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Priests for Life promotes National Voter Registration Sunday

Friday, September 5th, 2014

PriestsForLife

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 5, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — The final National Voter Registration Sunday will take place this Sunday, Sept. 7.

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives.

While this Sunday will be the final official day of these registration efforts this year, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented on the importance of registering voters in time for the November elections.

“It’s mid-term election season, and the importance of an active and informed electorate is greater than it has ever been. The moral direction of America is largely in our hands. Our duty is not only to convert minds and hearts; it is to change laws and policies. And we do that by electing those who share our convictions about what those laws and policies should be.

“The first thing to do, practically, is to register to vote, and to call upon our pastors to have non-partisan voter registration drives in our parishes. Then we have to look closely at the races in our states, and find out who can, in our judgment, best advance the Culture of Life.”

For a list of Vote Pro-Life Coalition partners and to find practical suggestions on helping to get out the vote, go to www.VoteProLifeCoalition.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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Church is Free to Preach Her Message — Unless…?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Date: August 28, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK, NY — In a hard-hitting series of essays currently being released in preparation for the midterm elections, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, takes aim at the self-censorship that Churches and Church-related institutions engage in when it comes to speaking up about politics and elections. Called “Politics and the Pulpit,” the series can be found at PriestsForLife.org/columns.

One of the policy memos publicized from a Catholic diocese in a recent election cycle stated the following:

“Indeed, it is the church’s right and obligation to make its teachings on moral ideas known, as long as these teachings do not run afoul of the rules on political activity.”

Fr. Frank comments, “Look at what is being said here. ‘Rules on political activity,’ rules which originated with Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, and are vague and very likely unconstitutional in the first place, cancel out both the right and duty of the Church to carry out her teaching mission received from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, over 2000 years ago. Are we really going to start balancing human rules with Divine commands? This is offensive and absurd, especially given the context in which the Church is fighting right now to preserve her religious freedom against a hostile Administration. The best way to preserve our religious freedom is to start exercising it.”

Fr. Frank continues, “An obvious question arises here. Unless we are to say that Churches have no freedom to teach on issues that also happen to correspond to political debates, how are they protected from the accusation of being ‘partisan’ simply because the position of the organization, or the teaching of the Church or the Gospel, corresponds to the position that one particular political party or candidate has, and is diametrically opposed to that of their opposing party or candidate? The Church opposes abortion and stands up for the rights of the unborn. The Republican Party platform takes a similar position. The Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, supports abortion as a right. So now, is the Church’s pro-life position partisan, and therefore illegal to assert? That would be both absurd and intolerable, and yet that is what some expressions of Church policy in our country would lead us to conclude.”

More commentary and practical action steps for preparation for the elections can be found at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com. A nationwide election novena begins this Tuesday, September 2, and runs through Election Day, November 4. Organizations and Churches can also find practical guidance through the Vote Pro-life Coalition that Priests for Life has established. See www.VoteProLifeCoalition.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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Election Prayer and Voter Registration Announced by Priests for Life

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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August 19, 2014

Staten Island, NY – Priests for Life today announces a special nine-week Election Novena, starting September 2, that coincides with its other election-related efforts, including Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th, and Fr. Frank Pavone’s hard-hitting series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit.”

“Priests for Life is asking believers across the country to participate in our Election Novena by praying during the nine weeks from September 2nd to Election Day,” said Fr. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The Novena prayer asks God to awaken His people so that we are faithful citizens of His Kingdom who exercise our solemn responsibility to seek justice for all, including the unborn, when we enter the voting booth. As the prayer states, we ‘are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, [b]ut rather a community of faith renewing the world.’”

The Novena begins just five days before National Christian Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th when Christians of every denomination are encouraged to conduct non-partisan efforts to register as many voters as possible. “Not only is voter registration an entirely legal activity in which churches and non-profit groups can engage, but it’s also part of our moral responsibility,” stated Fr. Pavone.

Already online at Priests for Life’s Political Responsibility website is Fr. Pavone’s series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit,” which addresses questions relating to the rights of clergy and churches at election time. In his series, Fr. Pavone shows why fears by some Church leaders that the Church will lose its tax-exempt status for speaking out at election time are absurd. He calls on Church leaders to stop stifling their own religious freedom.

