Archive for October, 2012

Father Scott Daniels makes TV debut tonight on “Defending Life”

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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Date: October 18, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Scott Daniels, O.P., a pastoral associate for Priests for Life, will have his television debut tonight as the new season of “Defending Life” kicks off on EWTN.

Father Daniels has been passionate about pro-life issues since his seminary days in the 1980s. Since 2009, when he was granted permission to work full-time as a priest associate with Priests for Life, he has been traveling across the country, leading pro-life parish weekends, teaching school children and speaking at pro-life events.

Tonight’s show will focus on ways to evaluate candidates for political office.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to co-host ‘Defending Life’ on EWTN,” Father Daniels said. “Television gives us a unique opportunity to go into people’s homes to tell the truth about the issues that really matter. With Election Day less than three weeks away, what matters now is choosing the right candidate.”

Mrs. Morana agreed.

“Voters must make sure they know how every candidate for every office feels about abortion,” she said. “The life issue is the most important at every level of government, because without the right to life, the rest of our rights are meaningless.”

The show can be seen on EWTN every Thursday at 11 p.m. and every Saturday at 2:30 a.m. It can be heard on EWTN Radio every Friday at 1 a.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 a.m. (All times Eastern). The series also will feature Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, as co-host, along with Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA, associate director.

For more information about “Defending Life, go to www.priestsforlife.org/defendinglife.

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 Facts About Abortion

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Article By Marcella Franseen

Abortion is a lie from its beginning to its end and at every place in-between. There have been over 55 million abortions done in the United States since Roe vs. Wade. Over 55 million lives lost to a lie. I would like to give an overview of three of the most powerful lies of the abortion industry.

Lie #1: Unborn babies are not full human beings

Is the unborn a human being? This is one of those questions that should be simple, but has been made complicated by the pro-abortion agenda. Whenever the culture wants to relegate a group of people to property the first question asked is, “Are these people fully human?”

The reason we ask this question is because we generally believe all human beings have the right to life and freedom. Our nation is founded on this belief:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.- Declaration of Independence

If the people we want to possess as property can be proven to be fully human then they hold what we recognize as the natural God-given rights of all humans, that of life and freedom. If their humanity can be denied, their rights to life and freedom can be denied and it becomes easy to relegate them to property.

Slaves and aborted babies unite

A recognized example of this is American slavery where African-Americans were denied their personhood because of the color of their skin and made property to be bought, sold, worked, used, and abused.

African-Americans did not have a legal leg to stand on for protection because they were judged by the law to be less than human.

We now look back at that time in American history as an injustice. We wonder how the slave traders and plantation owners were unable to see the full humanity in the African-American standing in front of them.

We shake our heads in disgust that something like a person’s skin color could be used to deny their God-given rights. And as we cast our judgment on the people of that time, does that same judgment not return on our culture unable to see the humanity of the unborn?

It baffles me we argue life does not begin at conception. When does anything start? At the beginning. Why would life not start at the beginning? Why would it start somewhere in the middle or down the road?

On the contrary, conception is the precise moment human life begins and is humanity’s common ground. Whether black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, or any other people group, we all begin the same way: the uniting of a sperm and egg.

Ultrasound and technology have made it possible for us to get a good picture of how a person begins life and develops. Life truly is a beautiful miracle!

From conception to birth

We now understand every time a sperm and ovum unite during fertilization a new and unique human being is created. All the DNA that will direct this new person’s continued growth and development throughout life is contained in that one cell.

A baby’s heart begins to beat as early as the 20th day after conception. As early as 7 weeks the baby is kicking, moving, and can suck its thumb. Evidence shows that as early as 8 weeks babies can feel pain.

At 12 weeks a baby’s taste buds . . .

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Why It Matters That Your Doctors Are Pro-Life

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Attorney Linsey Sowinski of Coeur d’Alane, Idaho, was 32 years old and a newlywed when she and her husband, Scott, found out Linsey had B-cell lymphoma. She wanted to live, and she wanted her baby to live as well. Her doctors waited until after her first trimester to begin chemo, conscious of the fact that the baby was receiving the powerful drugs as well. When she was 37 weeks pregnant, doctors induced labor and Lena was born. Right after the birth, Linsey began radiation. Lena was hospitalized at one month old with an infection likely caused by an immune system weakened by chemo drugs. But today she is a healthy five-month-old, right where she’s supposed to be developmentally. Linsey is on the road to remission.

Linsey’s story, which was featured on the Today Show this morning, highlights the importance of finding doctors who don’t immediately leap to the abortion conclusion when presented with any kind of obstacle during a pregnancy. A pro-abort doctor might well have scared Linsey with a terrible prognosis of her own chances, and reassured her that she could “try again” once she was well. But she wouldn’t have had Lena, and she would have carried the burden of knowing her survival came at the cost of her daughter’s life.

