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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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Fr. Frank Pavone Announces National Christian Voter Registration Sundays

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 13, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on all believers to participate in National Voter Registration Sundays to be held on June 29, July 6, and September 7 this year.

“Citizens do not have the luxury of ‘sitting out’ elections,” said Fr. Pavone. “When human life is at stake, when our very ability to freely practice our faith is under attack, we need to defend life and faith. God has given us an opportunity to do exactly that by voting. That’s why this year’s Voter Registration Sundays are crucial.”

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 the official days of these registration efforts this year are the Sundays before and after Independence Day and the Sunday before 9/11, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

“Priests for Life has a wealth of material at PoliticalResponsibility.com that explains how to have a voter registration day in your church, spelling out the activities that all churches and charitable non-profit groups are legally permitted to do,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no legal reason for pastors or churchgoers to refrain from having registration drives at church. On the contrary, we should feel impelled to do so.”

Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, observed that there is a historical connection to this year’s registration drives.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “We have seen in these last five decades how the right to vote has helped guarantee the civil rights of all Americans of any color. Our right to vote today can help restore and protect the civil rights of all Americans of any stage of life.”

The Family Research Council, a chief sponsor of the National Voter Registration Sundays, states on its website, “Christians can have a positive impact on elections and ultimately our nation’s future….Yet every election millions of Christians fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. We can help our people obey Christ’s command to participate in government (Matt. 22:21) by encouraging voter registration and voting Christian values.”

Priests for Life has formed a national “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com) to foster joint non-partisan efforts among national groups. Members of the Coalition are promoting the Voter Registration Sundays. For instance, Chris Slattery, founder and President of Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, said, “Getting ourselves, our family, friends, church and pro-life contacts to register to vote is more important than ever. Let’s take the time to get involved with voter registration drives, especially on the dates promoted here.”

Jo Tolck, Executive Director of the Human Life Alliance, simply declared, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Remember to register! Remember to vote!”

More information on the National Christian Voter Registration Sundays is available from Priests for Life at http://www.priestsforlife.org/vote/.

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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Why Won’t Nancy Pelosi Listen?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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First, Father Frank Pavone, thank you for having the heart to reach out to Mrs. Nancy Pelosi to remind her of the position of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of life. She says that she is a responsible and respectful Catholic, so maybe she just hasn’t had time to remember the teachings of the Church. How can she say that she is a practicing Catholic when she admits her faith doesn’t line up with the teachings of the church? I pray that thousands will sign on to your open letter to Mrs. Pelosi, and demand some answers to the hard questions you are asking her.

My question is this? Why won’t she listen to the cries of the babies and their mothers who keep dying from abortions? Does she really not care that women and babies are suffering great pain and dying from so called legal abortions? In RECALL ABORTION, Janet Morana tells about all of the dangers that mothers may not even know about when they are considering abortion. After an abortion, the babies usually end up dead, and sometimes mothers die too. Why won’t Nancy Pelosi listen?

Yesterday, Glenn Beck and I were discussing abortion on The Blaze. Glenn tends to just speak from his heart and admit his shortcomings, which is hard to do for most of us. Glenn said that he doesn’t like to deal with the abortion issue. He says it makes it uncomfortable, but when God told him that if he doesn’t deal with how wrong abortion is, God will get someone else to do it. I got the strong impression that Glenn is more uncomfortable with letting God down than not talking about abortion. And as you know, since you are right on the firing line all the time, we need help! We need many more people to join you and address Mrs. Pelosi and everyone else who is avoiding the uncomfortable truth that abortion hurts women and kills babies and sometimes their mothers. I’ll be helping tomorrow during the Tweetfest and I hope others will join in to demand that Mrs. Pelosi answer the questions.

Our friend Kevin Burke keeps telling people about how abortion hurts fathers too, how they regret their lost fatherhood. His blog today is so very compelling. I’m glad that he shared the Flypsyde testimony, and there’ the mention of a trip to California with some of the authors of LIFE AT ALL COSTS. By the way, it is such a blessing for Kevin, me and all the Priests for Life Associates, staff and well wishers to join you in this constant battle for life.

