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If “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”…Why do I Feel Like Such a Scrooge?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Guest Blog by Kevin Burke

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Christmas can be a magical time, especially when enjoying the season through the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, alongside the lights and festivities, the joy and wonder of this special time, many struggle with a sense of grief and loss.

Sometimes it’s not a pervasive gloom, but more a gnawing melancholy we can fight off by being consumed with all the busyness of the season. You may find yourself (or notice a friend or relative) drinking more than usual at holiday celebrations, dulling an aching pain you would rather avoid.

You don’t have to be an Ebenezer Scrooge to recognize that the expectations for an idealized Hallmark Card Christmas by the fireplace fail to match up to the complex realities, the uncertainty and fear that are part of many of our lives. If we can slow down the Holiday rush for a few minutes, we may discover something important in this great feast. Perhaps the deeper meaning of this Holiday does not require us to deny our grief and pain, but to come to see that this suffering is intimately connected to the Christmas story.

Much of the music and mythology of the holiday highlight an idealized and sanitized version of the Christmas story. But the accounts of the Annunciation and birth of Jesus in the Gospels reveal that God intimately enters human history with a man and woman who are struggling with confusion and fear… just like us.

We know the stories; we have heard them thousands of times. But focus in a special way on the initial response of Mary and Joseph as they learn of God’s invitation to embrace their very mysterious vocation:

The Angel Gabriel is well aware of Mary’s fear when his greets her.

“Do not be afraid Mary…”

And to Joseph:

“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”

Of course they were both confused and afraid. We think of the Christmas story in the context of cozy and warm family gatherings, with cookies baking in the oven. But in the real Christmas story, the lives of Mary and Joseph are in the process of being turned upside down! They will face even more anxiety, fear and uncertainty.

Joseph and Mary, and the life of their newborn child will be threatened with terror and death from a demonically inspired Herod. They face dangerous travel and exile from their hometowns for years to come. They surely were challenged in many ways that the stories do not recount. We know that while their faith in God would prove in time to be rock solid…no doubt that faith and trust in Him was forged in the fires of anxiety and fear. We can imagine that Joseph had other moments of doubt and confusion and would need to remember the Angel’s words of reassurance… “don’t be afraid, God is with you, keep moving ahead…trust in Him.”

Christmas Triggers

We are not so different than Jesus and Mary. Fear, anxiety and depression can at times be part of our own Christmas story…and like Scrooge we may face scary ghosts of Christmas past haunting our sleep as the clock tolls midnight.

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The focus on the Christ Child and the joy of children at Christmas may remind you (or someone you love) of an event in the past when you were overwhelmed with a fear and anxiety and tempted to see abortion as the only “choice.” We remember the loss of a son or daughter, grandchild, or a brother or sister who will never share in the wonder of the Holiday. This can be very much a conscious awareness. However for many this loss is frozen deep under the waters of denial. The Holiday themes trigger those feelings and memories of that lost child, which can be expressed in depression, melancholy and a hunger to remain distracted and busy in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Perhaps this was a child that you longed for in the recesses of your heart, but your partner insisted that abortion was the only rational solution. Like the Holy Family you felt powerless and afraid. You grieve that there was no Saint Joseph in your life to save the child from the modern day Herods of Planned Parenthood. Maybe you’re a man grieving that you failed to be more like Saint Joseph to that vulnerable woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Christmas can be a time when we are acutely aware of the loss of a beloved relative, remember joy-filled memories that have faded…or perhaps painful experiences of family dysfunction which are often magnified at the Holidays. We may be facing the anxiety of health concerns, economic and employment uncertainty, or the breakdown of a marriage.

The Cross Above the Manger

The presence of suffering, death, fear and anxiety need not be denied and suppressed in order to protect some sanitized, idealized Christmas season. If we can learn the intimate connection between the incarnation and birth of our Savior and his suffering on the cross, we may discover in our own suffering the true joy and hope of this holiday.

