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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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Silent No More Founders Blast Results of Biased Study on Abortion Certainty

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Georgette Forney and Janet Morana, co-founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, today took issue with a study published in the journal Contraception that shows most women are sure of their decisions to have an abortion.

Mrs. Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, pointed out that four of the study’s five authors are affiliated with the pro-abortion University of California, San Francisco, and its Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) center.

“Has ANSIRH ever produced a study that showed abortion in a negative light,” Mrs. Morana asked. “I have never seen one. Also, the study selected 500 predominantly white women over 25, which is not a representative sample of women having abortions in the U.S.

“I know from my work in pro-life since 1989, with Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard, that coercion and uncertainty are prevalent among women who have abortions. This study does a disservice to women and to the unborn.”

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life, also noted the authors’ studies “always affirm their theories,” but said this study is virtually worthless, because even those women who were sure of their decisions report feeling regret afterward.

“When we talk about the pain and remorse that we feel after our abortions, we are told there is no such thing as after-abortion regret, and chances are ANSIRH has a biased study about that, too,” she said. “Those of us who have had abortions know the truth. Even if it seemed like an easy decision to make – because of what we saw as a lack of options – it was the worst decision, and it was irrevocable. This study is invalid and meaningless.”

To read what real women feel about their abortions, go to www.abortiontestimonies.com

The Campaign began November 11, 2002. As of January 2016, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,582 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,978 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 117 high schools and universities in the last 5 years, 14 in 2015. There are 2,405 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 395 that are shared via video! Currently there are 17,049 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Priests for Life Supports International Week of Prayer and Fasting October 2-10

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Date: October 3, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Priests for Life is once again pleased to support and promote the International Week of Prayer and Fasting, taking place from October 2-10, 2016. This event implores the Lord, especially through the Rosary, for the conversion of all nations, the building of a culture of life, and for peace and mercy upon the world.

Father Stephen Imbarrato, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, will speak at the all-day Eucharistic Prayer Vigil on Monday, Oct. 10 that will be the culmination of the week. The vigil will take place in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Ave. NE.

“No protest will be successful without prayer, so I am grateful to be speaking at this Eucharistic Vigil,” said Father Imbarrato, whose bishop gave him permission to do full-time pro-life work with Priests for Life in 2015. “Prayer is the cornerstone of the pro-life movement.”

Maureen Flynn, chairwoman of the organizing coalition, came up with the idea for a day of prayer when she saw a television news story about grandmothers who brought their grandchildren to a pro-abortion event. She spoke with a friend, John Down, who said a day of prayer wouldn’t be enough to counter the culture of death – a week of prayer and fasting would be necessary. The first event took place in 1989.

Priests for Life National Director Father Frank Pavone has been involved in the week since he was first invited to speak in 1996.

“This week of prayer and fasting – when we pray for our nation and our world and a culture of life – is particularly vital this year as we prepare to elect a new president,” Father Pavone said. “This election will deeply impact our pro-life efforts, so we must pray that all Americans vote, and vote correctly.”

Among the other speakers at the Eucharistic Vigil will include New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, who is a pro-life champion in Congress and with whom Priests for Life has collaborated on many projects. Marie Smith, his wife, is a member of the Pastoral Team of Priests for Life and heads up the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, working with legislators worldwide to advance the culture of life.

For more information on this week’s events, visit www.iwopf.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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Fr. Pavone to deliver address on the 2016 elections, religious freedom

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Date: September 20, 2016

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PLYMOUTH, MI — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will deliver a keynote address tonight on the elections, religious freedom and the HHS mandate during the annual dinner of the American Freedom Law Center.

Father Pavone also will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award during the event, along with Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Following tonight’s event, Father Pavone’s speech will be available on the Priests for Life website, and on his social media platforms.

“We have just weeks to go to decide the fate of our nation,” Father Pavone said. “I will use every opportunity between now and Election Day to spread the message that sitting out this election is not an option. The stakes are too high.
Unless a candidate who values life and religious liberty is elected to the White House, the United States, in short order, will become unrecognizable. We cannot let that happen.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven cases consolidated under Zubik vs. Burwell.

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 challenges ‘‘Catholics for Choice’ to describe what they defend

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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Date: September 16, 2016

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NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a nationwide advertising campaign that suggests abortion is sanctioned by the Catholic Church.

