Calling All Former Abortionists and Abortion Workers

September 8th, 2014

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Date: September 8, 2014

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

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

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

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life promotes National Voter Registration Sunday

September 5th, 2014

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Date: September 5, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — The final National Voter Registration Sunday will take place this Sunday, Sept. 7.

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives.

While this Sunday will be the final official day of these registration efforts this year, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented on the importance of registering voters in time for the November elections.

“It’s mid-term election season, and the importance of an active and informed electorate is greater than it has ever been. The moral direction of America is largely in our hands. Our duty is not only to convert minds and hearts; it is to change laws and policies. And we do that by electing those who share our convictions about what those laws and policies should be.

“The first thing to do, practically, is to register to vote, and to call upon our pastors to have non-partisan voter registration drives in our parishes. Then we have to look closely at the races in our states, and find out who can, in our judgment, best advance the Culture of Life.”

For a list of Vote Pro-Life Coalition partners and to find practical suggestions on helping to get out the vote, go to www.VoteProLifeCoalition.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org

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New episodes this week on “Defending Life” and “The Catholic View for Women”

September 3rd, 2014

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Date: September 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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“Everything Has a Different “Why,” But the Results Still Make Me Cry.”

August 28th, 2014

MLK“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it….

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“Strength to Love,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

A young man is shot dead by a policeman in Missouri. A photojournalist is horrendously executed by Islamists. A dear friend’s niece and her baby are killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute.

Three non-related events have touched me deeply in recent days, each having a different “why,” but each making me cry.

I am on my way to Ferguson, Missouri now. There is grief, anger, and uncertainty there. But also there, somewhere, is the truth of how and why Michael Brown died.

That truth will be revealed in time.

We yearn, of course, for immediate answers and swift justice. There can be no justice, though, without truth. And without peace, the search for truth becomes more difficult.

In some instances, such as what happened to James Foley at the hands of ISIS or my friend’s niece and her baby at the hands of a rage-driven relative, the truth is plain to see. No explanation could possibly justify what their killers did. We know who the wrongdoers are and whatever their rationales for their actions, those rationales are woefully insufficient.

In the case of Michael Brown, we have conflicting reports as to the events that led to his shooting. The jury is not in. Yet, rather than wait for the truth, some have acted from a deep-seated sense that they already know the truth. In the name of “justice,” some victims have inflicted great injustices on themselves and the collective by turning to violence. In their pain and anger, they have brought more harm than good.

Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t have righteous anger at acts of oppression, hatred, or cruelty that are offenses before God. God’s Word teaches us, though, that we should be slow to anger. And we should be careful to distinguish human emotional outrage over an offense to ourselves versus an offense to God. God’s righteous anger is most powerful; seeking to restore righteousness, not trample upon it by committing more wrongs.

In my book KING RULES I write about how my uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and my father, the Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, knew injustice. They, like millions of other African Americans, needed no introduction; injustice greeted them virtually every day of their lives. But they also knew peace in their hearts, the peace that surpasses all understanding. And from this peace, they sought and achieved a modicum of justice for the masses.

three headed monster Revised2Yet Ferguson teaches us that the dream is still lacking. Until we slay the three headed beast of racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion, we still have mountains to climb and to overcome.

We live in a corrupt world. Yet God’s Word teaches us not to repay evil with evil. Instead we must live to overcome evil with good.

When Jesus was being wrongly arrested by the Romans, Peter took up a sword and cut off a soldier’s ear. Jesus responded, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” In compassion, Jesus healed the wounded soldier who had come to arrest him.

Wow! That’s a higher frequency that we should tune into our heart. Love overcoming hate.

As men of God, and students of history, Uncle M.L. and Daddy understood that violence begets violence. Violence is often borne of rage. And rage destroys – not only neighborhoods, but also lives. Rage is borne of hate. And hate does not seek the truth, but rather spawns victims. And victims seek other victims to make them suffer as they’ve suffered. Hurting people hurt people. And on and on and on souls fall towards a yawning abyss.

As Uncle M.L. Once wrote, violence is a descending spiral.

But inspired by 1 Corinthians 13, believing “Love never fails,” he also wrote, “darkness cannot drive out darkness and hatred cannot drive out hate. Only light can end the darkness, only love can drive out hate.”

My prayer is for the peace and healing of Ferguson, but also for the peace and healing of those who have recently lost loved ones – the families of Michael Brown, James Foley, my friend, those who have died at the hands of the abortion industry such as LaKisha Wilson and Tonya Reaves, and those who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and other horrors of our fallen world.