Fr. Bernhard Speringer shares:

The Gospels…indicate that the Cross above the Manger is more than a mere decoration…The birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Manger and the Cross, belong together indissolubly. God became man in order to die for us as man. God was born in Bethlehem in order to be able to lay down his life on Golgotha out of love for men! Thus the Manger and the Cross form a union. Both the Manger and the Cross are for us the revelation of God’s love.
When our lives are turned upside down by the tsunamis of upheaval and suffering that come unexpectedly and without warning, we can turn to a God that is intimately connected with the suffering of his people. We can come to a deeper understanding of that powerful and precious title of our savior and God born into the anxiety and violence faced by many poor families, and a baby Jesus who would end his life being tortured to death on a cross.

This child’s title is Emanuel – God with Us.

Loneliness and isolation in times of suffering and temptation can blind us to an essential truth of our faith; God is with us in our suffering…intimately present to us in Spirit and in the hearts of those who reach out to us in love.

During the Holidays give the gift to a friend or relative (or to yourself!) of providing an opportunity to share what it is truly on their heart and soul this Christmas season. Acknowledge that while this is a time of joy, you know that they may also be suffering from the loss of a loved one, financial anxieties, and if they have confided in you, a previous abortion. Allow them to share their feelings and memories. If they are in need of deeper healing of a loss like abortion, share with them the good news that this is a perfect time of year to bring this suffering to the Lord, and attend a program for spiritual and emotional healing after abortion in the New Year.

This is the Reason for the Season!

May we draw strength in the year ahead from the courage and faith of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary, though struggling with fear and anxiety, gave birth to the mission of their Son.

For those healed of abortion loss, like Scrooge on Christmas morning they learn that despair and death do not have the last word!

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They discover in recovery from this wound their own special mission. They respond to a calling to proclaim the truth of their abortion loss and the good news of healing to a Nation and world that desperately needs to hear their message in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Jesus has promised us that in time he will transform all our suffering, into the joy and hope of resurrection to eternal life.

When in the darkness and loneliness of suffering this can seem a very distant hope.

I pray that these words of Christ will fill you with peace and joy…that whatever you are facing, and will face in the days ahead, you can trust that He is indeed Emanuel and is close to you in your suffering, and will transform the darkest shadows of your life with the blinding light of His Glorious Resurrection:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Rev: 21

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Priests for Life Medical Adviser Takes Additional Steps Forward on Protocol for RU-486 Reversal

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Date: December 15, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that Dr. Matt Harrison, one of the physicians on the Medical Advisory Board of Priests for Life, has taken additional steps to equip medical professionals to save lives by reversing the effects of the abortion technique RU-486. This involves the deployment of an RU-486 reversal kit and increased publicity in the coming months.

When a 20-year-old woman walked into Dr. Harrison’s family practice in North Carolina in 2007 and asked if he could stop the chemical abortion process she had set in motion 36 hours earlier, the first thing he did was pray. Then he turned to his medical books and came up with an idea: Progesterone injections.

The first drug a woman ingests for a chemical abortion is mifepristone, progesterone counterfeit that tricks the body by filling the progesterone receptor with a key that will not turn the lock. Without progesterone, the placenta is starved and sloughs off, along with the baby, causing an abortion. The second drug, misoprostol, taken two days later, causes the baby to be expelled from the uterus.

Dr. Harrison hoped that by flooding Ashley’s system with progesterone, it would beat the RU-486 to the progesterone receptors and support the baby’s life.

Although the doctor had no idea if it would work, or what kind of side effects it might cause, Ashley was willing to take the risk for the sake of the baby she tried to abort only because her boyfriend was pressuring her to do so.

The progesterone injections worked and today Ashley’s daughter Kaylie is a happy and perfectly healthy 7-year-old.

Dr. Harrison said that after Father Pavone published a column on the reversal, “I started getting calls from all over, including other countries.” But because Dr. Harrison is a family practitioner, he doesn’t see that many OB-GYN patients.

But physicians who are part of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) began seeing more pregnant women seeking RU-486 reversals, leading Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Culture of Life Family Services in California, to develop a protocol similar to Dr. Harrison’s. When Dr. Mary Davenport contacted Dr. Harrison to send information on his reversal for a study she and Dr. Delgado hoped to publish, Dr. Harrison didn’t hesitate.

