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Alveda King: “Occupy” Movement Must Turn Away From Violence

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Date: November 7, 2011

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ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and founder of King for America, said the Occupy Wall Street movement must embrace prayer and disavow violence if it hopes to emulate the 20th century Civil Rights Movement.

“The whole Civil Rights movement was founded in prayer, in crying out to God in peace,” Dr. King said today during an interview on “Fox & Friends.” “This movement is not peaceful,” she said of Occupy Wall Street.

Dr. King, the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr., was invited on the show to discuss comments made by Rev. Jesse Jackson last week in Atlanta, comparing the two movements and insisting that Martin Luther King would have supported Occupy Wall Street.

“Rev. Jackson knows this is not the model my uncle upheld, or that my father, Rev. A.D. King, upheld,” she said. “The people who came out are hurting, they need answers. They need help, not to be incited to violence. They need a leader who is going to lead them peacefully.

Calling him “a civil wrong leader on this point,” Dr. King said, “Rev. Jackson needs to revisit his 20th century history.”

Dr. King also noted that the pro-life movement has adopted the prayerful, peaceful model of the Civil Rights movement as it works to end abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide and embryonic stem cell research.

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

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‘York Eight’ Make Lifelong Commitment to the Unborn

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Date: October 25, 2011

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During a regular Saturday morning Mass in York, Pa., last week, eight people pledged their lives to the fight against abortion. For the new members of the Missionaries of Evangelium Vitae – or Missionaries of the Gospel of Life – this was not a promise made lightly.

Deacon Daniel Bernardy’s promise was rooted in his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer working in an orphanage in Iran.

Stephanie Burns made her first promise the day she was to have surgery for breast cancer, but found out she was pregnant instead.

For Maria Mullen, a journey that began 29 years ago in Mexico continues today with renewed vigor and commitment.

More than 206 have made lifetime pledges as MEVs, with more than 1,622 in formation around the world. Their stories are as varied as those of the “York Eight,” whose journey began in a “Life Cell” led by MEVs Peggy Pritchard and Vicki Crispo, and whose promises were accepted by Father Paul Schenk, director of Respect Life activities for the Diocese of Harrisburg.

The spirituality and mission of the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life have been shaped by the teaching and example of Pope John Paul II, author of “Evangelium Vitae,” and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The program was developed by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of the Priests for Life.

“What attracts the MEVs is the fact that pro-life is a spirituality,” said Father Pavone. “It’s not a hobby or an extracurricular activity. Rather, it flows from the very core of their faith, and from their commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ. There they find both the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of pro-life activism.”

After decades involved in pro-life in Mexico, Mrs. Mullen has decided that for now, she will concentrate her efforts at home, raising her children as the next generation of pro-life warriors.

Mrs. Burns, who delivered a healthy son after her breast cancer diagnosis and is now cancer-free herself, is a junior high teacher at a Catholic school. She opens each class with a pro-life prayer to Mary, in the hopes of instilling “a respect for all life into my young students before they can be indoctrinated into the culture of death. After all, our future is in their hands.”

In addition to his many duties as a deacon, Deacon Bernardy can still be found outside abortion clinics with his “weapon of choice” – rosary beads.

Wendy Matarese has had an abortion, and her MEV promise allows her to reach out to other women who have been hurt by the lie that abortion is a solution to a problem.

“After more than a decade out of a state of grace, I went to Reconciliation and the Eucharist,” she said. “Without my association with the MEV and the grace of God, that may not have happened.”

To find out more about the MEV program, visit Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, any of the York Eight, or Mrs. Pritchard and Mrs. Crispo, call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.

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

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Baby Joseph: A Life Worth Living

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

By Fr. Frank Pavone

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the boy from Canada who, earlier this year, made international headlines as his family fought to give him the basic care he needed in order to breathe. I extend my condolences and prayers to his family.

This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

Jerry Horn, Senior Vice President of Priests for Life (right) with Joseph's father, Moe

And they fulfilled that calling. After encountering, to their astonishment, the unwillingness of the Canadian medical and legal establishment to give their son a simple tracheotomy, they turned to Priests for Life, and we arranged for the child to receive that treatment at Cardinal Glennon Childrens’ Medical Center in Saint Louis. I’ll never forget the night I flew in the medical jet to pick up the baby and his dad. (Mom and their older child joined us shortly thereafter.) It was the middle of the night. It was cold. And yet new hope and joy were born on that Kalitta MedFlight. Joseph’s Dad Moe was literally pinching himself, saying he could hardly believe that his son was now free from the prison of a hospital where he had been, and able to receive a new evaluation and care.