My prayer is that we love truth; loving truth, that we seek it. Once finding the truth, that we seek justice. And once finding justice, we enjoy peace. As Uncle M.L. said, “true peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.”

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#knowpeaceknowjustice
#rachelweepingforherchildren
#heartsoftheparentsreturntochildren

Grieving, but believing, please join me in prayer for all of Ferguson as well as for all victims of violence who suffer in sterile hospital units, in darkened rooms, in abortion chambers, and by tear-drenched gravesites. We need repentance, forgiveness, and love. Let us seek them first.

Alveda King is the author of KING RULES, Founder of Alveda King Ministries and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. www.AfricanAmericanOutreach.com

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Church is Free to Preach Her Message — Unless…?

August 28th, 2014

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Date: August 28, 2014

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NEW YORK, NY — In a hard-hitting series of essays currently being released in preparation for the midterm elections, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, takes aim at the self-censorship that Churches and Church-related institutions engage in when it comes to speaking up about politics and elections. Called “Politics and the Pulpit,” the series can be found at PriestsForLife.org/columns.

One of the policy memos publicized from a Catholic diocese in a recent election cycle stated the following:

“Indeed, it is the church’s right and obligation to make its teachings on moral ideas known, as long as these teachings do not run afoul of the rules on political activity.”

Fr. Frank comments, “Look at what is being said here. ‘Rules on political activity,’ rules which originated with Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, and are vague and very likely unconstitutional in the first place, cancel out both the right and duty of the Church to carry out her teaching mission received from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, over 2000 years ago. Are we really going to start balancing human rules with Divine commands? This is offensive and absurd, especially given the context in which the Church is fighting right now to preserve her religious freedom against a hostile Administration. The best way to preserve our religious freedom is to start exercising it.”

Fr. Frank continues, “An obvious question arises here. Unless we are to say that Churches have no freedom to teach on issues that also happen to correspond to political debates, how are they protected from the accusation of being ‘partisan’ simply because the position of the organization, or the teaching of the Church or the Gospel, corresponds to the position that one particular political party or candidate has, and is diametrically opposed to that of their opposing party or candidate? The Church opposes abortion and stands up for the rights of the unborn. The Republican Party platform takes a similar position. The Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, supports abortion as a right. So now, is the Church’s pro-life position partisan, and therefore illegal to assert? That would be both absurd and intolerable, and yet that is what some expressions of Church policy in our country would lead us to conclude.”

More commentary and practical action steps for preparation for the elections can be found at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com. A nationwide election novena begins this Tuesday, September 2, and runs through Election Day, November 4. Organizations and Churches can also find practical guidance through the Vote Pro-life Coalition that Priests for Life has established. See www.VoteProLifeCoalition.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Looking Towards Ferguson: Heart Heavy Yet Hopeful

August 26th, 2014

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It seems that I will be in Ferguson soon. Two of my MLK cousins and many friends preceded me. We have all been in prayer for many days. I don’t know if you read my earlier blogs and reports, but the message was consistent from the beginning… Know Peace, Know Justice.

I’ve put together a couple of graphics that begin to approach how one can be burdened with a heavy heart, yet hopeful at the same time. I know that justice is called for. My heart grieves with the families who have lost their children at this time. Many reports are flooding in from around the nation and land from families whose tragedies aren’t “on the news”, yet they are weeping all the same.

A dear friend has lost a niece and her baby, who were killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute. How devastating.

Some people won’t understand why I include the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, James Foley, LaKisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, my friend’s burned relatives, and all who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and on and on and on in the same prayer. This isn’t a time for accusing people. This is a time for repenting, forgiving and seeking peace so that justice can prevail.

Please take a look and listen to a song my assistant Eugene brought to my attention, along with a scripture my publicist brought to me this week.

“See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all…And may the God of peace keep us pure…

#knowpeaceknowjustice

God bless you. You pray for me and I will surely pray for you. Peace and Love. Grieving but believing, Alveda.

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Priests for Life to Continue Lawsuit Against #HHS Mandate

August 25th, 2014

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Date: August 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life Applauds End of Killing in Ohio Abortion Mill

August 22nd, 2014

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Date: August 21, 2014

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today celebrated the announcement that the Lebanon Road Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio will no longer perform abortions because it is unable to obtain a patient transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“It’s never surprising when a rule designed to protect patient safety causes an abortion clinic to stop performing abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “That’s because abortions are never safe, and the abortion industry has no care either for the mom or the baby, and does not want to reform its unscrupulous and dangerous practices.”

