Archive for May, 2012

Father Pavone hails news of 12 new lawsuits filed against HHS mandate

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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Date: May 21, 2012

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Staten Island, NY—Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, applauded the additional 12 lawsuits filed around the country today in protest of the Health and Human Services mandate forcing employers to provide coverage for activities they find objectionable.

The lawsuits represent 43 plaintiffs, including the Archdioceses of New York, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, the Michigan Catholic Conference, and several dioceses.

“These new actions mean there are now 23 lawsuits filed against this assault on religious freedom,’ said Father Pavone, whose organization was the fourth to file suit against the mandate. “Since Priests for Life launched its lawsuit in February, we have urged other organizations and dioceses to do the same. When there are multiple federal lawsuits on the same issue in different parts of the country, this can create the potential kind of conflict that the Supreme Court may be more likely to resolve.”

Besides suing Kathleen Sebelius and the HHS, Father Pavone and Priests for Life are helping organize rallies nationwide to stand up for religious freedom on Friday, June 8. The Priests for Life team is organizing the rally in New York City.

“The fact that the New York Archdiocese is now part of the legal assault on this mandate will, I am sure, create renewed interest and participation in our June 8 rally. We invite all to take part.”

More information on the rally can be obtained by emailing rally@priestsforlife.org.

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

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Fr. Pavone: Sebelius leading assault on religious freedom

Friday, May 18th, 2012

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Date: May 18, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s commencement address today at Georgetown University.

“It was outrageous when Notre Dame University awarded an honorary degree to President Obama during commencement exercises in 2009,” said Father Pavone, who was invited by pro-life students to lead an alternative graduation ceremony at the Indiana university. “Georgetown’s decision to invite Secretary Sebelius is just as bad. She is leading the assault on religious freedom that has grave implications for the Catholic Church. By inviting her to speak, Georgetown offers the image of a Church that is, at best divided and at worst hypocritical. What we need instead is a show of unity and resolve.”

Priests for Life in February filed the fourth of what are now 11 lawsuits against the Health and Human Services mandate that would require most faith-based employers to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization services and abortifacient drugs.

Father Pavone stated, “Not only do we urge the bishops to voice their objections regarding the Sebelius invitation just as they did over Notre Dame’s invitation of Obama, but we further urge the bishops to join in the legal action that we and others have taken against Sebelius and the HHS.”

For more information, see www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate.

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

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Father Frank Pavone on Passing of Father Norman Weslin: “Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain”

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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Date: May 17, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today after learning of the death of Father Norman Weslin, a pro-life activist and founder of the Lambs of Christ.

“Our loss is Heaven’s gain,” said Father Pavone, who worked closely with Father Weslin over the last three decades. “Father Weslin’s commitment to unborn children was so profound that he spent time behind bars on many occasions. He told me in 2001, while awaiting sentencing on a federal charge, that he wasn’t ashamed to be arrested because Jesus and the Apostles all went to jail. He believed that a priest’s place was not behind his people, lending encouragement, but out in front leading the way.”

Father Weslin served for 20 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he met and married his wife, Mary. They adopted two children and became active in the pro-life movement. When she was killed in an accident in 1980, he turned their home into a refuge for women facing unplanned pregnancy, and he joined the priesthood. He was ordained a missionary priest of the Oblates of Wisdom in 1986.

“We will miss his passion and his witness,” Father Pavone said. “But we are sure he is being welcomed with open arms by the unborn children he championed and fought so tirelessly to save.”

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

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After 40 years of Roe, Time to Wake Up, Pro-life Leader Says

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

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Date: May 16, 2012

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that pro-life leaders and groups are gearing up for the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which will be January 22, 2013.

“I can assure you that you will see an intensification of pro-life activity at every level, and a greater unity among the diverse pro-life organizations,” Father Pavone said. “Moreover, this anniversary – which will be observed both as we lead up to January, and also throughout 2013 — will be marked by a significant recruitment of pro-life activists across the nation.”

In the coming weeks, various initiatives and events to mark the 40th anniversary will be planned, and special opportunities announced.

“One of the significant preparations for this major commemoration will be a successful election season in November. By successful, I mean that people will elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Supporters of abortion have no place in public office, and it’s time to say so in the pulpits and in the voting booths,” Father Pavone stated. “At the end of this month, we have the first of three National Voter Registration Sundays designated for 2012 by the organizations that comprise the Vote Pro-life Coalition. Pentecost Sunday (May 27) reminds us of the new energy and courage that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles to go out and change the world. That same Spirit is among us today, and it’s time to respond.”

