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Priests for Life Urges Supreme Court to Protect Clergy from Government Overreach

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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Date: September 23, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone announced today that Priests for Life (PFL) has joined with Catholic Action to file an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to accept a case involving the state of Louisiana’s attempt to force the Catholic Church to violate its sacrament of confession.

Fr. Pavone, National Director of PFL, said the lawsuit, Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux, is yet another example of government’s increasing intrusion into religion.

“No government entity has the right to tell a church what it can or cannot believe. It is not God,” he said. “The sacrament of confession has been one of the pillars of the Catholic Church for centuries, but now the state of Louisiana wants to dismantle it by forcing a priest to violate his sacred duty of confidentiality. This cannot and will not happen.”

Fr. Pavone continued: “The Constitution, the rules of evidence, and decades of case law say that government cannot force a priest to reveal what is said to him in a confessional. If a law enforcement official or judge tells a member of Priests for Life to violate the seal of confession, I will urge that priest to disobey that order and stay in jail as long as necessary to fight it.”

“Confession is not a mere ritual,” added Fr. Pavone. “It is a sacred ministerial practice, the violation of which by a priest can result in his excommunication from the Church. If the state requires us to choose between incarceration and excommunication, we will choose the jail cell. My prayer is that the Supreme Court will accept this appeal and reverse the Louisiana Supreme Court so that priests across the country do not have to make this decision.”

Fr. Pavone also said that if the state can force into public view statements made during confession, it will not just be priests who will be harmed.

“If there is no confidentiality in confession, the freedom of believers to confess their sins will be severely restricted,” he said. “Mothers and families impacted by abortion, in particular, will be discouraged from experiencing God’s forgiveness if they fear their confessions will be made public.”

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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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Priests for Life HHS Lawsuit Moves Forward; Latest Government “Accommodation” Is No Accommodation at All

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Date: September 18, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life (PFL), today announced that Priests for Life has responded to the Obama administration’s latest HHS mandate maneuver with a supplemental legal brief filed with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. Priests for Life’s lawsuit against the mandate is currently before that court, the second highest in the nation. Priests for Life was the first of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate to have oral arguments at the appellate level, back in May.

“The Obama administration keeps trying to put a new coat of paint on a house that cannot stand,” said Fr. Pavone. “The seventh and latest version of the HHS mandate is no different from the others that courts around the country have found unconstitutional. It is a violation of all Americans’ fundamental right to religious freedom.”

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently considering the appeal brought by Priests for Life and individual plaintiffs Fr. Pavone, PFL Executive Director Janet Morana, and PFL African American Outreach Director, Alveda King. The lawsuit challenges the Obamacare regulation requiring religious non-profit organizations to violate their religious beliefs by participating in the provision of abortion causing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations to employees or face crippling fines.

“Priests for Life will not comply in any way, shape or form with this latest ‘accommodation’ which is, in fact, no accommodation at all,” added Fr. Pavone. “If necessary, we will take this fight to the Supreme Court. No American should be forced by the government to violate his religious beliefs, especially when the government can achieve its policy goals in other ways.”

“They say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. By that definition, this administration should see a doctor,” stated Mrs. Morana. “This new accommodation is the same as the old accommodation that the Supreme Court indicated was unconstitutional. Logic would indicate that a real change in policy should be in order, but logic doesn’t seem to enter into the equation here.”

“Why this administration is intent on coercing religious believers to violate their faith defies understanding,” added Dr. King. “The President could easily find alternatives to the current HHS mandate, but he seems intent on imposing his will. If the choice is between obeying God or the Department of Health and Human Services, we will choose God every time.”

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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Davis, Gardner, King: Black Christian Pro-Life Women Urge Hollywood to Promote Justice for All

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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Please watch the message “one nation under God” here: http://youtu.be/YMET5aIDdOY

Then sign on to our National Black Prolife Coalition Hollywood letter at www.africanamericanoutreach.com.