For more information on Priests for Life’s Election Novena, please go to www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on Voter Registration Sunday and to read Fr. Pavone’s “Politics and the Pulpit” articles, please go to www.PoliticalResponsibility.com

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Fr. Frank Pavone Announces National Christian Voter Registration Sundays

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 13, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on all believers to participate in National Voter Registration Sundays to be held on June 29, July 6, and September 7 this year.

“Citizens do not have the luxury of ‘sitting out’ elections,” said Fr. Pavone. “When human life is at stake, when our very ability to freely practice our faith is under attack, we need to defend life and faith. God has given us an opportunity to do exactly that by voting. That’s why this year’s Voter Registration Sundays are crucial.”

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives. While the official days of these registration efforts this year are the Sundays before and after Independence Day and the Sunday before 9/11, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

“Priests for Life has a wealth of material at PoliticalResponsibility.com that explains how to have a voter registration day in your church, spelling out the activities that all churches and charitable non-profit groups are legally permitted to do,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no legal reason for pastors or churchgoers to refrain from having registration drives at church. On the contrary, we should feel impelled to do so.”

Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, observed that there is a historical connection to this year’s registration drives.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “We have seen in these last five decades how the right to vote has helped guarantee the civil rights of all Americans of any color. Our right to vote today can help restore and protect the civil rights of all Americans of any stage of life.”

The Family Research Council, a chief sponsor of the National Voter Registration Sundays, states on its website, “Christians can have a positive impact on elections and ultimately our nation’s future….Yet every election millions of Christians fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. We can help our people obey Christ’s command to participate in government (Matt. 22:21) by encouraging voter registration and voting Christian values.”

Priests for Life has formed a national “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com) to foster joint non-partisan efforts among national groups. Members of the Coalition are promoting the Voter Registration Sundays. For instance, Chris Slattery, founder and President of Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, said, “Getting ourselves, our family, friends, church and pro-life contacts to register to vote is more important than ever. Let’s take the time to get involved with voter registration drives, especially on the dates promoted here.”

Jo Tolck, Executive Director of the Human Life Alliance, simply declared, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Remember to register! Remember to vote!”

More information on the National Christian Voter Registration Sundays is available from Priests for Life at http://www.priestsforlife.org/vote/.

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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Until They Truly Choose Life

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

SPACERMLK SrTime Is Running Out for Conservatives. Somehow we keep missing the point about which issues really matter. Life and Holy Matrimony should be at the top of the platforms of every political campaign. Added to that, most people have never even heard of moral turpitude these days.

This observation won’t help me win friends and influence people, at least not in my conservative circles. But like my granddaddy, M. L. King, Sr., used to say when he got riled up, ‘hold my mule. I’m about to shout right now.’

The thing is, I’m not about to do church shouting, but I would like to shout from the rooftops: We’re running out of time to find a more diverse slate of candidates for 2016, fearless candidates who will tackle moral issues.

And where are all of the women? African Americans? Hispanics?

With some notable exceptions — Gov. Susana Martinez and Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to name a few — we are doomed to repeat the same lesson over and over. If we trot out the same team election after election we will get the exact same results.

During the last election cycle, I literally begged conservatives to address women’s issues. Genuine healthcare awareness was at the top of that list. These issues got the cold shoulder in the platform lineup.

Of course women are also concerned about national security, the economy, and moral turpitude as long as the dialogue includes women’s voices.

Then, there is the Africa-American community to consider. We are Americans too, and want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. We are not asking for more entitlements, just a seat at the boardroom table, as well as a place at the secret meetings that most people don’t know about.

As an African-American woman, I can’t help but wonder how the conservative roundtables of America seem to keep forgetting about women and minorities, about life and natural marriage?

And when will we stop electing “lip service politicians” who have little intention of upholding and enforcing laws that they promise to pass when elected?

Oh, I know we are making progress, and women and African American leaders are beginning to be heard, but I pray that this is not a case of too little too late. When we look at the early “2016 hopeful lists” we see few women and fewer minorities in the top ten or even top twenty. It seems like we keep beating our heads against the same walls hoping for a different result. Nope, and the bruises to our heads and hearts still hurt.

Conservatives are in danger of falling off a moral cliff. Things can get better, but until we truly choose life, the way will still be rocky.

I believe I should close now, and go back to reading my Bible rather than raging about politics, because after all, humans play politics and God is in the business of saving souls.

Meanwhile, hold my mule.

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