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Fr. Pavone: Let the Pulpits Thunder!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Washington, DC: Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today and sent it to every parish in the nation:

“This weekend is the final push to turn out voters for Election Day. All of us at Priests for Life want to thank in advance the countless priests whom we know will let their pulpits thunder as they remind their people of what is at stake in this election and urge them to get to the polls. The best tool to use for preaching this weekend is the US Bishops’ document Living the Gospel of Life (1998). It makes very clear what so many people want to confuse or hide, namely, that the right to life is the foundational issue in any election.

“We urge every preacher this weekend to emphasize the following words that come from that document:

“Any politics of human life must work to resist the violence of war and the scandal of capital punishment. Any politics of human dignity must seriously address issues of racism, poverty, hunger, employment, education, housing, and health care. Therefore, Catholics should eagerly involve themselves as advocates for the weak and marginalized in all these areas. Catholic public officials are obliged to address each of these issues as they seek to build consistent policies which promote respect for the human person at all stages of life. But being ‘right’ in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. Indeed, the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community. If we understand the human person as the “temple of the Holy Spirit” — the living house of God — then these latter issues fall logically into place as the crossbeams and walls of that house. All direct attacks on innocent human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, strike at the house’s foundation. These directly and immediately violate the human person’s most fundamental right the right to life. Neglect of these issues is the equivalent of building our house on sand” (LGL, n. 23).

“Moreover, Priests for Life urges Churches to remind their parishioners to get to the polls on Election Day, and to assist with transportation where necessary.

“Furthermore, it is important this weekend not to get bent out of shape if people show up in the parking lot to distribute voter education materials. First of all, Churches should be handing out non-partisan voter guides to their people inside the Church. Secondly, no Church is going to get into trouble with the IRS because an outside group organizes and pays for literature distribution on the cars in their parking lots, even if that literature is highly partisan. In fact, I will guarantee it. Pastors and Churches should be more concerned about the trouble they might get into for interfering with citizens’ rights to mobilize and educate voters than the trouble they may have been told they will get into for simply ignoring it.

“Again, we honor and thank the many priests who will step up to the plate this weekend and help citizens elect pro-life candidates.”

For more information, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

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Moral Bankruptcy Has No Bounds

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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I recently read an article on One News Now which states that “President Barrack Obama and his administration are endorsing the use of cell lines extracted from aborted babies to develop Ebola vaccines, even though the government conceded that using moral alternatives – such as plant and animal cells – would be just as effective.”

I read this while I was on a www.restorethedream2014.com tour where I had been broadcasting facts about the moral bankruptcy of our nation and the lack of moral leadership coming out of this administration. There were major highlights to the tour of course; one being www.thefergusonresponse.com.

As the article states, there is an assault on life by backing and fast-tracking the use of aborted fetal cells instead of the more successful use of adult stem cell research or other forms of cell lines.

Ebola is deadly: I get that. But to do something immoral to achieve a moral good is not acceptable, especially if there are other moral alternatives.

In another article I read, it states: “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a “lost generation” of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Sunday, urging stronger international action.”

“The worst epidemic on record of the deadly [Ebola] virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Eight people have also died in Nigeria and cases have been reported in the United States and Spain.”

“Johnson Sirleaf, a former senior World Bank executive, said Ebola was having a dire economic impact in the worst affected countries, with harvests missed, markets shut and borders closed. She said the outbreak had undone much of the recovery achieved in the wake of Liberia’s 1989-2003 civil war.”

As bad as Ebola is, and it’s really bad, US and global abortion has left a larger void. The Ebola crisis adds insult to injury as far as eugenics and genocide are concerned.

With over 3,000 babies being aborted each day in America alone and over 110,000 worldwide, what economic impact is the loss of these missing people having on our world? Add the Ebola victims to the numbers, and the count just keeps mounting.

Billions of dollars are being spent on abortion each year. Planned Parenthood alone receives over half a billing tax dollars from our government. And many at the UN want to spend much more to make abortion more accessible around the world.

How much lost revenue has there been because of the over 1.3 billion missing people. How many harvests have been missed? How many businesses were never begun? How many jobs were never created? How many products were never invented? How many vaccines were never developed?

In a world that devalues human life to the point that a human baby has less value and protection than an eagle egg, sea turtles, or ladybugs, it’s no surprise that killing unborn babies for the purpose of harvesting their stem cells is quite acceptable to many people.

In a world that accepts that it’s legal to kill one’s own child because of inconvenience or not fitting with one’s plans, how can we be surprised that there is so much crime, and so many killings in the world?

As Mother Teresa said, “If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, rather, to use violence to get what they want.”

