case, I have made it clear that I will not sign any forms that authorize our insurance company to cover these objectionable services in the health insurance we offer our employees. This case is not about the actions of third-parties. What the insurance company or the government will do without any authorization or involvement from us is one thing; what they try to force us to do is quite another.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time director of Civil Rights for the Unborn (the African-American outreach of Priests for Life), said, “Women’s reproductive issues are very complex. Forcing us to provide contraception will never resolve a woman’s deepest issues. There once was a woman with an issue of blood and Christ became her healer. May the church rise up and serve our women or else the government will continue to destroy our greatest blessings.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “The Court has asked us the right question. They asked us to draw the line, as believers, between behavior that is acceptable and behavior that is unacceptable to our faith. We have done so. Now it remains for the Court to rule to protect our freedom to live that faith by being able to choose freely what kind of insurance coverage we offer to our employees.”

Priests for Life, the largest Catholic organization focused on ending abortion, was the first of the 37 petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court.

The petitioners’ brief is here. The government’s brief is here. The Court order requesting the briefs is here.

Priests for Life is conducting a nationwide prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com for a favorable outcome in this case. For more information about the case, 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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Priests for Life tells Court: Yes, there is a Less Restrictive Means

April 11th, 2016

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Date: April 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, whose case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, is one of the seven consolidated cases at the Supreme Court in Zubik vs. Burwell, stated today that he has responded to the question that the Supreme Court presented to the petitioners recently, trying to find a way to satisfy their religious objections to the HHS mandate.

In an unusual move, the Court asked petitioners recently for more documentation that might map out the way to a solution to the present controversy. On the one hand, the government wants the employees of Priests for Life and the other organizations to have insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. On the other hand, Priests for Life and the other groups want no part of providing it.

“By asking us to describe how things should be different than what the mandate currently requires, the Court is showing that it recognizes that the believer is the only one qualified to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. As the Supreme Court already said in Hobby Lobby and other cases, it is never the role of the government or the Court to substitute its own judgment for that of the believer.

“Also, the fact that the Court is asking us to describe a better solution that would truly accommodate our religious beliefs indicates that it is looking for a ‘less restrictive’ means for the government to pursue its objectives. The existence of a ‘less restrictive’ means, which we believe we have identified in this new brief, leads us to victory in this case. It proves our point that the government hasn’t passed the test that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) requires,” Fr. Pavone explained.

The brief that has been prepared as a collaborative effort of all the petitioners and their attorneys will be filed with the Court tomorrow, simultaneous with a brief from the government on the same question. Then, later in the month, each side will be able to respond to one another’s briefs.

“The bottom line is this,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We have told the Court that we simply cannot take any actions whatsoever to authorize, facilitate, or in any way be part of the provision of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. This case is not about what others do; rather, it is about what we do. We cannot ever be the ‘gateway’ for the provision of these life-denying, life-destroying drugs. We have drawn that line clearly for the court. If the government or the insurance companies insist on pursuing the destructive path of abortion and contraception, they already have the means to do it without our involvement. Our message to the government is simple: leave us out of it, and stop forcing us to choose between following the law and following our faith. Every believer in America should be free to do both at the same time.”

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. Frank Pavone Re-elected President of National Pro-life Religious Council

April 11th, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a meeting last week of its board of directors, the National Pro-life Religious Council (NPRC), by a unanimous vote, re-elected Fr. Frank Pavone President of this inter-denominational organization that seeks to end abortion and equip the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Life.

“Thank you for your ongoing trust; it is a privilege to serve the organization in this way,” Fr. Frank said to the board members. The other officers of the organization were also re-elected to serve another term, and they are Rev. Kirk van der Swaagh, Vice President; Rev. Dennis DiMauro, Secretary, and Mr. Ernie Ohlhoff, Treasurer.

Along with his role as National Director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank’s leadership of the NPRC enables him to serve even more effectively the interdenominational needs of the pro-life movement. “As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” (EV 91). In that same paragraph, he explains,

‘Service of the Gospel of life is thus an immense and complex task. This service increasingly appears as a valuable and fruitful area for positive cooperation with our brothers and sisters of other Churches and ecclesial communities, in accordance with the practical ecumenism which the Second Vatican Council authoritatively encouraged. It also appears as a providential area for dialogue and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will.’