A common argument as to why we need to have legal abortion in this country is to protect the lives of mothers at risk. But that argument grows weaker every day, when courageous couples like Linsey and her husband Scott, and doctors who can see beyond their own malpractice risk, show us there is another way.

Choosing life is always the right choice, even when it’s hard, even when it’s scary, even when the outcome is unclear.

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Students Pledge to Lose Their Voices for the Unborn

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Date: October 15, 2012

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Walking to class with red tape across her lips last year, college student Betsy Joy was approached by a fellow student who asked what she was doing. She gave him literature describing her participation in the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. He confided to her that his girlfriend had recently had an abortion.

“I told him where he could go to find healing,” said Ms. Joy, a resident of Lansing, Mich. “It was a very powerful experience.”

Tomorrow, young people across the country, in more than 1,000 schools and ministries, will take part in this year’s Day of Silent Solidarity, which was founded in 2004 by Bryan Kemper, the founder of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life.

“Sometimes silence is the most powerful statement,” said Kemper. “As pro-lifers, we try to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, but once a year, we join our silence to their silent suffering. It’s not too late to join us.”

For more information about the event, or to sign up, go to www.silentday.org.

The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life, and is co-sponsored by LifeNews.com, Students for Life of America and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, challenged people of all ages to get involved with the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity:
“Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice,’” he asked. “Can you do it for the least of our brothers and sisters?”

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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Dear Jesse: Babies R Somebody 2

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Recently my good friend Walter H. Hoye, III wrote in his weekly column, Conflict of Interest an article entitled Personhood: I Am Somebody inspired by the poem written in the 1950s by Rev. William Holmes Borders, Sr. Hoye writes how a then pro-life Jesse Jackson recited his own version of the poem on Sesame Street. Jesse said in his poem that it doesn’t matter how small or what color you are, we are all “God’s Child”

I knew Rev. Borders and I’m sure he would agree that the babies are Somebody 2.

My Granddaddy King and Rev. Borders were contemporary pastors in Atlanta. Remember that Granddaddy King saved me from being aborted.

Here is the original poem by Rev. William Holmes Borders:

I am somebody–
I am a poet in Langston Hughes.
I am an author in Frank Yerby.
I am a creator of rhyme in Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
I am a Christian Statesman in J.R.E. Lee.
I am a diplomat in Ralph A Bunche.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am a soldier in Gen. B.O. Davis.
I am courage in Crispus Attucks and Dorie Miller.
I am a humorist in Eddie “Rochester” Anderson.
I am a television artist in Nat “King” Cole.
I am a concert singer in Leontine Price.
I am a renowned baritone in Robert McFerrin.
I am a great contralto in Marion Anderson.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am an athlete in Harrison Dillard and Ira Murchison.
I am a basketball star in Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
I am an intelligent pen in the hand of DuBois.
I am a college president in Mordecai Johnson.
I am a breaker of world records in Jesse Owens and Eddie Tolan.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am an orator in P. James Bryant and Howard Thurman.
I am a preacher in C.T. Walker and L.K. Williams.
I am a composer in Nathaniel Dett.
I am an actor in William Marshall, Frank Silvers, Sidney Portier, and James Edwards.
I am a boxer in Sugar Ray Robinson.
I am a knockout punch in Floyd Patterson.
I am a baseball player in Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron.
I am a home-run hitter in Larry Doby and Willie Mays.
I am a world famous pitcher in Don Newcombe and Satchel Paige.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am a scientist in George Washington Carver.
I am an industrial educator in Booker T. Washington.
I am a Congressman in William L. Dawson, Adam Clayton Powell, and Charles C. Diggs, Jr.
I am a skin specialist in Dr. Lawless, of Chicago, and teach what I know at Northwestern University.
I am a judge in Wade H. McCree and Elvin L. Davenport.
I am a music maker in Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.
I am a pathologist in Julian Lewis and serve on the University of Chicago faculty.
I am the first successful operator on the human heart in Daniel Hale Williams.
I am an entertainer in Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.

I am somebody–
I am an Assistant Secretary of Labor in J. Ernest Wilkins.
I am loyalty in the armed services.
I am insight in Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass.
I am an advocator of justice in Roy Wilkins and Thurgood Marshall.
I am a labor leader in A. Phillip Randolph.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am a molder of character in Nannie Burroughs.
I am a banker in R.R. Wright and L.D. Milton.
I am certified public accountant in Jesse Blayton and Richard Austin.
I am sculptor in Henry O. Tanner.
I am a businessman in Alonzo Herndon and Charles C.D Diggs, Sr.
I am a grand specimen of womanhood in Mary McLeod Bethune.
I am a publisher in John Sengstacke, Mrs. Robert L. Vann, and John H Johnson.

