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Fr. Pavone: “It’s Time to Act Like the Winners We Are”

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Date: November 11, 2016

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Priests for Life building on Election Day Victories

NEW YORK — “We won!” stated Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in reference to the elections, and Priests for Life is wasting no time to start using the opportunity that this victory presents for the unborn children.

Starting on the day after Election Day, Fr. Pavone and the team of Priests for Life began mobilizing and organizing grassroots pro-life activists to build on the victories won in the elections.

“We were joined by hundreds of activists as well as national pro-life leaders from across the country on an evening webcast we convened on Wednesday, November 9th. We have also begun reaching out to our friends in Congress, to start the process of implementing the next steps in protecting the unborn and shutting down the abortion industry.

“In particular, we will start immediately with an action alert to all our followers, asking them to thank the House leadership and the members of the Select Panel in Infant Lives for their work, and to express our desire to see that work continue in the 115th Congress.

“The Select Panel was one of the most important aspects of the work of the 114th Congress,” said Fr. Pavone. “With subpoena power, this panel is beginning to shed light on the practice of late-term abortion in the United States, and on the other ways in which the abortion industry is corrupt. There is more to uncover, and we look forward to working with the members of the panel until the job is done.”

The issue of late-term abortion, which the American public strongly opposes, was raised in the Presidential campaign and the debates, as it became clear that in contrast to the Republican party, which declares that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed” (2016 platform) the Democratic party wants to do away with all regulations, no matter how reasonable, on abortion and has never seen an abortion it is willing to ban.

“The pro-life side won this election,” declared Fr. Pavone, “and now we intend to act like the winners we are. We are going to build on the momentum we have. The same wonderful grassroots people who helped win this election are now going to stay together, stay active, and actually implement the protection of the unborn that motivated us to vote in the first place. We’ve lived through eight years of the Obama regime and its unmitigated support of abortion. Now it’s our turn, and we’re not going to lose this opportunity to advance the protection of the unborn.

“Moreover, we will challenge Democratic elected officials — who with very few exceptions follow their pro-abortion party line — to stop hiding the extremism of their position and to describe what they defend. The last thing that abortion supporters want to discuss is abortion; they are afraid to tell the American people that the abortion procedure is dismemberment and decapitation. They don’t talk about the arms and legs being twisted off the bodies, or the skulls being removed in fragments. If they think abortion is such a great thing for America, they should at least have the honesty to tell people what it is. We certainly will, both with words and pictures and videos. As we begin to reverse the pro-abortion Democratic policies, we will continue to press this challenge: Describe what you defend,” promised Fr. Pavone.

In addition to working with Congress, Fr. Pavone and Executive Director Janet Morana continue, in their capacity as private citizens, to communicate with their colleagues alongside whom they served as members of the Pro-life Coalition and also the Catholic Advisory Group of the Trump Campaign.

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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Responding to Election Results, Evangelist Alveda King asks: “What’s Next?”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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Staten Island, New York – “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1

Amidst shouts of “we did it” in the victory of Mr. Donald Trump and others elected last night; and for some tears of frustration that some not so favorite candidates won and their favorites lost in the presidential, senate, house and gubernatorial bids, there is a voice calling from Heaven’s courts: “Come together in Agape Love for as the “One Blood” of Acts 17:26.”

“Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice and the nations with fairness.” Psalm 97

Let’s remember that God has the final say in who ascends to seats of power and who does not. God has decided the outcome. “We the People” have voted in 2016, advancing a shift for the sanctity of life, family and community. The election is over. Now what?

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities; for all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.” Romans 13:1-2

For “in spirit and in truth” Christians what happens moving ahead is our focus. Yesterday is now history.

At the turn of the century, America faced a crossroads. What would the new millennium bring to us? In many ways, for the first decade and subsequent years, until yesterday, America was embroiled in civil unrest. Infractions on moral values were strained past a point of endurance. Economic upheaval threatened to topple our economy. Racial tensions mounted. War loomed over our nation, threatening our very existence. That too is now history. Right now today, it is time to appeal to God for the healing of our nation. Men and women in leadership and all of the people in this nation and around the world do not have the power to accomplish this feat alone. Yet: “With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

The spiritual community must now keep praying, listening to and following, and obeying God. No matter what humans say, God has allowed Mr. Trump to rise thus far. What happens next is up to God.