An Open Letter to Tasha Smith, Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, Star Jones, Keli Goff, and other Black entertainers and media:

Atlanta, GA – In an open letter to celebrities, Alveda King of www.africanamericanoutreach.com, Catherine Davis of www.blackprolifecoalition.org, and Day Gardner of www.nationalblackprolifeunion.com write:

“By definition, an ambassador is “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” This definition settles the question some of us were debating about whether or not you are aware of what you are promoting when you speak for Planned Parenthood. It deeply saddens and, yes, angers us that you are representing, and actually promoting an organization whose mission is population control and whose goals are to specifically control the Black birth rate even if it results in genocide.”

Read entire letter and sign on at http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/open-letter-to-hollywood.aspx

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Calling All Former Abortionists and Abortion Workers

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Date: September 8, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that another Centurions Rehabilitation Program has been scheduled for August 7 – 15, 2015 in Victoria, Canada. This is a healing program for those who have worked in the abortion industry and have come out.

“Having met extensively a few weeks ago with my long-time friends Dr. Philip and Marie Ney, who established in 1996 the Society of Centurions, we laid out plans for 2015 and beyond to reach more people with the intensive healing that is needed after one has worked in the abortion industry. I have been privileged over the last two decades to be involved in offering this rehabilitation program for former clinic workers, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ney, a psychiatrist, has done the pioneer research in this area and established this program, based on his medical research. There are no quick fixes; the healing is hard work and lasts a lifetime.”

The rehabilitation program for next August involves a week of intense psychological and spiritual self-examination and healing exercises in a small, confidential group setting. Those who want to explore taking advantage of this unique model of healing can go to www.SocietyofCenturions.com to request more information through the online form. Individual consultation with Fr. Frank and others who are familiar with this process is available as preparations are made for the August gathering.

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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Priests for Life promotes National Voter Registration Sunday

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Date: September 5, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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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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New episodes this week on “Defending Life” and “The Catholic View for Women”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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Date: September 3, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — “Defending Life,” the longest-running and farthest-reaching television series on abortion, and “The Catholic View for Women,” a thought-provoking alternative to secular talk shows, will air new episodes on EWTN beginning this week.

“Defending Life,” which has been a part of the network lineup since 1995, will air at 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesdays and 11 p.m. ET on Thursdays. “The Catholic View for Women” will return for a fourth season with shows airing at 11 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

Co-hosts Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Father Denis Wilde, O.S.A., Associate Director, will kick off the 25th season of “Defending Life” with an episode about the importance of the November mid-term elections.

“Pope Francis urged us not to be afraid of ‘making trouble’ in order to advance the Gospel,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “What does that say about our approach to elections?”

Future episodes will cover topics including reversing chemical abortions, pro-life successes in closing abortion mills and what it’s like to work for Planned Parenthood. High-profile guests will include Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, Australia, and Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center. Muise will discuss the Priests for Life lawsuit against the HHS mandate, which is the lead case of the religious non-profit groups, and the first to have had oral arguments heard on the appellate level. A decision is expected soon.

Muise said this lawsuit “goes to the very core of Priests for Life’s reason for existing as an organization. The ministry is well situated – and perhaps best suited – to challenge the mandate and its application to non-exempt, nonprofit religious organizations.’ ”

The fourth season of the highly rated “The Catholic View for Women” promises controversy, conversion and plenty of Catholic conversation.

EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Joan Lewis will join hosts Astrid Bennett-Gutierrez, Janet Morana and Teresa Tomeo on the first episode for a discussion of two of the Church’s newest saints: Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII.

Future episodes will cover topics including care of the elderly and the wisdom we can gain from people in their later years; Pope Francis and the theology of women, and becoming a “24/7 Catholic.”

Other shows in this new season are sure to ignite controversy. A four-part series will take an in-depth look at the Church’s stance on homosexuality and what Pope Francis really meant when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge” comment.

“As we have in previous seasons, we try in each of these episodes to emphasize everything you can do as a Catholic, rather than everything you can’t do,” said Mrs. Morana, the executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “The Catholic Church has so much to offer women, and that’s what we hope to show all of our viewers.”