I am somebody–
I am somebody. I am an insurance executive in C.C. Spaulding.
I am a zoologist in Ernest E. Just.
I am a historian in Carter Woodson, J. Hope Franklin, and J.A. Rogers.
I am a lover of education in Charlotte Hawkins Brown.
I am a beautician in Madames Walker, Washington, and Malone.
I am a trustee in slavery. I protected my master’s wives and daughters while he fought to keep the chains of slavery about my body.

I am a bishop in W.A. Fountain and George Barber.
I am a ball of fire in Richard Allen.
I am a laborer in John Henry.
I am a true Christian, for indeed, I practiced the religion of Jesus at points better than my master from whom I learned it.
I am somebody.

Here is Jesse Jackson’s version:

“I am Somebody! I am Somebody!
I may be poor, But I am Somebody.
I may be young, But I am Somebody.
I may be on welfare, But I am Somebody.
I may be small, But I am Somebody.
I may have made mistakes, But I am Somebody.
My clothes are different, My face is different, My hair is different, But I am Somebody.
I am Black, Brown, or White. I speak a different language But I must be respected, protected, never rejected. I am God’s child!”

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Fr. Pavone to receive Henry Hyde Award from American Catholic Press

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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Date: October 12, 2012

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be honored with the 2012 Henry Hyde Award at the annual benefit dinner of the American Catholic Press (ACP). The dinner will take place Oct. 26 in Flossmoor, Ill.

The award named for the late chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a longtime advocate for the unborn, grew out of another award, the Gratiam Dei Award, bestowed annually by the ACP and awarded to Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde in 1998. Subsequent honorees included Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League and Norma McCorvey, the “Janet Roe” of the Roe vs. Wade decision. After Rep. Hyde’s death in 2007, the organization decided to dedicate a second award, in his name, to those who work tirelessly in the pro-life movement.

“The prestigious Henry Hyde Award will be presented to Father Frank Pavone, who has advocated the pro-life cause for many years,” said Father Michael Gilligan, executive director. “Father Frank is known nationwide through publications, articles, media, and public speaking. His non-profit organization, Priests for Life, is wholly dedicated to the pro-life cause.”

The Cleary Family of Chicago will be this year’s recipients of the Gratiam Dei Award for their decades of service to area schools and churches and their support of ACP.

American Catholic Press was incorporated in 1972 as a not-for-profit. Its publications include the Leaflet Missal, “Parish Liturgy” magazine, “Diocesan Dialogue” and numerous books, all aimed at promoting liturgical renewal of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. The annual benefit dinner helps to fund ACP’s ongoing commitment to provide Leaflet Missal prayerbooks to shut-ins.

“I am honored to be receiving this award named for a man whom I was privileged to know personally, and with whom I discussed the cause of life numerous times,” Father Pavone said. “Congressman Hyde inspired me and millions of others. He was not simply a politician, but a statesman, and embodied the kind of people we need to elect to public office.”

For information on the benefit, go to www.americancatholicpress.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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Videos: Abortion in the Black Community – Congressman Allen West’s Education Forum

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Congressman Allen West and many other black pro-life people and organizations spoke about abortion and its impact on the black population at the Congressional Russell Building. Speakers included: Dr. Day Gardner, President Black Prolife Union; Ryan Bomberger, Founder of the Radiance Foundation; Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fairpark Bible Church; Dr. Freda Bush, MD; Catherine Davis, President, The Restoration Project; Walter Hoye, President, Issues4LifeFoundation; Dean Nelson, Vice President, Underserved Outreach, Care Net and Alveda King, Pastoral associate with Priests for Life and founder of King for America.

Congressman Allen West, Catherine Davis and Pastor Stephen Broden lead off this video series of a public forum on abortion in Washington D.C. at the Russell Building.

Many other black pro-life people and organizations were present to speak about abortion and its impact on the black population. Speakers included: Dr. Day Gardner, President Black Prolife Union; Ryan Bomberger, Founder of the Radiance Foundation; Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fairpark Bible Church; Dr. Freda Bush, MD; Catherine Davis, President, The Restoration Project; Walter Hoye, President, Issues4LifeFoundation; Dean Nelson, Vice President, Underserved Outreach, Care Net and Alveda King, Pastoral associate with Priests for Life and founder of King for America.


Congressman Allen West, Catherine Davis and Pastor Stephen Broden are in this first video.


Dr. Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union at the Allen West event.


Dean Nelson at the Allen West Education Forum in Washington D.C.


Dr. Freda Bush MD, Walter Hoye President, Issues4LifeFoundation, Ryan Bomberger, Founder of the Radiance Foundation and Alveda King, Pastoral associate with Priests for Life and founder of King for America discuss the impact of abortion on the black population at the educational summit sponsored by Congressman Allen West.