If we want to change the course of American history from a culture of death to a culture of life, we must begin today. We must work to change people’s hearts. We must become moral people. And we must begin by electing moral people to office that are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Vote early, vote absentee, or vote on November 4th. Just make sure you exercise your right to VOTE. Vote as if your life, the lives of aborted babies, ISIS victims, Ebola victims, all victims are impacted by our votes; because it is true.

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Pray For The Ballot

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Vote: Pray For The Ballot in 2014 and 2015

141002 blog image9Not in recent history has an elections been as important as the upcoming mid-term elections on November 2, 2014. With the directions our country is heading, now is the time for Christians to step up to the voting booth and make their votes count so we can turn our directions around. All the recent events of today, terrorist beheadings, Ebola crisis, the economy, education and Common Core, unemployment, abortion, attacks on religious freedom, all, are a result of our turning away from our God and the culture of life and embracing a culture of death. Now, this election cycle, is the time for men and women of faith to vote their biblical values and help steer America back on a path to freedom: freedom from terror, freedom from disease, freedom from joblessness, freedom from abortion. The Church in America is instrumental in accomplishing this so we call on Pastors of every denomination to inspire their congregations to vote for biblical principles.

In 1957, my Uncle ML demanded “Give Us The Ballot.” Now in 2014-2015 I am urging us to “pray for the ballot and vote for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our nation deserves no less.

From “Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South [Nation]” by Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech given before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington, May 17, 1957 [annotated where indicated]

“Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the [southern] states and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the [hooded] perpetrators of violence. Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men [and women] of good will, and send to the sacred halls of Congressmen who will not sign a [Southern] Manifesto, because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice.”

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VOTE! An urgent message from Dr. Alveda King

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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#VoteRealChange

October is the “Month for Life,” and is a critical month every year, especially in an election year. As we continue our prayer for the elections, we ask you to spread this payer far and wide via your social media networks and email lists, and in your pro-life groups, community and civil rights meetings, and churches in the coming weeks. Also, please visit www.politicalresponsibility.com and see why we must vote. Your vote counts.

Please vote for candidates who support life, marriage and family according to God’s way as if your life depends upon it; because it does.

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WHY WE MUST VOTE

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Should believers take part in the politics of this world, including elections?

What does the Bible say about voting in elections? Nothing specifically.

Let’s remember that in the times of Jesus the Jews were under Roman rule and they were not Roman citizens. Therefore, they were not permitted to vote. In fact, most Roman citizens couldn’t either. Only the very wealthy were allowed to vote.

But we can see in Acts 6:1-5 that an “election” of sorts did take place.

“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.” (NASB77, highlighting added)

Clearly the seven were to help protect the rights of the people and settle the dispute between the Hellenistic Jews and the native Hebrews.

So it is with our government of today. These elected people, “politicians,” are supposed to safeguard our rights. But the difference is that they elected “men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.” Today, you would have to question the “good” reputation of many in office and more importantly whether they are even men and women who are “full of the Spirit.”

In the elections of 2012, Billy Graham began a campaign, “Vote Biblical Values,” in which he encouraged people to vote for candidates that espoused biblical values and morality, “men/women full of the Spirit.”

So it should be for this election cycle and all elections as well.

It seems that our nation and the whole world is getting further away from God and His teachings. And we are paying for our sins. It’s evident in current events. ISIS, Iran, Russia invading other countries, beheadings of prisoners of various nations, and even a beheading in America.

A couple of quotes from Mother Teresa are appropriate for our discussion. She said: “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”

Abortion breaks the most sacred bond, the bond between a mother and her baby, and reduces the sanctity of life to someone’s “choice.” If we are willing to accept abortion then how can we be surprised when one person makes the “choice” that your life must end because you don’t believe what they believe?

She also said, “If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, rather, to use violence to get what they want.” Isn’t that what ISIS is doing? What Russia is doing? What Alton Nolen did? Accepting violence over regarding the sanctity of life…

We can help shift our world towards a culture of life by voting for those who regard the sanctity of life. What would God have us learn regarding the electorate process?

The heart of God is expressed in the Bible as to His concern for government leaders and leadership by telling us as Christians that we should pray in this vein when we look at the admonition in the following verses:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

It is our duty as Christians and as citizens to participate in the elections. With our vote, we can elect godly men that will make laws that conform to biblical values.

Not all are called to be political servants. The majority of us will never hold office but we have an important role to play. We must begin with prayer and discernment. We must educate ourselves on the stances of the candidates and vote accordingly.

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Priests for Life promotes National Voter Registration Sunday

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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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

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Date: March 13, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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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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