Finally I’ll close after this last news note before this blog begins to sound like a rant. My youngest sons, young men in their early twenties, have been following the Trayvon Martin murder and George Zimmerman’s trial. You may recall that I once said that Trayvon’s death was a “late, late term abortion because he was killed in the prime of life. Too many young people are dying today, the youngest being the babies in the womb.

I know that there are many civil rights battles going on right now, and I am very grateful that people are paying attention to everything from love and marriage, who has the right to vote, who will be able to go to college, how should we treat immigrants, who can have a job and so many other issues. However, I join you in working harder to keep the truth about abortion and the painful impact it has on our families and communities before Mrs. Pelosi and indeed all of our leaders, be they spiritual or political.

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We Need Christians To Pray This Prayer Now Throughout America.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

•CORPORATE PRAYER : November 6th we pray as one voice…Don’t miss this powerful 5 minutes of praying exactly the same words. God Save and Bless America!

Father God, Lord and Master of all the earth, today we’re gathered together as one voice, one nation, and one family. We acknowledge you as the one and only God, that because of Jesus we gratefully can also honor and call our Father. Together we declare and receive your promise that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” We need your blessing Father, so please place your hand upon the heart of this country and your people and cause our hearts to beat in rhythm with your purpose. We speak with a loud and clear voice so the heavens will hear our praise and glory to the name that is above every name!

This is the day you have made, and it is to you we direct our attention, as we listen to your voice of wisdom. Today people all over this country are going to utilize the great freedom of choice given to each citizen by going to their respective polls where men and women will be selected to lead this great land. We are here raising our voices, letting you know that though there are multiple opinions about every candidate, there is only ONE that matters. We choose to stand with you Father. We choose what you choose…that the lives of the unborn are precious in your sight, that marriage is sacred between a husband and wife, that the poor and elderly, widows and orphans are dear to your heart and should not be trampled upon, that there is one God and only one, and upon this truth, our country, America, was established.

We ask that you illuminate the candidates that are most aligned with you. Bring them to the office that will best suit your purpose and use their gifts. And for the one that is to lead this great nation, let the one who will hold the most important position in the world, have a heart for you and your holy wisdom, given liberally to all who ask. May they grow in their faith each day they are in office. Cause them to walk in righteousness as they lead our country honorably and with integrity here at home and with those allies to whom we have allegiance. For righteousness exalts a nation.

You have called us the head and not the tail…the first and not the last, the people of your pasture, the flock under your care, the chosen generation! So please restore to us our FIRST love, helping us not to succumb to the temptations of this world in any choices that we make, but rather to walk with our heads held high because we belong to you and are the called according to your purpose! As we vote this day, may we vote with wisdom, conscience and love, according to your life and Word that is within us.

Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth…in this country, in this election, and in us …as it is in heaven! For its all about your kingdom and your glory forever and ever. Now…Let heaven make a record of this prayer, prayed on this day at this hour by this people, offered in the mighty and perfect name of our Savior and King, Jesus. Amen

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Could Have Been Me!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

There is plenty of time to vote today. As you go to the ballot box I urge you to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues and cast a responsible vote that will take this country in the direction that is best for America.

Check out Billy Graham’s message on voting Biblical Values

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Stereotyping At The Polls And In The Entertainment Arena

Monday, November 5th, 2012

“The bottom line is simple: If a black person does a good impression of a thief, drug addict, prostitute, maid or athlete, you’ve got yourself a touchdown. The worst thing you can do, however, is play a role that communicates intelligence, integrity or courage….that’s “not realistic.” - Dr. Boyce Watkins