“We’re working together to try to promote this protocol to save lives,” he said. “We’re not interested in the credit.”

The study Dr. Davenport and Dr. Delgado published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy in December 2012 reported on six women treated with progesterone after mifepristone. Four of them had healthy babies, while two other babies could be saved.

Since then, 206 reversals have been attempted, with 65 healthy babies born and another 84 pregnancies continuing, Dr. Davenport said.

Dr. Harrison and Dr. Delgado speak about these successes in episodes in the current season of Defending Life, the worldwide EWTN program on abortion produced by Priests for Life. Dr. Harrison has also been on the series on previous years to spread this good news.

Drs. Davenport, Delgado and Harrison will be at an AAPLOG conference in February at Georgetown University to discuss the RU-486 reversal protocol and to unveil a new kit available to physicians.

“The kit will include everything that’s needed for a reversal, except the progesterone,” Dr. Harrison said.

In addition, the physicians, the reversal kit, Ashley and Kaylie all will take part in a press conference co-sponsored by Priests for Life Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More details will be released before the conference.

“The importance of this RU-486 abortion reversal protocol cannot be overstated,” said Father Pavone. “Chemical abortions now make up one-quarter of the estimated 800,000 abortions performed before nine weeks. At the abortion clinics, women are told there is nothing to do to save the baby once the chemical process has started, but it is absolutely clear now that is not the case.

“It’s easy to think it’s ‘too late!’ But where there’s life, there’s hope!”

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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Nobel Peace Then and Now…

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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May God bless the 2014 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both are to be commended for their fearless fight for the rights of children.

My Uncle, MLK received the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign for human justice. Uncle ML resisted injustice and sought solutions through Christian prayer and nonviolent protests.

Many today acknowledge injustice in the world’s judicial systems. In some cases, “the haves” guilty or not can buy their way out of some legal charges; whereas the “have nots” whether innocent or not can’t afford good lawyers.

The recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York have sparked protests adding fuel to the fire in these two cities along with many others throughout the United States.

A major difference between the protests of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement and these violent protests in many cities today is the shortage of fervent prayer.

Whereas Martin Luther King, Jr. respected the laws and law officers in his day while still disagreeing with the discrimination many of today’s protesters have no respect for police officers even to the point of putting a bounty on their heads. One video shows a woman passing by a camera and then returning just to scream, “F*** the police.”

What a far cry from the MLK Nobel Peace Prize speech:

“After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time—the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” MLK 1964

Through prayer and perseverance Uncle ML and the faithful were successful in getting Civil Rights Laws passed using nonviolent means. Today’s protesters are alienating many of their supporters because of the looting and arson.

Additionally, many protesters keep chanting Hands Up – Don’t Shoot, a phrase taken from what Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend, told police as he witnessed the incident between police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown.

This chant along with “no justice no peace” tends to inflame emotions rather than to promote a goal of peaceful nonviolent conflict resolution. Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” I believe that my Daddy, AD King, Granddaddy King and Uncle ML, all followers of Christ, left us good examples of walking in faith, hope, peace and love. I write about their examples in my book KING RULES. There are some other mantras in the “tweet” chapter.

Now some useful mantras are: Know Peace – Know Justice, Pants Up – Don’t Loot and Hands Up – Don’t Abort. Why bring abortion into the equation? Well, along with Black on Black crime and questionable deaths by law enforcement, Blacks are dying by abortion at alarming rates.

The injustice of abortion is killing over 1,300 black babies every single day. Now the question should be: Millions of babies are dying. Where is the outcry? Where are their lawyers? Where is the justice?

Like Uncle ML during his lifetime, the 2014 Nobel Laureates are advocates for children. Let us now pray for peace on earth, for life, for children, for family, our nation and the world. For Christmas, for our families. For Christ.

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Fr. Pavone: In Handcuffs Is Where Abortionists Belong

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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Date: December 9, 2014

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A millionaire abortionist in Oklahoma was removed from his office in handcuffs today.

