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Pavone, King: POTUS “gift” to Pope a sign of the times

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, America’s largest religious anti-abortion ministry and Evangelist Alveda King who heads up Civil Rights for the Unborn for the organization have a message for America regarding President Donald Trump’s gift of books by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Pope Francis on the POTUS tour to the world’s most renowned seats of religious power.

“How appropriate that two world leaders who seek peace should pause again in the shadow of another leader who showed everyone how to make it happen,” said Father Pavone. “Dr. King said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Both the President and the Pope have warned the world about the ongoing injustice of abortion, which, as President Trump pointed out in the third presidential debate, rips babies out of the womb. Both the President and the Pope know that peace demands an end to that violence,” said Father Pavone.

Evangelist King, prolife niece of MLK who gifted President Trump with a “King Family Tribute” book during her visit with POTUS at the National Museum of African American History and Culture earlier this year said: “It’s interesting how things come full circle. I gifted President Trump with a King book; he gifted the same to the Pope. The Pope has often noted the teachings of MLK in his work. When I first met Fr. Pavone in NY at a prolife rally in the 1990s he was quoting MLK’s Christmas sermon.”

“… When we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 Christmas Sermon

Citing what she calls “fake news examples,” King points out that President Trump’s Mexico City Policy redirection of funds away from abortion providers outside of America and back to life affirming programs in America is not robbing the poor as some media suggests. “President Trump is redirecting our funds while draining the swamp. By cutting abortion funds, and redirecting public assistance away from entitlement to empowerment, POTUS is helping everyone; not robbing the poor as some media reports. Now our families can begin to breathe again and work again and live in dignity. I’m just glad that in the midst of all of the ‘fake news’ President Trump has delivered something real again with this MLK book gift; the six principles and steps to nonviolent conflict resolution espoused by my Uncle Rev. MLK are always good for America and the world. ”

Fr. Pavone added: “It is no accident that the President’s first trip is to the key religious centers in the world. He is convinced that peace in the world depends upon religious leaders and their people freely and vigorously practicing their faith. Both he and the Pope have warned against the abuse of religion, which happens when people invoke God’s name as a cover for violence.”

Both Pavone and King are prayerful and supportive of President Trump’s agenda to address the problem of abortion in America and are in favor of a “sanctity of life” agenda; “from the womb to the tomb,” they agree. In agreement with her colleague Janet Morana, author of RECALL ABORTION, Evangelist King, a post abortive voice for life is a “women’s advocate supporting good health, safety and equality for all females, including the little girls in the womb. Abortion is not health care. Abortion kills babies, hurts and sometimes kills their mothers. How can the dream survive abortion?”

As American voices for life, Pavone and King advance the sanctity of life message from a Bible perspective. “When POTUS says we are all Americans, and our blood runs red, that’s true. Acts 17:26 says that God created all humanity as “one blood.” Uncle MLK said “we must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” It’s time for us to lead the way. AMERICA RETURN TO GOD.

Deuteronomy 30:19 – “…Choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

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Priests for Life Welcomes Papal Document

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life welcome the document issued today by Pope Francis called “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), which summarizes his teaching following the two worldwide synods of bishops held in the last two years on the topic of the family.

“We encourage all the clergy and laity to carefully read, study, discuss and apply this document, which repeats the Church’s teaching on life, marriage and family, and urges all of us to encourage one another with compassion and care as we strive to live that teaching.

“In regard to our own ministry in defense of the unborn, we thank the Holy Father for the beautiful words of this document about pregnancy and motherhood, in particular the following passage:

“Every child growing within the mother’s womb is part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer1:5).

“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances.” (n. 168)

“He states in section 83, ‘Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the
family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life
is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s
womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the property of another human being’

“The Holy Father also encourages adoption, stating, ‘Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none.’ (N. 179)

Finally, since our director of African-American Outreach is Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., we were happy to see Dr. King quoted in this document, in the section where the Pope encourages a love that faces up to all difficulties. Part of the quote from Dr. King reads, ‘And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls ‘the image of God’, you begin to love him in spite of [everything]. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there.’ (N. 118)

Priests for Life will continue to reflect and teach on this document in the days and months to come.