“Don’t be misled [deceived] –you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest [reap] what you [sow] plant.” Galatians 6:7

Finally, we must always remember that no human can save America or the world. Only the God of John 3:16 can do that! More will be revealed in the days ahead. During this shift of power, please pray for a peaceful transition among the governing branches of America and the world. Please pray that the people of faith in the God of Heaven and Earth become more committed in prayer and obedience to God.

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Father Pavone and Alveda King Urge Voters to Get to the Polls

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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Date: November 8, 2016

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NEW YORK — On the final day of what seemed like the longest and most acrimonious election season in history, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, urged voters to get themselves, and as many others as possible, to the polls for today’s election.

“Today we are voting on the direction our nation will take for the next generation,” said Father Pavone. “This election can go either way, and I urge every voter to use his or her vote to advance the culture of life, as our bishops have urged us.”

Father Pavone noted that exit polls can be interesting but are not necessarily accurate.

“No voter should be swayed one way or another by an exit poll suggesting their candidate will win or lose,” he said. “Democracy only works when we participate and are undeterred.”

Evangelist King noted that the lives of millions of unborn children both here and abroad are at stake.

“A pro-abortion candidate will immediately move to fund abortion overseas and will try to eliminate the law that keeps taxpayers from having to fund abortion,” she said. “Euthanasia proponents also will be empowered to spread their toxic ideology. But pro-lifers have a chance, at the polls, to protect Americans from the womb to the tomb.”

On behalf of the entire Priests for Life Pastoral Team, Father Pavone and Ms. King urged voters to “Be a voice, not an echo. Vote pro-life now. And join us today in praying for our nation at www.ElectionPrayer.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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Majority of voters in online poll choose pro-life as most important issue

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Date: November 7, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fifty-two percent of voters who took part in a Priests for Life online poll last week said pro-life is a priority as they vote.

A total of 2,227 people responded to the poll, which asked them to identify – by an open question rather than multiple choice – the top issue that will influence their vote, and whether they intend to vote Democrat or Republican.

Of that total, 1,173, or 52.6 said the pro-life issue was their number one priority.

Other issues that were listed as priorities included traditional marriage and religious freedom.

More than 81 percent, or 1,818 people, said they intend to vote Republican.

“I think these results bode well for our country,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “In many past elections, polling conducted by the National Right to Life Committee has shown that a significant portion of the electorate takes the abortion issue as a major consideration in casting their vote, and that of those who do so, pro-life people outvote abortion supporters by a two to one margin. Our poll is not a scientific one (it is based simply on an email subscription list), but the findings are consistent.”

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’s Father Imbarrato celebrates pre-Election Day Masses at EWTN

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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NEW YORK – In these crucial last days leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8, EWTN has invited Priests for Life full-time Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato to celebrate its televised morning Mass. The mass is broadcast worldwide on television, radio and internet (EWTN.com), in English and Spanish. In the United States alone, the television broadcast reaches some 95 million homes.

Father Imbarrato’s full schedule for these Masses is as follows:

Monday, October 24; Tuesday, October 25; Wednesday, October 26; Thursday, October 27; Monday, October 31; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; Sunday, November 6; Monday, November 7; and Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

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Fr. Pavone stresses the moral imperative of voting — and voting for life

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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Date: October 21, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Do the U.S. government and the Supreme Court have the authority to permit the killing of a baby?

That was the question Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, asked during a press conference yesterday at the National Press Club here.

During the event – titled Elections 2016: Moving to Higher Ground – Father Pavone was flanked by Catholic priests and a deacon as he stressed the moral imperative of voting, and voting for life.

“We are in the midst of a critically important election cycle,” Father Pavone said. “Voting is not only a right, it’s an obligation. It’s part of the responsibility that citizens have for the common good.”

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Fr. Pavone – Debate Makes Candidates’ Positions on Human Life Crystal Clear

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Date: October 19, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued the following statement on the third presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“The candidates agreed on one important point – in this election, the Supreme Court is the central issue of the campaign. But that’s where the agreement ends.

“Mrs. Clinton defended partial-birth abortion, falsely stated that China no longer has forced abortions, and said it was ‘scare rhetoric’ to say that babies are ‘ripped from the womb’ at nine months. Mr. Trump said that he finds partial-birth abortion unacceptable and that he will appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion law back to the states.

“The facts are that babies actually are torn limb from limb by dismemberment abortions. To say they are ‘ripped from the womb’ is not ‘scare rhetoric,’ it’s simply descriptive of what happens in abortions. As for the claim that China does not perform forced abortions on women anymore, human rights experts will vehemently disagree.