“The NPRC has provided a key role in bearing witness to the historic, Biblical, Christian teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. This is a particularly urgent need, in light of the fact that some denominations have abandoned that teaching by asserting that some child-killing is morally justified, and the fact that some groups have even been formed to explicitly present abortion as an act consistent with Scripture and to have liturgies that ask God’s blessing upon that action. In reality, however, there is only one proper Christian response to our brothers and sisters still in the womb, and that is to welcome and protect them; there is, moreover, only one proper Christian response to their parents, and that is to take their hands and provide for them life-giving alternatives to abortion,” concluded Fr. Frank.

Fr. Frank was also re-elected unanimously by the Priests for Life board at its most recent meeting to continue his role as National Director. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused on ending abortion.

More information on the National Pro-life Religious Council can be found at www.NPRCouncil.org, and on Priests for Life at www.PriestsForLife.org.

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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Priests for Life Welcomes Papal Document

April 8th, 2016

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Date: April 8, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life welcome the document issued today by Pope Francis called “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), which summarizes his teaching following the two worldwide synods of bishops held in the last two years on the topic of the family.

“We encourage all the clergy and laity to carefully read, study, discuss and apply this document, which repeats the Church’s teaching on life, marriage and family, and urges all of us to encourage one another with compassion and care as we strive to live that teaching.

“In regard to our own ministry in defense of the unborn, we thank the Holy Father for the beautiful words of this document about pregnancy and motherhood, in particular the following passage:

“Every child growing within the mother’s womb is part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer1:5).

“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances.” (n. 168)

“He states in section 83, ‘Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the
family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life
is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s
womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the property of another human being’

“The Holy Father also encourages adoption, stating, ‘Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none.’ (N. 179)

Finally, since our director of African-American Outreach is Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., we were happy to see Dr. King quoted in this document, in the section where the Pope encourages a love that faces up to all difficulties. Part of the quote from Dr. King reads, ‘And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls ‘the image of God’, you begin to love him in spite of [everything]. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there.’ (N. 118)

Priests for Life will continue to reflect and teach on this document in the days and months to come.

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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Donald Trump and the Pro-life Movement: It’s an Open Door

April 7th, 2016

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Date: April 7, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“Yesterday, a number of media outlets reported a story incorrectly regarding the relationship of Donald Trump to the pro-life movement, and I would like to correct the record.

Neither Mr. Trump nor anyone associated with him or his campaign canceled a meeting or phone call with pro-life leaders, nor did they break any commitment, promise, appointment, or expectation.

“In my role as National Director of Priests for Life, I arrange various events and conversations, some public and some confidential, between candidates and various leaders, groups, and activists in the pro-life movement. Moreover, we provide, in a non-partisan way, advice and information on abortion to any candidate or campaign seeking such advice or information.

“In that context, we consider the door to be fully open to Mr. Trump and his campaign, and he has a standing invitation to dialogue, both on the record and off the record, with the leaders of the pro-life movement. Such communication and dialogue are essential with anyone who is running for the highest office in the land, on a topic of the highest moral significance. But I cannot comment on arrangements that have been made or are being made when those arrangements or events are confidential. I stress again, however, that no commitments have been broken, nor has Mr. Trump or his campaign given me any indication of a lack of interest.

“Much has been made of his recent comments about who should be punished for abortion. As for punishing the woman, those who have had abortions are already in prison. As the Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, by which those who have had abortions speak out about their experiences, I know this very well. We don’t aim to imprison them, we aim to liberate them from the shame and guilt and wounds abortion brings. The punishment should be for the abortionist, not the baby’s mom. I have not spoken to Mr. Trump about this, but do look forward to doing so, and I am confident that he will listen to the voices and testimonies of women who suffer from abortion.

“But Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also made comments recently on abortion, including in a Town Hall on Fox News with Bret Baier. Sanders could name no circumstance, and Hillary hardly any, in which they thought it would be OK to make a single abortion illegal. That position is out of step with the American people. And neither of them has corrected or edited those comments.

“Those who — mistakenly — think there should be a punishment for the women are much easier to bring to the right position than those who take the even more outrageous, offensive, and disastrous position — like Sanders, Clinton, and the Democratic platform — that the dismemberment and decapitation of children should continue in a practically unlimited way. In the former position, there’s an acknowledgment that society has to do something about the massive holocaust of children. In the latter position, there is a blatant disregard for the most fundamental right, the right to life.

“Priests for Life continues to be ready to discuss an issue of such monumental importance with all the candidates and their campaigns.”

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