And what a joy it was, after those weeks in Saint Louis, to celebrate Holy Thursday and, on that day, to see Joseph go home with his parents, breathing on his own without tubes or machines. Nobody denied that he had a serious, degenerative neurological condition, and nobody was unwilling to accept professional medical judgment. What we refused to accept, however, was the arrogance of medical and legal professionals who presumed to judge the value of his life, and to say he wasn’t worth treating. Yes, there is such a thing as a worthless treatment, but there is never such a thing as a worthless life.

That’s the line that needs to be drawn in the sand again and again. That’s the prophetic witness that needs to thunder from our pulpits and be lobbied in the halls of government.

I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.

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‘Baby Joseph’ Dies in His Canadian Home (FoxNews.com)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Published September 28, 2011 | FoxNews.com

The baby who in March was hours from being pulled off life support at a Canadian hospital but was rescued by the national director of Priests for Life and taken to the U.S. for treatment, has died Tuesday night at his Windsor, Ontario home.

Twenty-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who suffered from a rare, progressive neurological disease that left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery, had been kept alive by a respirator until he underwent an operation in the U.S. that alleviated his symptoms.

The boy was known affectionately as “Baby Joseph.” He took center stage in a right-to-life dispute after Canadian doctors refused to perform a tracheotomy on the boy, which would have allowed him to die in the comfort of his own home instead of hospital bed.

His parents appealed to Canadian courts, but the hospital’s decision was upheld.

But Rev. Frank Pavone and other Priests for Life staff eventually took the boy to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where doctors performed the tracheotomy allowing the boy to be moved back to his home.

Pavone said in a statement:

“I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph, and extend my prayers to his family. This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.”

He continued, “From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

“I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.”

Priests for Life covered all of the family’s medical bills while Joseph underwent treatment in the U.S. and also covered the costs of Joseph’s flight home, the Windsor Star reports.

“This is all the family ever wanted, let God decide when their child should leave this earth, not doctors our the civil courts,” Brother Paul O’Donnell posted on Facebook, according to the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation’s website.

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Statement of Fr. Frank Pavone on Passing of Baby Joseph

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Date: September 28, 2011

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Amarillo, TX – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning on the passing of Baby Joseph Maraachli, the infant who earlier this year was flown from Ontario, Canada to St. Louis to receive treatment previously denied to him, which allowed him to spend his last months at home with his parents.

“I learned with sadness tonight of the passing of Baby Joseph, and extend my prayers to his family. This young boy and his parents fulfilled a special mission from God. Amidst a Culture of Death where despair leads us to dispose of the vulnerable, they upheld a Culture of Life where hope leads us to welcome and care for the vulnerable.

“From my first conversation with Baby Joseph’s parents, they expressed to me their trust in God. They had no demands of Him regarding how long their son would live. They just wanted to fulfill their calling to love their child unconditionally and to protect him from those who considered his life worthless.

“I praise God tonight for the tens of thousands who stood with Priests for Life and other prolife groups to save Baby Joseph. We remain convinced that the value of life is not measured in months or years, but rather reflected in the love we share moment by moment. We all loved Joseph, because God entrusts us to the care of each other. In that conviction we will continue to counteract the culture of death and restore protection and equality to all, born and unborn.”

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Pro-Life Reflection for September 27

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Opposition to abortion and euthanasia does not excuse indiffernece to those who suffer from poverty, violence and unjustice…. But being “right” in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life. – “Living the Gospel of Life,” 23

Reflection: Consistency cuts both ways, and challenges those with blind spots to human right.

The most common mistake is to tolerate child-killing while advocating for adults.

Prayer: Lord, free us from ever trying to use justice as an excuse for injustice, or right as a justification for wrong.

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Official Statement of Fr. Frank Pavone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement:

“For the past several years, my Ordinary, the Most Reverend Patrick Zurek, Bishop of Amarillo, has given me permission to do the full-time pro-life work that I have done since 1993. In 2005, I made a public promise in a Church ceremony in Amarillo, presided over by a Vatican Cardinal, that this full-time pro-life work would be a lifetime commitment. That’s a commitment I promise to fulfill without wavering.

“This past week, however, I received a letter from the Bishop insisting that I report to the Diocese this Tuesday, September 13 and, for the time being, remain only there.

“I am very perplexed by this demand. Despite that, because I am a priest of the diocese of Amarillo, I will be obedient and report there on the appointed date, putting the other commitments that are on my calendar on hold until I get more clarity as to what the bishop wants and for how long. Meanwhile, I continue to retain all my priestly faculties and continue to be a priest in “good standing” in the Church. The bishop does not dispute this fact. Rather, he has said that he thinks I am giving too much priority to my pro-life work, and that this makes me disobedient to him. He also has claimed that I haven’t given him enough financial information.