All African Americans don’t vote for abortion and homosexuality and African American actors deserve more Oscars for noble roles rather than for demeaning parts that get too much Oscar buzz these days. Please be patient with me, I’m going to make a connection in a moment. To be perfectly honest, I was very weary of all the political hype surrounding America’s presidential election, which is tomorrow by the way. So I decided to take three of my adult children for sushi and a movie. I truly wish now I had just gone back into my prayer closet and kept praying for forgiveness and mercy because of the troubled times we are experiencing. But I wanted a breather, so off to the restaurant and movies we trekked. I forgot for a moment how much Training Day featuring Denzel Washington traumatized me a few years ago, making me promise myself to be very careful when considering seeing another Washington film. I had seen the trailers, and the movie seemed harmless enough. Well, harmless it was not. Please read Dr. Boyce’s full review here. http://www.kulturekritic.com/2012/11/men/dr-boyce-denzel-was-brilliant-but-an-oscar-for-his-latest-film-would-be-racist/

After the movie, which had so much gratutious profanity and nudity that I kept exclaiming aloud how ridicuously unnecessary it all was. DENZEL WASHINGTON IS A BRILLIANT ACTOR, no doubt about that. And the movie had some notable teaching moments all in all. Yet the raw portrayal of the main character and the admittedly talented caricature of the evangelical co-pilot and his wife neutralized some of the good that should have been the high point of the film.

What does this have to do with political stereotyping? Well, many people believe that there are few, if any, African Americans who will not vote for President Obama in the coming election. Of course, the numbers from 2008 clearly bear this thought pattern out. But what about the African Americans who won’t vote for President Obama? If anyone was listening or really cared about the African Americans who is appalled by the abortion/homosexual marriage agenda, they could discover that all African Americans do not favor killing innocent babies or breaking down the natural family with lifestyles like abortion, homosexuality, fornication and adultery.

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT BLOG. THIS IS NOT TELLING ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR. THIS IS ALVEDA BEING SICK AND TIRED OF PERSONALITY CONTESTS AND STEREOTYPING WHILE AMERICA IS IN CRISIS!

In a few hours, the elections will be over. Things most likely won’t go back to “business as usual” though. At least we had better pray they don’t. It’s time to repent people, get it right. Admit that we don’t know everything and let God take the reins. WAKE UP!

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A Prayer For Our Nation As We Prepare To Elect Our Leaders (También En Español)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(En Español)

O, Dios

te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por tu ley,
La cual fue aceptada por los Padres de la Patria
Y reconocida como superior a cualquier ley humana.

Te damos las gracias por la oportunidad que este año de elecciones pone ante nosotros,
De ejercer el deber solemne no sólo de votar,
Sino de influenciar a un sinnúmero de personas para que voten,
Y para que voten correctamente.

Señor, pedimos que tu pueblo despierte.
Haz que se den cuenta de que aunque en la política no está su salvación,
Su respuesta a ti requiere que sean políticamente activos.

Alerta a tu pueblo para que sepa que no están llamados a ser una secta que huye del mundo,
Sino una comunidad de fe que renueva al mundo.

Hazles ver que las mismas manos que se elevan a ti en oración
Son las que halan la palanca en las urnas electorales al votar;
Que los mismos ojos que leen tu Palabra
Son los ojos que leen los nombres en la boletas electorales,
Y que no dejan de ser cristianos
Al entrar a votar en las urnas.

Dispón a tu pueblo a comprometerse con la justicia
Con la santidad del matrimonio y con la familia,
Con la dignidad de cada vida humana,
Y con la verdad de que los derechos humanos comienzan cuando comienza la vida humana,
Ni un minuto más tarde.

Señor, nos alegramos hoy
De ser ciudadanos de tu reino.
Que esto nos haga ser los más comprometidos
En ser ciudadanos fieles en la tierra.Te lo pedimos por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

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God Is Calling You To Be A Prophet For Life This Election!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Yes, YOU!

God placed you here at this moment for a reason. And I believe He did so because He wants YOU to tell all those you know that they have a grave moral obligation, not merely to vote …

… but to VOTE PRO-LIFE.

After all, if a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how can we expect him to respect ours?