Dr. Nareshkumar Patel, 62, who kills unborn children at Outpatient Services for Women in Oklahoma City, has been arrested and accused of prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant, according to a press release from the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Authorities began an investigation after Operation Rescue filed a complaint based on documents and medical waste that had been discarded in a trash receptacle near Patel’s office.

Patel is notorious for having burned the bodies of 55 babies in 1992 in an abandoned RV he owned and for allegations that he sexually assaulted three women as they awaited their abortions. He has faced a long list of malpractice claims but has never had his license permanently revoked.

Commenting on Patel’s arrest, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, noted his organization’s close collaboration with Operation Rescue and said, “Those who kill babies do a lot of other evil as well. Working with Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics, and in our own initiatives at Priests for Life, we have found that the more you dig, the more you find.”

“Exposing the corruption of the abortion industry can lead to closing abortion mills and putting abortionists out of business, without needing to change a single law,” Father Pavone added.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said “We are very excited about this morning’s arrest. This is the result of a collaborative effort that involved gritty pro-life work, active enforcement of state laws.”

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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As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece, I Agree: Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

141202 blog imageThe recent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri has launched a swarm of protests across the nation, declaring with signs and social media hashtags that #BlackLivesMatter. The tragic death of Michael Brown reminds us how many young men like him die far before their time. Ironically, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—was one of the many accounts that tweeted the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, despite being responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100,000 black babies every year.

In reality, the cheapening of black lives does not begin in the teenage years. Even a century and a half after slavery and two generations after Jim Crow, black children are twice as likely as white children to be physically, emotionally or sexually abused. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white infants, and unborn black babies are five times as likely as white babies to be killed by abortion.

In cities like New York, black abortions now outnumber live births two to one. The catchall explanation for these shocking numbers is poverty. Black women are more likely to be unmarried and poor, and so we are told that abortion frees them from children they cannot afford to raise. This reasoning ignores the simple fact that out-of-wedlock births were far less common in the black community before Roe v. Wade made it illegal to restrict abortion at any stage of pregnancy. In short, blacks had far fewer babies out of wedlock before abortion became widely available. Why is this?

The reason is very simple. While the availability of free or heavily subsidized birth control, disease screening and abortion has increased exponentially over the past several decades, black behavior has changed for the worse. Although we are no longer legally second class citizens, far too many journalists, sociologists and even health professionals discuss our fertility and sexual behavior as if we are incapable of healthy choices and basic self-control. Clinics like those run by Planned Parenthood do not teach young women how to protect their bodies from abuse and disease. Instead, they promise to shield them from the consequences of their decisions, no matter how unhealthy or irresponsible.

Ten thousand free clinics cannot stem the tide of STD’s and abortions that inevitably accompany a deficit of self-respect. Despite making up just 12 percent of the population, according to the CDC blacks account for 47 percent of the new HIV diagnoses and nearly 70 percent of the new gonorrhea cases. The black rates of syphilis and chlamydia infection are ten times the rates among whites. All this despite hundreds of millions of federal dollars dedicated to disease screening and prevention.

And when black women seek medical care for unplanned pregnancies, they are overwhelmingly urged to abort. Whether they are teenagers, college students or young professionals, they are told that a baby will disrupt their education, spoil their career plans, and ruin their lives. Even married black women are five times as likely to abort as married white women. All this advice is based on the assumption that black babies are not worth what it costs to feed and clothe them, and that none of the millions of infertile couples would want them.

Online for Life and Priests for Life believe that babies of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds and family situations are valuable and have something special to offer our world that no one else does. We are committed to using cutting edge technology to reach and serve women facing unplanned pregnancies so that all babies will be welcomed into loving, stable homes.

Black lives DO matter, but if we are to teach our nation to value black life, we must start by valuing our own lives enough to make responsible, healthy decisions, and teaching our young people to do the same. If we want the rest of the world to value our children, we must value them first, beginning in the womb.

