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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Fr. Frank Pavone on Debate: Composition of the Supreme Court will determine direction of the country for next generation

October 10th, 2016

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Date: October 9, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement following the second presidential debate Sunday night.

“One candidate, Hillary Clinton, said in the second presidential debate that she would appoint a justice to the Supreme Court who would uphold Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion on demand legally permissible. One candidate, Donald Trump, said he would appoint a justice with views similar to those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who said that there was nothing in the Constitution to justify Roe. The difference in the candidates’ answers couldn’t be clearer or more important.

“To say that this election presents stark contrasts in the two candidates is an understatement. I applaud audience member Beth Miller,who asked the Supreme Court question because it really was the supreme moment of the night. Whoever controls the composition of the Supreme Court in the next four years will, in an untold number of ways, control the direction of the country for the next generation.”

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 Catholics to sign an open letter to Tim Kaine

October 4th, 2016

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Date: October 4, 2016

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Tells presidential hopeful you can’t be Catholic and pro-abortion

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is asking Catholics to sign on to an Open Letter to Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential hopeful who describes himself as Catholic but believes that abortion must remain legal.

“The assertion that your “personal beliefs’ and ‘public actions’ can remain separate on this issue simply does not hold water,” Father Pavone wrote in the open letter. “The Tim Kaine who believes things privately is the same person who permits them publicly — one person, one name, one conscience.

“Some have described you as a “Pope Francis Catholic.” Would that this were the case. There is only one Catholicism, and Pope Francis embraces it. That Catholicism calls for acceptance of all the teachings of the Church, including the teaching that the unborn child is to be treated as a person. To hold that these children can be legally killed is not to treat them as persons.”

The open letter is similar to one Father Pavone penned in 2013 to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who calls herself Catholic but insists that abortion is “sacred ground” in her political life.

In his letter to Kaine, Father Pavone said: “You claim to be Catholic and yet support the legal killing of more than a million children a year. The only logical explanation for this is that you are seeking to please both the Democratic party — which will not tolerate anyone in your position who tries to protect unborn children — and Catholic voters — who may be led to vote for you because you say you are “Catholic.”

As he did with Ms. Pelosi, Father Pavone calls on Kaine to “simply be consistent and honest. Either call for the protection of unborn children, or admit that you reject the call of the Catholic Church to do so.”

“Tim Kaine will be in the national spotlight tonight as he debates his Republican rival, Mike Pence,” Father Pavone noted. “We can’t be sure the subject of Kaine’s false Catholicism will come up, but by signing this open letter, people of faith can let him know what they think about his pro-abortion stance. Please sign it today!”

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

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

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Priests for Life’s Fr. Imbarrato to speak at Oct. 7 National Rosary Rally

September 27th, 2016

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Date: September 27, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At ElectionPrayer.com, Priests for Life has enlisted the nation’s pro-life believers in a campaign to pray for the nation as we prepare to elect a new president.

“In just a few weeks we will choose a new president, and that person will determine the course of the United States for generations to come,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Praying together as a community of believers is one of the most important things we can do as we prepare for Election Day.”

In a related prayer campaign, Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato will lead the Joyful Mysteries during a National Rosary Rally beginning at noon on Oct. 7 at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool.

The rally is the culmination of the 54 Day Novena for Our Nation that began Aug. 15.

Father Imbarrato has been an organizer of the novena and rally. As a full-time member of the Priests for Life team, he is one of the nation’s most outspoken advocates for the unborn. Prior to joining Priests for Life in 2015, he founded several pro-life organizations in Albuquerque, where he continues to live and which he describes as “the late-term abortion capital of the United States.”

Also known as the “protest priest,” Father Imbarrato knows the importance of prayer. He wrote a special prayer for the event, and during the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, he will pray for intentions that include that mothers and fathers will stop aborting their pre-born children; that our government and fellow citizens will come to recognize the personhood of the child in the womb; that laws will be enacted to protect the unborn, the elderly and the weak, and that government and church leaders will be emboldened to speak out on behalf of the culture of life.

“These prayer efforts — the 54 Day Novena for Our Nation, the National Rosary Rally, and ElectionPrayer.com, come at a critical time of crisis in our country,” Father Imbarrato said. “I cannot think of a more powerful response on the part of Catholics than to pray, fast and come together for the conversion of our nation.”

For more information on the Rosary Rally, go to www.NovenaForOurNation.com. The U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool is at 3rd St. SW, between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive NW.

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Candidates and Viewers Need Prayer Prep for Tonight’s Debate

September 26th, 2016

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Today, as the first round of the U. S. general election presidential debates approaches, two parties will be represented on stage tonight. Which party will champion all human life from the womb to the tomb?

As the candidates go through their preparation regiments for tonight’s battle, we need to prepare to listen without having our feelings prevent us from hearing truth.

This cannot be a personality contest or an emotional who owes us an apology exercise. We can’t afford to be distracted by division.

We, the Acts 17:26 “One Blood, One Human Race” family must unite in prayer so that God will heal our nation!

“We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is now time to consider the platforms. Which candidate will promote justice, safety, and human dignity for all Americans, in the womb, after birth and throughout their lives?

Please join and support this urgent prayer appeal by praying with us the Election Prayer for Life.

Also, please agree with me in prayer at https://youtu.be/52KilPf3q3M and sign this Open Letter, YOU NEED TO VOTE.

Also, since the African American community is in the spotlight during this election cycle, you might find this Town Hall Meeting of interest.

Finally, as we prepare to view tonight’s debate, pray for the candidates and continue to support us as we PRAY FOR AMERICA.

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Fr. Pavone to deliver address on the 2016 elections, religious freedom

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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