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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Bright Lights in the Midst of Madness

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Have you ever noticed that when people go to a restaurant and they get bad service they are all too willing to make a complaint? But when they get good, or even great service, they say nothing. The same is true with most services that people receive. Sure there is the occasional exception to the rule. But for the most part that’s just human nature.

That seems to be the case with news and current events. The media is all too happy to report all the chaos going on in our world but are not so quick to report on the good going on in everyday life. I guess the good news doesn’t bring in the ratings. As the saying goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

With everything that is going on in the world today, good is rising in the hearts of humanity. For every bad deed, there are two, although unreported, blessings to outshine them. For example, prime time TV is flooded with hyper themes of sexual temptation and violence these days. At the same time movies like WAR ROOM and WOODLAWN are receiving rave reviews.

In the music world, where many, and usually the most popular ones, songs seem to contain such graphic material, both sexual and violence, that warning labels must be printed on the cover of the albums, a less well known song, PRAY for AMERICA is resonating across the country.

A classic favorite, THIS IS MY BODY, reemerged at the World Meeting of Families. Tears flowed as hearts were recommitted for life.

The coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia and his much needed message of unity brought hope to many in times of many trials.

At times we are so bombarded by the evils of the world that we feel as though we, as a single individual, are helpless to do anything about it.

But, besides what is going on in the world at large, we all live in a smaller sphere in which each one of us has an influence on those around us. If we treat each other with agape love, we can change the world one person at a time. You may be the hope for that someone you run into today.

As I travel around the country speaking at various events, I sometimes like to get the audience’s participation as we sing, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. It reminds us that, as Matthew 5:14 says, “You [all of us] are the light of the world..” You and I are called to be a light to those around us. And together we can light up the world and darkness will have nowhere to hide.

It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. The battle for life is raging, yet we are winning.

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Fr. Pavone Welcomes Church’s “eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Date: September 1, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and also Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the largest mobilization of those who have had abortions, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More welcome the letter our Holy Father issued today, indicating his compassionate concern for those who have had abortions, and making it easier for them to obtain the absolution of a priest. This step does not mean that forgiveness wasn’t available before. However, it simplifies the process outlined in Church law whereby, in certain circumstances, the priest needs to get authorization before giving absolution. In the Jubilee Year, priests will not need to delay that absolution, provided there is repentance.

“We welcome this concrete expression of the Church’s eagerness to reconcile those who have had abortions. We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have had abortions; rather, we welcome them with mercy and compassion. A very large part of our work at Priests for Life is to extend the urgent invitation to healing. We oversee the work of Rachel’s Vineyard (www.RachelsVineyard.org), a retreat program which constitutes the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion and which enjoys the personal and enthusiastic support of Pope Francis.

“Moreover, through our Silent No More Awareness Campaign, through which mothers, fathers, and entire families witness to the pain of being involved in abortion and the joy of God’s healing, we echo that invitation to healing through the testimonies of those who have found it. They share these testimonies in churches, at rallies, and in the media (see www.SilentNoMore.com).

“I have spoken with Pope Francis on five occasions specifically about our work of healing those who have had abortions, and healing even abortionists who have killed tens of thousands of children. We at Priests for Life will continue to train and encourage our brother priests to be the heralds of mercy and compassion in the face of abortion. Truth and compassion are not in tension; they are both aspects of the same God. To treat someone with compassion includes sharing with them honestly the truth they need to hear, and to be fully truthful includes revealing the reality of compassion and mercy,” stated Fr. Pavone.

The relevant portion of the Pope’s letter today is as follows:

“One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life. A widespread and insensitive mentality has led to the loss of the proper personal and social sensitivity to welcome new life. The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. For this reason too, I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it. May priests fulfill this great task by expressing words of genuine welcome combined with a reflection that explains the gravity of the sin committed, besides indicating a path of authentic conversion by which to obtain the true and generous forgiveness of the Father who renews all with his presence.”

The full letter is at http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/09/01/0637/01386.html#ing

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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