See www.PoliticalResponsibility.com. And coming soon for the 40th anniversary activities: www.RoevWade40.com.

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

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Prolife, Pro Family Films Gaining Momentum With New Doonby Frank Capra Award

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I told you about ‘Doonby’ back in February when I blogged a review of the movie. Since then I’ve watched an advance screening of the movie and I can say that this movie is target at a larger audience htan just the pro-lifers. Peter Mackenzie, director, recently emailed me to report that ‘Doonby’ had just won The Frank Capra Award in LA’s Life Fest Awards. As he puts it, “Of course, this isn’t the Oscars but a Capra Award sounds pretty cool to me and we are all delighted. Congratulations Peter!

To read the preview of ‘Doonby’ click HERE

Other pro-life and pro-family films out recently include October Baby, Courageous, Fireproof, The Way, and Bella. (all are great films)

And by the way, I know THE AVENGERS isn’t a prolife movie, but it sure is big fun. Captain America gives much glory to God in the movie. I’ve always been a Hulk sympathizer fan. All of the “heroes” are kool, though. The entire film is entertaining from beginning to end, and nothing family offensive in the mix.

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Dr. Alveda King and Dr. Day Gardner Marvel at Desperate Anti-Life Tactics as Father Pavone’s Stalker Confesses

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Congressional briefing reveals scorn for life; and Planned Parenthood’s glee over President Obama’s “change of heart” reveals he’s the most pro-abortion president ever.

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ATLANTA, May 11, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — “This week in review should definitely go down in history, as major anti-life tactics are being exposed,” says Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.

“There’s the guilty plea of Theodore Shulman, charged with advancing terroristic threats against PFL National Director Father Frank Pavone and other pro-life leaders.”

Fr. Pavone said: “Violence against me and other leaders is wrong for the same reason that violence against children in the womb is wrong. The NYPD, the FBI, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the Department of Justice have done an exemplary and professional (investigative) job.”

Fr. Pavone went on to say: “…Violence and threats of violence against pro-life activists are far more common, yet far less visible in the media, than violence and threats of violence against abortionists and abortion supporters. In fact, the latter have used a handful of violent acts by people disconnected from the pro-life movement to try to tar the reputation of the entire movement, and those tactics should have no more place in the public debate over abortion than should violence itself.”

Day Gardner, Founder of National Black Prolife Union discovered another source of ill will against prolife leaders at a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by Congresswoman Donna Edwards: “The agenda of the briefing was very clear, silence Black Prolife leaders, keep Black people in the dark about the eugenics policies behind the pro-abortion agenda. My attempts to ask questions and enter into dialogue with the conveners of the briefing were vigorously curtailed.”

“To round out this week of revelations, Planned Parenthood’s glee over President Obama’s heightened commitment to both abortion and homosexual marriage is astounding, though not surprising,” said Gardner, referring to a statement issued by PPH earlier this week commending the president for his support of same sex marriage.

“We shouldn’t be surprised that the nation’s biggest abortion provider is ecstatic over support for same sex marriage,” said Alveda King. According to PPH, abortion rights are on par with civil rights which in their minds, includes gay marriage.

Alveda concluded by saying: “Compassion says that two people of the same sex can live their lives together in peace; it’s a free country. Fairness says that those two people don’t have the right to completely restructure society in order to feel validated. I love all people, and want what’s fair for people, especially our children.”

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Fr. Frank Pavone Statement on Guilty Plea of Man Who Threatened Him and Other Pro-Life Leaders

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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Date: May 10, 2012

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Fr. Pavone/Robert George both threatened by Theodore Shulman

Amarillo, TX – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement upon learning of Theodore Shulman’s guilty plea to charges of threatening pro-life leaders.

“I was informed today that Theodore Shulman pleaded guilty to the charges of threatening pro-life leaders, myself included. I hope that his acceptance of personal responsibility for what he did, and his readiness to serve jail time for it, is for him the beginning of a road of conversion and repentance that will reach even to the point of renouncing his position in favor of legal abortion. Violence against me and other leaders is wrong for the same reason that violence against children in the womb is wrong. Both must be rejected.

“I’m grateful to the detectives and other law enforcement personnel who have worked with me and Priests for Life throughout this case to gather and track the threats that I have received. The NYPD, the FBI, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and the Department of Justice have done an exemplary and professional job.