“As has been reported, the ‘Abortion in Good Faith’ campaign launched by Catholics for Choice — a D.C. based group that has no affiliation with the Catholic Church – is misrepresenting the Church’s unequivocal opposition to abortion no matter what the circumstances of the pregnancy. For the group to state that taxpayer-funded abortion is a Catholic social good is nothing but a politically motivated attempt to sow confusion.

“Long ago, the U.S. Bishops made it clear publicly that “Catholics for Choice” is not Catholic, and this recent campaign has prompted more clarification from individual bishops.

“This kind of campaign is a devious attempt to mislead Catholics, not only about what the Church teaches, but about what abortion is. If this group wants to defend abortion, let them describe it. I challenge them to say exactly what they mean when they use the word abortion.’ Are they saying taxpayers should fund the decapitation and dismemberment of living children? Let’s ask them, is this what you mean?”

Father Pavone also noted that most Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion.

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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American Freedom Law Center Names Fr. Pavone a “Freedom Fighter”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Date: September 1, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award Sept. 20 in Michigan during the American Freedom Law Center’s annual dinner.

Father Pavone is also the keynote speaker for the dinner at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. He will share a powerful message about the critical moment we face right now in America regarding religious freedom and in our national elections.

Sharing the Freedom Fighter Award with him will be Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (on whose Board of Directors Father Pavone serves).

“Each of these ‘freedom fighters’ has demonstrated exceptional courage in defense of religious freedom and the right to life,” said Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel. “We are honored to not only call them our ‘clients,’ but friends and fellow warriors in our fight for faith and freedom.”

Father Pavone said he is deeply honored by the award.

“Those who defend the unborn soon realize that they get treated like the unborn; their rights are also ignored,” he said. “The American Freedom Law Center stands up for our Constitution, however and wherever it is being challenged, so to have them bestow on me the Freedom Fighter Award is very humbling and deeply appreciated.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its ongoing challenge to the HHS mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

In February 2012, Priests for Life was the fourth organization in the nation to file suit against the mandate, which would force employers to be complicit in providing contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and sterilization to their employees. Houses of worship are exempt, but faith-based ministries like Priests for Life were only offered an “accommodation” that is still morally objectionable.

In March, the Supreme Court heard seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell, including the Priests for Life case. Rather than issue an opinion, the Court sent the cases back to lower appeals courts with the instruction that the government should try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the religious groups. That agreement has not yet been reached.

To reserve tickets for the dinner, go to www.americanfreedomlawcenter.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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Vote for America’s Good not “Lesser of Two Evils” Challenges Evangelist Alveda King

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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August 9, 2016

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This Presidential election, many are saying they will vote for the “lesser of two evils”. Won’t it be better to vote for “what’s good for America?” Voting on the issues trumps evil hearts and personalities.

A colleague writes:

“We hear the phrase: ‘lesser of two evils’ a lot…This year, we have witnessed much voting hand-wringing with many people of faith claiming that it is evil to ever vote for “the lesser of two evils”, or for any evil at all. I have concluded that this lesser of two evils phrase is really a canard; a false picture of the electoral choice. Yes, we should never ever vote for evil; only for good. Hence, in a binary election, we should only vote for the good. As for both candidates’ appearing to be evil, remember that all of us are a mix of good and evil.” (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

So, let’s overlook personal personality preferences; vote for the candidate with the greater potential to deliver on the issues most closely aligned with our faith and what is good for America.

This choice may be uncomfortable. But remember, we’re trusting God’s wisdom instead of a human candidate. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

For me, it’s sanctity of human life, procreation, racial justice, economic growth and stability, a positive work ethic, good health, safe borders, domestic harmony, good jobs, sustainable values based education, family stability, and a God guided U. S. Supreme Court; all biblical. Even the building of the wall; it’s not a first! Ezra and Nehemiah did that.

Walls aren’t evil; it’s the intent that’s important. If the walls protect the citizens and yet have gates of legal entry to those in need, or desirous of becoming U. S. citizens, such walls aren’t evil.

Note that in Nehemiah’s day, the people had a mind to work. Handouts and entitlements weren’t on the agenda. (Nehemiah 4:6 ASV)

Let’s pray and act now, and return to God; if not for ourselves, then for future generations.