An attorney for abortion clinic owner Martin Haskell has announced that Haskell will not appeal a judge’s decision upholding the Ohio health department’s enforcement of state law. Abortions will no longer be performed in Sharonville as of Friday and women will be referred to another of Haskell’s clinics near Dayton.

“The man who made partial-birth abortion infamous is now down to one clinic,” added Bryan Kemper, Director of Priests for Life’s Youth Outreach and President of Stand True Ministries. “Priests for Life Youth Outreach has a presence at Haskell’s one remaining abortion mill in Kettering, OH and will be ramping up our ministry there. We have invited local priests and clergy to join us and will be there up to three times a week.”

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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NO PEACE, NO JUSTICE

August 20th, 2014

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I had a call today from someone who had heard a major news network entertain a recommendation that the law enforcement officials should use water hoses to quell the unrest on the streets of Ferguson, MO. I pray that rather than to resort to more violence in the efforts to stop the violence, leaders and lay people alike will embrace the principles of love and nonviolence, using peace in the quest for justice. This goes far beyond what’s happening in Ferguson today, or at the hands of Isis overseas. Our men are being murdered in the streets or on the sands. Our mothers and babies are being slaughtered at the hands of abortionists. Death is rampant and justice lies bleeding in the streets. God help us!

Racial unrest and unresolved tensions are mounting in the aftermath of the shooting death of young Michael Brown. Meanwhile, gruesome reports of the execution of yet another young man, a news reporter, reportedly beheaded by the terrorist cell, Isis. Two young American men caught up and killed in the crosshairs of conflicts that are escalating at an alarming rate and dividing the human community. Reason seems murdered in the squares of injustice.

As these events seem to take on Biblical proportions, I am reminded of the 1960′s when the town squares of America looked like the streets of Ferguson look after midnight.

When we were faced with guns, dogs, billy clubs, and bombs in the 1960′s we used the principles of faith, love, peace and justice. My father, Rev. AD King, once quelled an angry mob with the entreaty to resist violence as he begged the people who were turning over police cars and hurling boulders into the masses to “please go home and pray. My family and I are unharmed. If you must strike out, strike at me. I would rather you go home and pray. Fight for your rights, but please do so nonviolently.”

My uncle MLK once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I beg America to rethink and rephrase “No justice, no peace,” to NO PEACE, NO JUSTICE. You can’t find justice without peace.

My Daddy once counseled me in my grief and anger over the assassination of my Uncle ML as I stood inconsolable, muttering in his arms: “I hate white people, Daddy. They killed Uncle ML.” My daddy kissed my head and said: “Alveda, you can’t hate white people. They didn’t kill Brother. The devil did. You must learn to pray and to forgive, because we are all one human race.” I began to heal right then; the wounds of racism were becoming overcome by God’s love in the arms of my Daddy.

Over the years, I learned to embrace the Beloved Community, and to use the principles I was taught in the 1960s by my father and my uncle. I write about this in my book, KING RULES. Today, I pray for the two families who have lost their sons and loved one, by the hand of Isis or on the streets of Ferguson. I pray for peace, so that we can receive justice and mercy.

SIX STEPS AND PRINCIPLES FOR NONVIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE – A sequential journey to victory:

Principle 1: Nonviolence is not passive, but requires courage.
Principle 2: Nonviolence seeks reconciliation, not defeat of an adversary.
Principle 3: Nonviolent action is directed at eliminating evil, not destroying an evildoer
Principle 4: A willingness to accept suffering for the cause, if necessary, but never to inflict it.
Principle 5: A rejection of hatred, animosity or violence of the spirit, as well as refusal to commit physical violence.
Principle 6: Faith that justice will prevail.

Understanding this, we apply the six steps of nonviolent conflict resolution:

(1.) Prayerfully enter into a process by conducting research and gathering information to get the facts straight;
(2.) Continuing in prayer, conduct education and awareness campaigns to inform adversaries and the public about the facts of the dispute;
(3.) Prayerfully commit yourself to live and manifest a nonviolent attitude and actions;
(4.) Prayerfully mediate and negotiate with adversary in a spirit of goodwill to correct injustice;
(5.) Prayerfully apply nonviolent direct action, such as prayer vigils, marches, boycotts, mass demonstrations, picketing, sit-ins etc., to help persuade or compel adversary to work toward dispute-resolution;
(6.) Prayerfully anticipate reconciliation among adversaries in a win-win outcome in establishing a sense of community which should now be achievable.

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Election Prayer and Voter Registration Announced by Priests for Life

August 19th, 2014

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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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