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Priests for Life Welcomes Year of Faith; Urges Renewed Proclamation of Gospel of Life

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

As the Church begins her observance of the Year of Faith today, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced initiatives to take place this year that will highlight the integral connections between the faith and the commitment to the pro-life cause.

In a statement released today (see below), Fr. Pavone stated, “In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, 1995), Blessed John Paul II reminded us, ‘The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel’ (EV, 2). Therefore, as the Church calls her children to embrace and proclaim with new vigor and joy the Gospel of Christ, this is at the same time a call to witness to, and to build, a Culture of Life.”

The pastoral team of Priests for Life, which leads a worldwide family of interrelated ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, as well as the African-American outreach led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., will carry out a number of catechetical and other efforts to highlight the theme of the connection between faith and pro-life.

As part of the observance, Priests for Life will lead a pilgrimage to Rome from June 10-17, 2013 in order to take part in a celebration on June 16 with the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square focused on the sanctity of life. The event is among the official items on the calendar for the Year of Faith released by the Vatican.

In the Year of Faith, Believe and Proclaim the Gospel of Life

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today as the Church begins her celebration of the Year of Faith:

The worldwide family of Priests for Life (an international Association of the Faithful) welcomes the Year of Faith, which begins today, Thursday, October 11, 2012, the twentieth anniversary of the publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Priests for Life, like the whole Church, is irrevocably committed to proclaiming Jesus Christ as the hope, the Savior, and the life of the world.

In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, 1995), Blessed John Paul II reminded us, “The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (EV, 2).

Therefore, as the Church calls her children to embrace and proclaim with new vigor and joy the Gospel of Christ, this is at the same time a call to witness to, and to build, a Culture of Life.

This is why one of the official events that the Vatican has announced in the calendar for the Year of Faith will be a celebration with the Holy Father focused on the theme of the sanctity of life, to take place in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Given that fact, Priests for Life announces today that during the Year of Faith, we will implement a number of efforts to help the faithful — both clergy and laity — to understand and teach the integral connections between saying “Yes” to Christ and saying “Yes” to life.

In particular,

a) We will make available in new formats to the clergy and laity our reflections on the readings of the liturgy for each Sunday and how those readings connect with the theme of life. Such reflections are available in written form at www.priestsforlife.org/liturgy and in video form at www.YouTube.com/priestsforlife.

b) We will initiate a series of catechetical resources that show the integral connection between various aspects of our faith and the call to defend the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. This series will start with a new resource for the Advent-Christmas season called Christmas for the Unborn.

c) We will present special seminars and study days, through the travels of our pastoral team to parishes, seminaries, conferences and local communities, focusing on how the pro-life message and movement are integral to the new evangelization.

d) We will lead a national pilgrimage to Rome from June 10-17, 2013 in order to take part, with the Holy Father, in the special celebration for the Gospel of Life on Sunday, June 16. (See www.priestsforlife.org/pilgrimage for more details.)

e) We will conduct a multi-faceted media campaign, via radio, television, and internet, to highlight the ways in which embracing the faith means embracing life, with special focus on how the witness of the Gospel leads us to serve those who are pregnant and in need, and to bring healing to those wounded by abortion.

f) We will expand our educational efforts in the arena of political responsibility, especially in these first few weeks of the Year of Faith, showing how the witness of faith demands that we vote in a way that affirms rather than denies the Gospel.

g) We will renew our call to the faithful to see the pro-life movement as not simply a cause but as a spirituality, an aspect of discipleship, and therefore we will invite them to undertake our program of training in pro-life spirituality and to become Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. (See www.MissionariesoftheGospelofLife.org.)

The implementation of these initiatives would not be possible except for the dedication of our pastoral team, who lead our interrelated family of ministries: Fr. Denis Wilde, O.S.A, Associate Director; Fr. Victor Salomon, Director of Hispanic Outreach; fulltime associates Fr. Scott Daniels, O.P. and Fr. Walter Quinn, O.S.A.; Janet Morana, Executive Director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach; Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries; Kevin Burke; Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach; and Marie Smith, fulltime associate of our Gospel of Life Ministries and director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.

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October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Every time I see the pink ribbons, balloons, pink lemonade and everything else associated with the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I get sad because the link to breast cancer and abortions and contraceptives isn’t addressed in the campaign. I was invited to speak at a Breast Cancer Awareness event in Atlanta. I am so sorry that I was already booked for something else, because I really would have gone and passed out the ABC’s of breast cancer brochures and also “The Pill Kills.” I am so very glad that the Atlanta Archdiocese is stepping in and asking people not to support Komen because they still give money to Planned Parenthood. Please read the book PLANNED BULLYHOOD.

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Black leaders release new report, urging DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The National Black Prolife Coalition, has released a new report on the harmful impact of abortion. Visit the website for the latest on the report which was released on Capitol Hill. Click here National Black Prolife Colation

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