“From the point of view of my work as a pro-life leader, I also take this opportunity to point out that violence and threats of violence against pro-life activists are far more common, yet far less visible in the media, than violence and threats of violence against abortionists and abortion supporters. In fact, the latter have used a handful of violent acts by people disconnected from the pro-life movement to try to tar the reputation of the entire movement, and those tactics should have no more place in the public debate over abortion than should violence itself.

“Civil debate is possible; people who disagree deeply on fundamental issues can still respect one another. My own friendship with abortion-rights pioneer Bill Baird, and the frequent pleas we have made together over the years for mutual respect among pro-life advocates and abortion-rights advocates demonstrate the path we can follow as a society. Ultimately, ‘respect for life’ means respect for the unborn and the born, for those who agree with us and those who don’t.

“Meanwhile, Mr. Shulman is in my prayers, and I extend to him my personal forgiveness.”

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

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Video: Christian students walk out on talk given by noted Homosexual columnist and Obama suppoter Dan Savage after he referred to the Bible as Bullshit

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I ran across this blog from Samuel Gonzales about Dan Savage and some remarks he said at a High School Journalism Convention. It got me to thinking and it prompted me to write these Notes on Slavery and Race

I applaud the students that had the courage to walk out of the talk. As for the other students that cheered and applauded Mr. Savage’s anti-Christian remarks, well, we’ll just have to pray for them.

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Original Blog at The Last Tradition

There’s one truism about Liberals, they really don’t take the Bible seriously and only pay lip service to it to keep people from thinking they’re undercover atheists. Then you have Libs like Dan Savage who have a deep contempt for people of faith as you’ll see in this video.

What’s really alarming is how many students stayed to listen and cheer to this contemptful speech against faith beliefs.

NewsBusters reports Dan Savage, the controversial sex advice columnist and noted anti-bullying activist, caused quite a commotion at a high school journalism convention in Seattle two weeks ago when he actually cursed at the youth audience as he spoke negatively about the Bible.

Citizen Link reported April 18 (video also follows with commentary, serious vulgarity warning):

A group of high school journalism students attending a conference called “Journalism on the Edge” in Seattle over the weekend felt they were pushed over the edge by syndicated sex advice columnist Dan Savage.

Savage, the creator of the two-year-old It Gets Better Project, which encourages teens struggling with same-sex attractions to embrace homosexuality, was invited to give a keynote address last Friday at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

Students were expecting him to talk about bullying. But they also got an earful about birth control, sex, and Savage’s opinions on the Bible.

A 17-year-old from California who was attending with half a dozen other students from her high school yearbook staff, was one of several students to walk out in the middle of Savage’s speech.

“The first thing he told the audience was, ‘I hope you’re all using birth control!’ ” she recalled. Then “he said there are people using the Bible as an excuse for gay bullying, because it says in Leviticus and Romans that being gay is wrong. Right after that, he said we can ignore all the ‘B.S.’ in the Bible.

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HOW I SPENT MY ALMOST SUMMER VACATION

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

“Oh Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8

Friends, last week we talked about the ant, and how I spent one morning considering the ant (referring to the scripture in Proverbs). Well, this week, I’m blessed to have a few days away from airplanes and hotel rooms (not that I’m complaining because that is part of my vocation), and can look out at the beach every morning, and hear the waves every night.The beauty of God’s handiwork is so awesome!

You may not know that I also enjoy cooking, and just some plain peace and quiet so that God can “speak to my heart.” Also, there are a few new books in the hopper, and this is the time to reflect and prepare for that.

By the way, the new National Black Prolife Coalition book, LIFE AT ALL COSTS is out. Please look for it at Xlibris, (several of my other books are there) for the ebook, paper back and hard cover. There will be a release and several book signings around Juneteenth.

Thanks for your prayers. You are in my prayers as well. Jesus is Lord, Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher. God is soooooo good.

Love and blessings, off to the beach for now! Wish you were here!

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Fr. Pavone Welcomes News of Latest Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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Date: May 8, 2012

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today about the latest lawsuit to be filed against the HHS contraception mandate.

“I congratulate Legatus for deciding to jump into the legal assault on the HHS Mandate. This brings the total to ten lawsuits, including that of Priests for Life. It is a strategic benefit to have various lawsuits in different parts of the country, so that more courts get involved in ruling on the issues involved, and creating the potential kind of conflict that the Supreme Court may be more likely to resolve.”

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

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