Martin Luther King, Jr. warned us, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety.” Is there a more shameless way to sell the future of our children than to deny them birth? The annual March for Life will be held on January 22, just three days after our nation celebrates Dr. King’s birthday. Join us as we march for black life and the future of all children in 2015.

Dean Nelson, Online for Life, and I co-authored this article.

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Ruling on HHS Mandate: “As Contrary to Religious Freedom as You Can Get

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Date: November 14, 2014

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today to the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which ruled against Priests for Life’s challenge to the HHS mandate in the case Priests for Life et al. vs. US Dept. of HHS et al.

“As we have said from the beginning, Priests for Life will not obey the HHS mandate. To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get.

In the interim, the government has provided what it calls an ‘accommodation’ by which we opt-out of the obligation to provide such coverage. In principle, of course, this moves in the right direction. The conscience of every American should be accommodated by law, so that government never forces anyone to violate his or her conscience.

But the problem at issue in our case — in which the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic University of America, Thomas Aquinas College, and other plaintiffs are also joined — is that the mechanism the government has provided for us to opt out is, in itself, objectionable to our religious and moral convictions. We have been pointing this out from the outset of this case.

If the government is sincere in wanting to enable us to opt out of something because it violates our moral conscience, it is reasonable for us to insist that we be given a way to opt out that does not itself violate our moral conscience. And whether it violates our conscience is for us to say, not the government.

Today’s decision states that our moral objection to the government’s current ‘opt-out’ mechanism is not their problem.

The decision mischaracterizes our objections. It says, “What Plaintiffs object to here are “the government’s independent actions in mandating contraceptive coverage, not to any action that the government has required [Plaintiffs] themselves to take.”’ That is not correct. What we object to are the actions the government is asking us to take. The decision later acknowledges that, but dismisses our objection as not being weighty enough.

What it boils down to is this: the government finds it hard to believe that we are objecting precisely to an action that lets us opt out of its plan to make it easier for our employees to get contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

But the court’s own words today show why we object. The following two paragraphs from the decision capture why we continue to object and why we will not obey the regulations:

“Once the eligible organization expresses its desire to have no involvement in the practice to which it objects, the government ensures that a separation is effectuated and arranges for other entities to step in and fill the gap as required to serve the legislatively mandated regime.”

“Only if the eligible organizations communicate that they are dropping contraceptive coverage from the health insurance they have arranged for their employees will the government be able to ensure that the resultant gaps in employees’ coverage are otherwise filled. The government contends that its interests would be impaired if eligible organizations were entitled to exempt themselves from the contraceptive coverage requirement without notifying either HHS, or their insurers or TPAs.”

That’s the point. We refuse to take actions that are necessary to help the government “fill the gap” to provide drugs that kill babies and harm women. This decision admits that the action they are asking us to take does precisely that and is in fact necessary for that to happen. Therefore we will continue to refuse to obey the regulations, and we will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.”

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and a personal plaintiff in the case added, “This decision praises the so-called benefits of contraception as if its well-documented negative health risks did not exist. Our objection to be any part of the government’s plan to make contraception more easily accessible is grounded not only in our respect for conscience and religion, but precisely in our regard for women and their health. The Pill, IUDs and sterilization devices like Essure are harming women every day.”

Alveda King, daughter of Rev. A.D. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and also a personal plaintiff in the case, added, “In the interests of civil rights, which include the right of conscience to practice one’s faith regardless of how the government wants to define it, we will continue to pursue this case at the level of the Supreme Court. If my Uncle ML were still around, I have no doubt that he would be fully supportive of our efforts to secure freedom for every American to have his or her conscience free from government intrusion or reinterpretation.”

Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in this case, stated, “This decision by the D.C. Circuit, a court that was recently packed by Obama through Harry Reid’s nuclear option, totally disregards the meaning of material cooperation as our Church teaches it. No doubt, contraception is a sacrament of the secular left, and this decision, which was authored by one of the recent Obama-appointed judges, is a tribute to it. Make no mistake, this battle is not over. We will continue our fight for religious freedom by challenging this decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

For more information on this case, on Priests for Life’s response, and what you can do, see 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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Make Plans Now to Attend Nation’s Premiere Pro-Life Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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National Memorial for the Preborn is on morning of March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The best way to begin the March for Life is with prayer, and for the last 20 years, the best place to pray has been at the National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, an interfaith service of worship, preaching and song sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and other religious groups.