“Now, although Bishop Zurek is my Ordinary, he is not the bishop of Priests for Life. Each of our staff priests has his own Ordinary, and the organization has an entire Board of Bishops. We keep them all informed of our activities, and of our financial audits.

“I want to say very clearly that Priests for Life is above reproach in its financial management and the stewardship of the monies it receives from dedicated pro-lifers, raised primarily through direct mail at the grassroots level. To this end, Priests for Life has consistently provided every financial document requested by Bishop Zurek, including annual financial audits, quarterly reports, management documents—even entire check registers! In fact, on June 20, 2011, Priests for Life received the results of its independent audit examination for the year ended December 31, 2010. The organization’s auditors issued an unqualified audit opinion indicating that the financial statements “present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Priests for Life, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America”. This marks the tenth consecutive year that the organization’s auditors have provided a ‘clean’ audit opinion, when reporting on the respective year’s financial statements. Priests for Life has been completely transparent with Bishop Zurek and any other bishops who have requested information regarding our management and finances. Indeed, we have 21 bishops and cardinals who sit on our Advisory Board, and they are kept fully informed about our finances.

“Therefore, in the interest of preserving my good reputation as well as protecting the valuable work done by the Priests for Life organization, I have begun a process of appeal to the Vatican. This process aims to correct any mistaken decisions of the bishop in my regard and to protect my commitment to full-time pro-life activity for my whole life. We are very confident that the Vatican will resolve this matter in a just and equitable fashion. Because of this confidence, we are not currently making any changes in any positions at Priests for Life, or in any of our projects and plans.

“I also want to point out that, according to the canon law of the Catholic Church, because I have begun this process of appeal to Rome, the Bishop’s order that I return to Amarillo has been effectively suspended. Nevertheless, because of my great respect for this Bishop and my commitment to be fully obedient at all times, I am reporting to Amarillo this Tuesday, in hopes that I can sort this problem out with the Bishop in a mutually agreeable and amicable way.

“I would like to note that, unlike other organizations, which have sometimes been critical of the Church hierarchy or other institutions within the Church, Priests for Life has always remained 100% supportive of the Bishops, never criticizing any Church official, and always acting as a megaphone for the Bishops’ pro-life statements. Moreover, we serve dioceses and their priests and laity without asking for any speakers’ fees, and distribute millions of pieces of pro-life literature to dioceses completely free of charge. We do not seek parish collections, and we work to reinforce in each diocese the local pastoral plan which the bishop wants to implement for pro-life activities.

“We are committed to going forward with that same spirit, regardless of the recent action taken by Bishop Zurek.

“In the interest of full transparency, I would like to make it known that I do not receive any salary or financial remuneration from either the Diocese of Amarillo or from Priests for Life. Priests for Life, as a Private Association of the Christian Faithful, does provide for my residence and the expenses associated with the ministry, but these expenses are very small. Though, as a diocesan priest, I have never taken a vow of poverty, I have basically chosen to live in that fashion in solidarity with the pre-born children we are trying to protect—who are the poorest of the poor.

“I want to be clear that I do not harbor any ill will towards the Bishop of Amarillo, nor do I foster suspicions about his motives. I am merely confused by his actions. It is impossible for me to believe that there is no place in the Church for priests to exercise full-time ministry in the service of the unborn. We do it for the sick, the poor, the hungry, and the imprisoned. But where in the Church is the place where a priest can exercise the same kind of full-time ministry for the children in the womb? That is the question that is at the heart of my own calling.

“I am confident that we will be able to resolve this difficulty soon, without any harm to either my own reputation and without any slowdown of the valuable pro-life work we do at Priests for Life.”

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Pro-Life: From Conception to Natural Death

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

What does it mean to be Pro-Life?

To me, being pro-life is to be in support of life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death and everything in between.

This notion that pro-lifers only care about the unborn is ludicrous. The gamut of issues that make up the pro-life movement are so many and varied that no pro-lifer could possibly be active in all of them. Issues like abortion (legislatively, praying at abortion mills, marches for life, investigations, public awareness, and crisis pregnancy centers), life quality of the child (education, health care, nutrition, and family), adoption, stem cell research, cloning, birth control, abortifacients, RU486, death penalty, and euthanasia are all important and need to be addressed. However, no one pro-lifer can address all of these issues by themselves. So they pick a specific issue or two that they feel called to fight for and that is where their focus is directed. It’s silly to then say that they don’t care about any of the other issues.

In a recent debate on NPR’s radio show Tell Me More between Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, and Rev. Carlton Veazey, President and CEO of Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice, Rev. Veazey made this very claim and without offering any proof whatsoever. I’m not sure if it was by design or by coincidence but just after the claim was made, the commentator brought the debate to an abrupt end without giving Mr. Bomberger a chance to refute the allegation. So I want to refute it now.