“The most crucial fact for this election is that the next President will appoint at least one and possibly two or three justices to the Supreme Court. Our future and the future of countless children’s lives are at stake in this race.”

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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Fr. Pavone Joins Call for Civil Disobedience in California

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on pregnancy centers violates First Amendment

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has joined Dr. James Dobson in calling for civil disobedience in California, where the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that pregnancy help centers must promote abortion.

“People who care about the sanctity of life cannot ignore this violation of the First Amendment,” Father Pavone said. “Henry David Thoreau wrote that when a person’s conscience clashes with the law, the conscience must win. And the apostles declared, We must obey God rather than men! Clearly this is an instance where conscience must win.

“In upholding California’s Reproductive FACT Act, the Ninth Circuit insists that the state’s pregnancy centers – most of which do not receive any state funding – must tell mothers where they can get a state-funded abortion. This is diametrically opposed to the very reason these centers exist, namely, to help mothers facing an unexpected pregnancy to choose life.

“I urge pro-life Californians, and all those who treasure the U.S. Constitution, to engage in peaceful and prayerful acts of civil disobedience by simply refusing to provide any information to any mother about how she can have her child killed. This fight is not over.”

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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Elections 2016: Moving to Higher Ground

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Date: October 18, 2016

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Priests for Life to host press conference Thursday at National Press Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, along with other Catholic priests, will host a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 20 called Elections 2016: Moving to Higher Ground.

In an attempt to move beyond the mudslinging and to address instead what should be the most consequential moral debate in this election, Fr. Pavone and the other priests will challenge the candidates, the parties and the voters with the foundational issue of protecting the right to life of children in the womb.

There will also be a challenge to pastors to inform their people of what the Church has said about the primary importance of the abortion issue. The priests will call on their brother priests to stop censoring themselves through exaggerated interpretations of the Johnson Amendment.

The priests will also address the moral obligation to vote, even when the choices are difficult, and will urge voters not to sit out the election.

The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. in the Murrow Room, 13th floor, of the National Press Club, located at 529 14th St. NW.

Priests for Life also will have a full-page ad in the Washington Times and several diocesan newspapers on Thursday, and the National Catholic Register will carry as an insert Priests for Life’s non-partisan comparison of the Republican and Democratic Party platforms.

“Let’s make a few things clear,” Fr. Pavone emphasized. “Candidates and political parties that support the legality of abortion support, according to Pope Saint John Paul II, a ‘tyrant state.’ And pastors need to proclaim this clearly from the pulpit… and if they don’t, we will challenge them to explain why. Moreover, to those who are not voting because they don’t like either candidate, our message is that this election is not about what makes you feel good, but about the common good.”

Opportunities for one-on-one interviews will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Murrow Room.

To drive home the point that there is no more urgent moral issue than abortion, the press conference will include medical diagrams of what abortion does to the child.

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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Fr. Pavone Asks Catholic Priests, Laity to Call on Mrs. Clinton to Denounce Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

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Date: October 14, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Catholic priests and deacons and lay parishioners to urge Hillary Clinton to apologize for and fire staff members who expressed anti-Catholic views in emails recently exposed by Wikileaks.

“It’s one thing to disagree with Church teaching on abortion and other matters,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s quite another to form organizations to try to subvert Church doctrine and to insult and demean those who adhere to it. The bigotry revealed by current Clinton campaign leaders in those emails is both appalling and unacceptable.”

Emails released by the Wikileaks organization show that Clinton campaign head John Podesta helped organize liberal groups to attack Catholic teaching. They also show exchanges between Jennifer Palmieri, now the communications director for the Clinton campaign, and John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, in which people who convert to Catholicism are portrayed as insincere and conservative doctrines of the Church are called a “bastardization of the faith.”

“Priests for Life has asked Catholic priests and deacons around the country to call on Mrs. Clinton to apologize for these insulting and demeaning remarks about Catholics and to fire those who made them,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We have seen this approach before in reference to the Catholic Church, all the way back to Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who founded the abortion industry and said he and his colleagues knew that the Church was their biggest obstacle and had a sophisticated strategy to blunt the Church’s influence.”

“We have also seen Mrs. Clinton assert (at the 2015 Women in the World Summit https://youtu.be/Yj1T1gP4Q9M) that religious beliefs need to be changed in order to advance women’s rights, and we at Priests for Life have had to fight all the way to the Supreme Court for our right to live out our faith against the HHS mandate. The religious freedom of Christians is in danger, and the attitudes and actions revealed in these emails do not help,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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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