The 2015 National Memorial will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 – the morning of the March for Life – at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

“The National Memorial is the nation’s premiere pro-life prayer event, bringing nearly a hundred clergy and thousands of laity together from dozens of denominations to pray for an end to abortion,” said NPRC President Father Frank Pavone. “Few things bring the followers of Christ together more effectively across denominational lines than the pro-life effort. This event gives collective witness to our society that we stand together on the biblical historic teaching on the sanctity of life and that we stand together in the trenches to actually achieve that victory in practice.”

The prayer service, organized by the NRPC, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required and because of the size of the historic and beautiful Constitution Hall, the event is perfect for large groups.

For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.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 – This Election Was a Rejection of the Most Pro-Abortion President in History

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Date: November 5, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today described the Senate election results as a call for Congress to counter President Obama’s pro-abortion agenda.

“This election was a rejection of the most pro-abortion president in history,” said Fr. Pavone. “I am grateful to so many leaders and activists with whom we were proud to partner in order to register, educate, and mobilize voters to get to the polls. Now it’s time for the Senate to join the House not just in pushing back against Mr. Obama’s anti-life proposals, but also in moving forward on pro-life measures such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would spare babies of 20 weeks or more who we know can feel pain from the agony of having their limbs torn from their bodies,” stated Fr. Pavone. “Polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans support the measure, but the Senate Majority Leader hasn’t even allowed it to receive a committee vote. The outgoing Senate leadership doesn’t care what the American people want – that’s why they’re the outgoing Senate leadership.”

Fr. Pavone also congratulated all the pro-life candidates who were elected, and all those who worked so hard to elect them.

“Throughout this election cycle, as in every election cycle, we insist that the people of God need to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. We thank all our fellow citizens who had heeded that message, and made possible so many victories last night. Now it’s time for the work to continue.”

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Fr. Frank Pavone: Justice Ginsburg Has Prejudged Texas’s Abortion Law and Must Recuse Herself When It Comes Before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Date: September 30, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding any case related to Texas’s abortion law passed in 2013.

“Supreme Court justices are not supposed to announce how they will rule on a case before they even hear oral arguments. It’s a question of basic integrity and common sense.” said Fr. Pavone. “Justice Ginsburg has already announced to the world how she would vote on a key question regarding Texas’s abortion law that’s now in federal court. That’s wrong and she should remove herself from any decision on that law.”

At issue in legal challenges to Texas’s abortion law is whether it is intended to protect women’s health or just a way to close abortion clinics. Justice Ginsburg strongly implied to an interviewer that she has already made up her mind on this question. When asked if legislatures can be trusted to protect “access to reproductive choice,” she answered, “How could you trust legislatures in view of the restrictions states are imposing? Think of the Texas legislation that would put most clinics out of business.”

“This really boils down to what Justice Ginsburg values more, protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court, or protecting the abortion industry,” added Fr. Pavone. “This is not an abstract, theoretical matter – Justice Ginsburg has already decided a specific case she hasn’t even heard yet. By any logical standard, she should recuse herself from any Supreme Court decision on any part of Texas’s abortion laws.”

Legal challenges to various sections of Texas’s 2013 abortion law are currently before federal courts and are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court in the next year or two. In question are provisions stating that abortion clinics must meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists should have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that they can continue to provide care to women experiencing emergency complications.

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GIVERS, GODFATHERS, and THE CONSIGLIERE FACTOR

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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“Euphemism – a mild, pleasant or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.” Examples: euthanasia or “mercy” killing means intentional bringing premature death to a sick or elderly victim. Abortion means killing a baby.

It’s interesting how fictitious movies can reflect the currents of reality. I often find myself viewing films, music videos and visual arts from the sensory perspective of how reality can actually be stranger than fiction.