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Don’t Stay Home. Get Out and Vote!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Clarence McKee is right and women need to vote. Much is at stake this election, not just for babies but for women.

Pray, go the polls, and pray again before you cast your vote. Vote God’s values.

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Separation of Church and State – Amazing how many people don’t know…

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Someone wrote to me on Facebook yesterday, saying that it is wrong for Christians to promote voting Biblical values because of the Separation of Church and State. The writer spoke of being offended because I was coming against the sanctity of Separation of Church and State by asking people to pray to God before voting, and vote God’s values. People think that the original intent of SOCAS was to keep God’s Church from ruling the government. Actually, the opposite is true. Separation of Church and State is intended to prevent exactly what the government is trying to do currently. The government is attempting to muzzle the voice of God’s people by punishing the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

 

THE HISTORICAL TEST: THE JUDICIAL STANDARD EMERGING FROM COLONIAL POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY TO BE APPLIED TO CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES BASED ON THE RELIGION CLAUSES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

by
Tayra de la Caridad Antolick
© May 2002

The Law and Liberty Foundation gratefully acknowledges the author’s permission to use this Brief as part of the Foundation’s mission of “education in the public interest.” (Click on the author’s name above to read about her.) The popular idea of Separation of Church and State is one of the most intellectually dishonest, and legally indefensible ideas to ever come down the pike. John Sterling

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Excerpt:

 

The current use of the “wall of separation” between church and state as a legal defense for the removal of the expression of American religious culture from governmental institutions and the prohibition of the free exercise of individuals working within them goes contrary not only to the original intent of the Founders and the Framers but also to the religious, political, and legal history and traditions of the United States of America. Courts, county school boards, teachers, and individuals, unwittingly devoid of the knowledge of the substantial role religion (primarily Protestant Christianity) played in the birth and formation of the United States are taking the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment beyond its scope: they are using it as a weapon against the free exercise of religion and abusing it by extending its interpretation beyond separating the jurisdiction of each institution. If the historical reasons or contentions for the separation of church and state were to be applied to the Establishment Clause as they were argued, it can be deduced that neither Congress nor any state legislature, after the incorporation of the First Amendment to the states, has never violated the clause, since there has never been a governmental declaration of a legally recognized national denomination or religion. The two jurisdictions have remained separate since the beginning. However, the presence of American religious culture within the public sphere has also been present since the birth of this country. Therefore, the “separation of church and state” can only be interpreted as the separation of jurisdiction of each institution and not the separation of the American religious culture from the public sphere.

 

Jefferson’s reply to them reassured that the “wall of separation” was a wall barring only the legislative body of government, the external entity, from establishing a particular sect of the Christian religion and prohibiting the free exercise of all religion. The text does not indicate that the people are barred from any action. Contrary to Kramnick and Moore’s view that “a wall of separation, after all, prevents trespassing in both directions,” [61] the First Amendment is only prohibiting one party from such trespass. A physical wall may prevent two parties from trespass, but a legal wall may prevent only one party from acting—much like an injunction—and that one party is the legislative branch, whether it is Parliament or Congress (emphasis added).

It is not difficult to deduce from historical revolutionary pamphlets and other documents that the consensus among the colonists and the consequent intent of the Framers was that government could not bestow special privileges to one Christian sect and deny them to others. Government could not legislatively establish one Christian sect over another in the same manner that the Church of England was the national church nor could government compel members of nonconformist religions to pay taxes to support a government-approved established religious institution. If one sect was endowed with special privileges, all should receive the same consideration. Furthermore, government could not bar anyone from public office because of the content of his or her religious convictions or lack thereof. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has already effectively accomplished all these goals, and participation in the republican form of government guarantees representation in the legislature to secure the equal treatment. Nothing in the Clause or in the historical record alludes to the prohibition of government funding of religion as long as it is available to all religions, even if one religion is in the majority within a particular community. Thus, the Dworkin “conception” within the Establishment Clause is very narrow. Its enlargement can occur only by ignoring colonial history.

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