Finally, let’s agree with Daniel in prayer:

“Oh Lord our God, “lean down and listen to [us]. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how [much of America] lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””

Amen.

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Rachel’s Vineyard to Host Latino Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Date: July 28, 2016

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Rachel’s Vineyard will host its first Latino Leadership Conference Aug. 1-3 in Cusco, Peru.

Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard — a ministry of Priests for Life, and the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion — will lead the conference with Eugenia Hadley, Rachel’s Vineyard Director of International Training in Spanish, and spiritual advisor Father Victor Salomon, a member of retreat teams in Washington, D.C., and Caracas, Venezuela.

Attendees are expected from nearly every country in South America.

“The Latino Leadership Conference will be a wonderful opportunity for members of our Spanish retreat teams to expand their education as we bring everyone together for three days of learning, fellowship and prayer in South America,” Dr. Burke said. “This is also a great way for those who are looking to learn more about Rachel’s Vineyard and post-abortion healing to network with volunteers and leaders from around the world.”

Since the first Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat was held in 1995, the ministry of post-abortion healing has grown from a single retreat site to more than 375 sites in 49 states and more than 70 countries. Retreats are offered in 37 languages, and the retreat manual has been translated into 22 languages. In 2002, Rachel’s Vineyard became part of the Priests for Life family of ministries.

This year, Rachel’s Vineyard’s global expansion continued with its first-ever retreat in South Africa. The Latino Leadership Conference reflects the ministry’s continued growth throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Pope Francis first became aware of the work of Rachel’s Vineyard when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires. When he met with Pope Francis in 2013, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, was told by the pontiff that “Rachel’s Vineyard is very good; it is an excellent work! Go forward with that!”

To arrange interviews before or after the Latino Leadership Conference, in English or Spanish, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org

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Fr. Frank Pavone Calls for Public Support for Priests for Life vs. HHS and Defense of Religious Liberty

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Date: July 25, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today urged religious believers to respond to the Obama administration’s new “Request for Information” in the ongoing controversy regarding the HHS mandate.

“If the government really wants to know what Americans think about its so-called HHS mandate, then let’s tell them,” said Fr. Pavone. “Believers need to speak up and let their voices be heard during the next two months.”

The government’s just-announced public comment period is the latest development in the more than four-year legal battle that Priests for Life and other religious non-profit groups have fought — all the way to the Supreme Court in the consolidated case of Zubik vs. Burwell — against the Obama administration’s attempt to force them to violate their faith. The HHS mandate, as written by federal bureaucrats, would involve religiously based organizations in the distribution of abortion causing drugs and other morally objectionable items to their employees.

Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower court decisions in Priests for Life vs. HHS and the six other related cases that the Court had heard. The lower courts had ruled against Priests for Life and the other petitioners, holding that the government could order religious charities, schools, and other entities to comply with its “contraceptive mandate” or pay crippling fines.

But the eight Supreme Court Justices sent Priests for Life’s case and six others back to lower federal appeals courts with the instruction that the parties involved should attempt to reach a resolution that “accommodates [the groups’] religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans ‘receive full and equal health coverage, including contra¬ceptive coverage.’”

And, in fact, conversations between the government and the petitioners have been ongoing. Now, however, the government is also asking for the public’s suggestions on how to achieve a resolution.

“We ask all believers to stand with Priests for Life and the many others who have fought against the government’s attack on religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “To assist the public, we are providing detailed guidance on how to participate in this comment period at www.IStandWithPFL.com.”

Included at www.IStandWithPFL.com are step-by-step instructions on how to file comments with the government by email, regular mail, express or overnight mail, or in-person delivery. Also posted at the website are helpful videos, talking points, articles and other materials explaining the HHS mandate, why it threatens the free exercise of religion, and how citizens can help defend against this threat by sending their opinions to the administration.

“The deadline for public comments is September 20,” Fr. Pavone concluded. “It’s imperative that those of us who value freedom of religion and human life make our voices heard as soon as possible!”

In addition to the updates that will be posted at www.IStandWithPFL.com, Priests for Life will also hold a public webcast to assist interested Churches, organizations, and private citizens to submit their comments in this public process. The date will be announced shortly at www.IStandWithPFL.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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