In light of these perusals, I find myself meditating on how classic literary and film projects like THE GIVER and THE GODFATHER apply euphemisms that reveal so much about humanity while euthanizing the darker side of human nature. Both films cloak violence in terms like “lose” a person rather than kill a person; “release” a baby or elderly person rather than kill the person; and assigning a “consigliere”(a new word for me) to “eliminate” perceived threats to a system or a dynasty.

During recent morning meditations, I paused to reflect on recent conversations with law enforcement and military personnel. They all told me pretty much the same thing – that soldiers and police are trained not to “neutralize” (as in stop) but to “eliminate” (as in kill) threats.

Reflection on these conversations led me to consider how “keepers of the peace” sometimes use “excessive force.” I remembered facing guns, dogs, bombs, water hoses and billy clubs in the 20th Century Civil Rights Era; which ironically is being replayed in Ferguson today.

Still ruminating… The innocent womb babies flash across the scene. Raw, ruthless power causes them to lose their lives before they can see the sunlight.

Now come young people like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Lakisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, the beheaded American journalists and British aid worker, the Black on Black killings in Chicago, and on and on and on…

Enter “The Consigliere Factor.” The word “consigliere” comes from the Italian, meaning counselor or advisor; most famously for an organized crime boss.

In medieval times, nobles/consiglieres of a conquered court would make themselves available to the new monarch. Only the most trusted and knowledgeable nobleman could become a consigliere and could serve several generations of ruling families.

Today, some politicians or other public figures might also depend on the services of consiglieres. Since the Godfather movies made the term infamous, though, political candidates don’t use that word for their “advisors.”

Various celebrities also use the services of a consigliere to help navigate their careers. Their agents, publicists, directors and the like may have their own agendas, so it is not unusual for in-demand celebrities to seek the opinion of trusted advisors before signing any contracts.

Often the advisor, whether in politics-land or celebrity-ville, is a close friend or family member. If the advisor is not as wise as he or his patron thinks he is things can become very rocky.

So let me tie all of this together.

Maybe too many of today’s important decisions are being guided by powerful consiglieres who lean on their own limited wisdom instead of God’s. Most likely, this has been the case since the fall of man.

The Founders of America tried to rein in this prideful tendency of human exaltation. Early on, America, with all our faults, was “one nation under God.” Somewhere along the way we have forgotten God and relied on the so-called “experts” who do what is wise in their own eyes.

Have we become a nation guided by consiglieres?

Before I sound too negative toward consiglieres, advisors, or consultants, let me point out that Proverbs 15:22 reminds us, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Yet Proverbs also tells us, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”

The best course of action, to end sickness, poverty, war, racism and all problems, is to seek many advisors who look to God for wisdom, not to their own understanding.

According to “Consigliere 101” however, the expert alone knows best. She or he believes he is the source of wisdom and he is only too happy to tell us what to do.

So, when the consigliere tells a soldier or law officer to see people as threats, it is easier for the officer to empty a clip or a magazine into a “target” than it is to remember that the target is a human being. After all, it’s easier to use excessive force to kill a target than an acknowledged fellow human being.

Of course, some people really are threats. Police and soldiers face real danger to their lives and safety on a daily, if not moment-by-moment basis. And just as they need to remember that those they serve are created in God’s image, so must we, the public, remember that law and military enforcement officers are made in God’s image, are meant to serve us, and are often willing to give their lives for us.

What I’m concerned about is the mindset that is created when we forget God. Life becomes less significant, less sacred.

Now, I’m wondering if Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby are guided by the Consigliere Factor. Think about it. According to the abortion lobby, the baby in the womb isn’t a human being, he or she is a “threat” to the mother’s emotional health or finances or reproductive freedom. So, eliminate the threat.

I may be whistling into the wind here. People may think I’m being silly, but it seems that we are putting our confidence in the wrong place these days. We seem to be depending solely on human advisors and weapons of war. We are forgetting that the Bible is the final authority.

We need to go back to striving to be “one nation under God.” We need to “know The Prince of Peace who will meet out truth and justice.” We need to really mean “In God we trust.”

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