Viewing the Election from a Prophetic Vantage Point

November 2nd, 2016

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While Christian leaders are still taking sides in the current elections there is yet a non-partisan place in the spirit where we can speak justice and mercy to all, including to all candidates.

Open letters are useful from various vantage points. I’ve signed a few myself.

We need help.

Speaking prophetically:

Consider Vashti and Esther:
Two women, living in a system of female oppression in a harem. When married to the king, they responded to a crisis from two vantage points. We learn from Vashti that indignation without prayer ends in short-circuited justice. Vashti responded with emotions. Esther prayed and sought divine solutions, and won justice for herself and her people.

Consider Sarah and Hagar:
A wife and concubine in competition started the longest family feud in history. While both of their sons by Abraham received God’s blessing, the battle over being the bloodline for the earthly entry of the Messiah has caused a rift that needs the healing power of Agape.

A Civil Rights Lens:

Consider Michelle and Hillary:

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As the daughter of former slaves and a daughter of former slave owners, they embrace the pro- abortion agenda. It’s no coincidence that they are married to two of America’s most powerful icons.

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” MLK (sons and daughters/humanhood – One Blood/Acts 17:26)

Yet how can the dream survive if we murder the children? As we connect the dots, racism, reproductive genocide, poverty and sexual perversion are common enemies that must be defeated.

In this election cycle we are coming full circle, facing a deep wound in the wombs of the women of America. The Barren and Post-Abortive Woman, Vashti and Hagar must be healed; and Queen Esther and Sarah must fast and pray as America returns to God.

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. – Isaiah 54

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called… Isaiah 54

The struggle now is to rise above the emotional fray and pray according to this excerpt from Charisma Magazine:

[We as] “Christians are not given the option of letting their [our] disagreement with their [our] political leaders prevent [us] them from praying for those leaders. The apostle Peter wrote that believers are to “submit yourselves to every human authority for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king, as supreme, or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and to praise those who do right. … Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:13-14, 17).

Similarly, Paul wrote to Timothy, “Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1-3).

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Easter 4:14

Where are the prophetic voices that rise above politics? The generations now and ahead are hanging in the balance:

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.” Isaiah 54

The struggle continues. With repentance; forgiveness one to another and for ourselves; and faith, Agape Love, we shall overcome. Pray for America.

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An urgent Election message from Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life.

October 26th, 2016

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Don’t vote for sin!

“Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced [leaders] men, and I will appoint them as your heads.” Deuteronomy 1:13

Dear Brothers and Sisters, you are in our prayers at Civil Rights For The Unborn. In regards to your many inquiries regarding your important choice for voting this year, here are some links for your attention. There’s more information available at Priests for Life and Civil Rights for the Unborn. Please review and sign our open letter!

As you know, it’s so important that we always embrace the sanctity of life. One way to do that is to vote Prolife in every election.

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“Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights …
“Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law …
“Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of good will …
“Give us the ballot and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will do justly and love mercy …
“Give us the ballot and we will quietly and nonviolently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Court’s decision of May 17, 1954.” — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We Have The Ballot. Now what? Pray for America and let’s Vote For Life!

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19

God bless you in the days ahead.

Evangelist Alveda King

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

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

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

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

October 19th, 2016

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Date: October 19, 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

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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Not your grandfather’s Party

October 17th, 2016

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Date: October 17, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today released a “timeline” showing some of the changes in the Democratic Party Platform between 1952 and 2016. It quotes from the party platforms for most of the intervening versions of it (issued every four years), and focuses on three issues of key concern to many citizens: abortion, sexual morality, and gay marriage.

This document shows that the worldview and policy preferences of the Democratic party today are not what they were in the past, and the change brings that worldview farther away from that of the Christian and Biblical faith on basic matters of morality.

“Moral corruption is not only found in individuals; it is also found in laws, public policies, party platforms, and court decisions,” explained Fr. Pavone. “As the U.S. Bishops have indicated, we should not vote merely according to party loyalty, but according to principle. To do that, we have to know how the party platforms have changed. Anyone, furthermore, who builds walls against the smallest children, keeping them from the right to be born, is not acting as a Christian.”

To see the Democratic party platform timeline, click here

To see a nonpartisan comparison of the Republican and Democratic platforms on a range of issues, click here.

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

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

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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