This really got me fired up because I am pro-life and I care about abortion as my main focus but I also care about all other life issues facing our children and even the adults. For example, an abortion not only kills the baby but it also hurts the mother and the father, if he’s in the picture. I’m concerned about the baby and the parents.

If they choose to abort their baby, I still care about the harm that comes to the mother and father. Their healing after the abortion, the increased risks of breast cancer associated with abortion, their increased risks of alcohol and drug abuse, their increased suicidal ideation and attempts.

If they choose keep the baby I care about the future of that baby, their access to a good primary and secondary education, their access to good affordable health care, their ability to have a nutritional diet, access to a good family life, preferably with both parents, etc.

I have been invited to speak out about many different issues like education, family, political issues, and others. I have turned most of them down because I don’t have time to address all of these issues. Does that mean that I don’t care about them? OF COURSE NOT. I do care and so I pray about these issues and for the many groups and organizations fighting for these issues. I’m just one person who feels that I have been called to stand and speak for the unborn and that is my focus.

Being pro-life is not just about abortion. It’s about a way of life, a mindset that God created life and we are created in God’s image. He, and He alone, decides when life will be created and when life will end.

Many in today’s society feel that they get to decide and so they murder or they assist in suicide. I pray for them too as they will have a heavy burden to live with and especially to die with. I pray for their souls that none of the children of His flock may be lost.

Everyone is created in His image and if you look hard enough, you can see the face of Jesus in everyone you meet. But to do this you must not only use your eyes but it requires the use of your heart as well. I see Jesus’ face in the unborn child, in the child with Down syndrome, in the child with a cleft lip, in the woman who just aborted her child, in the homeless man sleeping on the street, in the ones suffering with HIV and Aids, in the dying old woman suffering in great pain, in the prisoner waiting on death row, and in everyone who supports abortion who has been deceived by Satan, the father of lies.

I’m thankful for all the groups and organizations that fight for all these different life issues. God in his infinite wisdom and love has placed a calling in everyone’s heart for different life issues, usually through their life’s experiences. I had two abortions before God opened my eyes and heart to the truth and now I have a special desire to fight for the unborn.

Others fight against cancer because they either had cancer or know someone who does or did. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care about children with disabilities. Still others fight against the death penalty and others against euthanasia. Everyone has a calling if you just listen to your heart.

Being pro-Life is about caring for all life, not just the unborn. So, Rev. Carlton Veazey and all you who claim that we abandon the babies once their born, where is your proof? Don’t just make a blanket statement about pro-lifers. I want to see the proof. And don’t ask me how many babies I’ve adopted. That’s just as much of a cop-out. Nobody can adopt 4000 babies a day which is how many babies are being killed by abortions in America each day.

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Priests for Life Welcomes Bishops’ Statement on Assisted Suicide

Monday, June 20th, 2011

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Date: June 17, 2011

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Washington, DC – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed today the statement that the United States Catholic Bishops approved this week regarding assisted suicide.

“As the bishops have pointed out, proposals to legalize physician-assisted suicide ‘generally leave in place the laws against assisting most people to commit suicide, but they define a class of people whose suicides may be facilitated rather than prevented.’ Put another way, this is just the latest form of prejudice and discrimination in our society,” Father Pavone pointed out. “To those who advocate the right to die, I always say, ‘Don’t worry; you won’t miss out on it.”

As the world’s largest Catholic ministry focused exclusively on ending abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life has brought attention over the years to key cases that pertain to what the bishops teach in this document. In particular, the case of Terri Schiavo in 2005, and of Baby Joseph this year, have been opportunities for God’s people to rally on behalf of the vulnerable, and have been a teaching moment for our entire society.

“Building on the bishops’ statement, we will see to it that every priest has resources to preach and teach on this aspect of the Gospel of Life,” Father Pavone said. “The statement has been issued. Now it’s time to exercise the courage to echo and apply its teaching, and to call our people to say to the ill and vulnerable what Jesus says to us all: I am with you!”

For more information and for the statement itself, see www.priestsforlife.org/euthanasia.

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Fr. Pavone on Kevorkian: ‘We must bear one another’s burdens’

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Date: June 3, 2011

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Staten Island, NY – Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today about the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

“All of us at Priests for Life pray for the soul of Jack Kevorkian, as we do for all who have died. And we renew our commitment to proclaim that life is better than death. Every life has burdens. When we respond to the call to bear one another’s burdens, then we close the door to despair. Those who promote the so-called ‘right to die’ are heralds of despair. We, on the other hand, are heralds of hope.

“And as for the ‘right to die,” I say, ‘Don’t worry – you won’t miss out on it.’ “

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