For more on the show, visit www.thecatholicviewforwomen.com

Referring to “Defending Life,” Father Wilde said: “We know our shows have an impact because people often write to tell us so. One letter, written by a graduate student at Purdue University, said the show ‘has inspired me to become more proactive in my pro-life efforts’ and the young woman thanked Priests for Life for ‘informing me about the awful truth of abortion, and for encouraging me to speak out against this injustice.’ “

Priests for Life urges viewers to promote the show to parishes and pro-life organizations.
For information about episodes, guests and air times, go to www.DefendingLife.tv

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

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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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Priests for Life to Continue Lawsuit Against #HHS Mandate

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Date: August 25, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, this morning released a statement regarding the new “accommodation” to the HHS mandate announced last week.

Father Pavone said: “On Friday afternoon, it was announced that the Obama Administration has come up with an alternate procedure for religious non-profit groups like Priests for Life, who object to the HHS mandate, to register their objection so that their employees can receive insurance coverage for immoral practices by other means.

“Despite this new announcement, we are proceeding full speed ahead with our lawsuit, which already had oral arguments on May 8 in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and which is therefore likely to be the first of the religious non-profit cases against the mandate to be decided at the appellate level.

“We are proceeding first of all because the regulation that burdens our religious freedom is still in effect, and secondly, because what we understand right now of the new rule still burdens our religious freedom.

“Many will ask, Why do you object to an action by which you register your objection?

“Let’s use a simple example. The government comes up with a plan to arbitrarily imprison children between 2 and 4 years old, and imposes on businesses the obligation to inform them of such children among the families of their employees.

“Any employer with a conscience is going to say, “I want nothing to do with this. If you’re going to imprison these children, you’re going to have to find them yourself. I won’t be sending you any information.”

“In the current case, we are being asked to be part of a process in which employees, if they want, can have coverage for abortion-inducing drugs (among others) precisely because they are our employees. Having someone else pay for it, and registering our objection to it, are not enough. We do not want to have any involvement in the process. We are not going to, in effect, tell the government, ‘Here are some of the people who aren’t covered! Be sure you don’t miss them, or the children they may want to kill.’

Bottom line: The government is on its own in this scheme to expand access to abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. We want a full exemption from this mandate, so that we have nothing to do with this scheme. If people want these drugs and the government wants to provide them, then the government will have to find a way to connect with them without our help. Our religion requires no less.”

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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Pro-Life Groups To Pray at Graves of Aborted Children

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Date: August 11, 2014

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National Day of Remembrance set for September 13

NEW YORK — Dug into the walls of the ancient Christian catacombs in the outskirts of Rome are countless small tombs, only a foot or two across. These are the burial places of infants cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure—a common practice of that time. Members of the Early Church, charged by Christ to love all their neighbors, offered these tiny victims of Roman cruelty the only act of love they could: to bury their little bodies and mourn for them in prayer.

This tradition of mercifully burying abandoned children continues in our own day with the “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children,” taking place on Saturday, September 13. Mourners across the country will visit the gravesites of aborted children, whose broken bodies were recovered from trash dumpsters and pathology labs and solemnly buried over the four decades of legal abortion in the United States.

Under the director of three national pro-life groups— Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League—simultaneous memorial services will be held at more than 40 such gravesites, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, “It’s sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That’s why we buried them, and that’s why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity.”

Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, stated, “Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter have actually been buried. The graves of these victims are scattered across America—graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent. As we visit these graves on September 13, we call upon our nation to remember these victims and bring an end to the injustice of abortion.”

“Abortion is not an abstract issue,” added Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs, but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints, but victims. By visiting the graves of the aborted unborn, we allow our hearts be broken for them, and we recommit ourselves to protecting other children from suffering the same fate.”

The first National Day of Remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prayer services were held at over 100 locations, with thousands of mourners participating. Response was so great that the National Day of Remembrance has been established as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday in September.

For more information about the National Day of Remembrance—including the stories behind the gravesites of aborted children and the locations of memorial services being held September 13, visit AbortionMemorials.com.

To arrange an interview with Monica Miller, Eric Scheidler, or Fr. Frank Pavone, contact Leslie Palma at leslie@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277.

Learn more about the sponsoring organizations by visiting their respective websites:
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society: http://ProLifeSociety.com
Priests for Life: http://PriestsForLife.org
Pro-Life Action League: http://ProLifeAction.org

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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