DONALD STERLING’S WINGS ARE CLIPPED

April 30th, 2014

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It has been amply stated and often proven that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling. Donald Sterling’s jealous rage and pride in his skin color have left him in disgrace. All of his money and all of his minions cannot undo the destruction he has brought upon himself and his reputation.

All is not lost for Mr. Sterling, though. There is hope for him just as there is for all of us who have stumbled in one way or another. Hope begins with humility, a humility that causes us to see just how fallen and broken we are and how much we need God.

Jealousy blinds our senses and distorts our reason. Pride causes us to believe we are better than others, sometimes that we are above God. It’s what led Adam and Eve to sin.

Jealousy and pride have led Donald Sterling to allow his mistress to bait him hook, line, and sinker. How many men have found themselves slammed to destruction over a pretty face and a racist heart? In the gone but not forgotten days of slavery, we found fatal triangles such as the beleaguered Clippers owner is entangled in today. A scorned wife, a tricky mistress, money and racism! Wow!

Yes, like countless others, Mr. Sterling has discovered that his money is not God; his passion is marred with lust; and the world that seemed to love and revere him is fickle.

Pride deceived Mr. Sterling into puffing himself up by looking down his nose at those he considers to be beneath him. Never mind the tawny, beautiful, honey colored mistress who was found in that same position only to rise up and bury a dagger in his back.

All too often, jealousy, greed, and pride allow our society to discriminate against an entire class of people – in this case, skin color is the issue. I wouldn’t be true to my calling though, if I didn’t remember that the unborn – because they’re small, dependent, and helpless – are also a part of the looming presence of The Elephant – Discrimination – in the bedrooms and boardrooms across America and the world.

We don’t want to be reminded that we’re small, dependent, and helpless – it offends our pride. So we pretend that some “classes” of people like Blacks, or the unborn, for example, are… well… different.

My Uncle M.L. spoke of building a loving community. As a man of God, he understood that love has to be the foundation for any meaningful transformation of society or individuals. He knew that love changes the heart from prideful to humble so that we see our own brokenness. He knew that a loving community has compassion for all of its members, not just those who are like “us.”

Donald Sterling has presented us with a teachable moment; a time when we may consider Uncle M.L.’s words and his life and work for a more loving community.

It’s also a prayerful moment.

My Uncle M.L. and his brother AD King, my father, died for raising the alarm over racial discrimination and inequity in America. The force of racism remains alive today, in bedrooms, boardrooms and in the wombs of mothers. It is time to face the truth and slay the beast.

Donald Sterling is rich enough and famous enough to catch the eye of the media. Yet, he is just the tip of the iceberg, the festering proof of a splintered society.

Let’s pray for Donald Sterling; and indeed all who are victims of the deceptions of racism and classism.

Let’s continue to pray that God will open all eyes blinded by pride, lust, greed, jealousy and every human failing. Oh that God will change our hearts and free our souls. There is no evil, be it discrimination against darker-skinned people or discrimination against smaller people in the womb, too great for God to overcome.

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Hobby Lobby Stands With Priests for Life! #IStandWithPFL

April 29th, 2014

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Date: April 29, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Following a phone call today with Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green expressed his solidarity with Priests for Life and the other religious, non-profit groups who, like Hobby Lobby, are challenging the HHS Mandate. Mr. Green released the following statement:

“The religious freedom of believers of all denominations is under attack. Our family therefore joins in prayerful support of the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate. As our Hobby Lobby case represents the concerns of businesses, so the Priests for Life case represents the concerns of the religious non-profit groups. Together, we stand against this injustice, and for the law of God.”

Father Pavone commented, “I was proud to pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 as Mr. Green and his family were inside. We are grateful to Mr. Green and his family for their support of us, as both of our organizations continue to fight for the freedom of religion guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. As Americans, we have to stand together to protect our freedoms.”

Priests for Life is the lead party in a lawsuit against the HHS mandate that will have oral arguments on May 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A rally in front of the courthouse is planned from 9 to 11 a.m. that day. Members of Congress, numerous national pro-life leaders and the Priests for Life pastoral team, including Father Frank Pavone, Dr. Alveda King, Father Victor Salomon and Bryan Kemper, will speak at the rally.

Fr. Frank has also announced a prayer novena that will begin April 30 and conclude on May 8. He urges all parishes and families to participate. See the prayers at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on the rally and the lawsuit, visit www.IStandwithPFL.com On social media, use hashtag #IStandWithPFL.

For a video version of this release, go to http://youtu.be/zoz_FdTapS4

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 Praises Oklahoma Governor, Legislators on New Law Regarding Gravely Ill Unborn Babies

April 29th, 2014

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Date: April 29, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma lawmakers for enacting legislation to ensure that a woman who receives a dreaded diagnosis for her unborn child also receives information on available care for her and her baby.

“All too often, when a mother receives the news that her unborn child likely faces a brief lifespan after birth, she faces incredible pressure to have that child killed,” said Fr. Pavone. “For years, we have been promoting perinatal hospice care, and this new law gives countless women that loving alternative to abortion.

“Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature are to be commended for their compassionate and caring efforts to help mothers and fathers facing such heart-wrenching crises.”

Fr. Frank concluded, “When a child is very ill before birth, just as after, what matters most is not how much time the child has to live, but how much love we have to give that 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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Dear Mrs. Rosa Parks

April 25th, 2014

Alveda on the Rosa Parks busThis has been a very special week, visiting the Michigan State University Medical School and The Michigan Museum for Women and the Henry Ford Museum among other things. We also found time to see two powerful movies, God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real.

A very powerful moment on the tour occurred while I was at the Henry Ford Museum, sitting in Rosa Park’s famous seat on the bus. As you can see in the photo, this moment was not just a reenactment, it transported me back and propelled me forward all at the same time.

I did meet Mrs. Parks during her lifetime, and I must say that I have never met a more gracious and powerful person. I didn’t ask her questions during our brief encounters because I was just in awe of being in her presence.

So now, I have a question that she’s not here to answer. Dear Mrs. Parks, you were such a valiant warrior for justice. People think your feet were tired, but you have explained that your soul was weary with the human injustice. If you were here on earth today, would you speak up for the little human babies being slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers? Would you speak up for the mothers who are also sometimes slaughtered by the chemical and surgical birth control methods that block their fertility and kill their babies?

Friends, Margaret Sanger and the “eugenics gang” misled so many people. Margaret Sanger founded the Birth Control League which became Planned Parenthood. Sanger and other eugenicists tried and still try to tantalize and seduce African American leaders with grants and awards. They promise to help our people while all the time they are planning to kill our people.

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They offered my uncle MLK the Sanger “Maggie” award in 1966. (Part 1 & Part 2. He didn’t accept it, his wife Coretta did. Aunt Coretta, like Barbara Bush and Laura Bush, supported a woman’s right to choose to abort her baby. MLK was prolife. Daddy Bush and Pres. George W. are prolife.

I wonder if anyone every explained to Mrs. Parks that the women’s “Negro Project” was a program designed to sterilize Black women as a means to controlling the Negro population?

I refuse to sit on the back of the bus ever again. I know for sure that even as Mrs. Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, a front seat for Black women at the soon to be legalized abortion mills were already being prepared for our slaughter. Abortion and carcinogenic fertility blocking birth control procedures are deadly for mothers and our babies.

So, if you miss me at the back of the bus, come on over to real freedom. Defund Planned Parenthood, stop eugenics and genocide. Let freedom ring for all human beings, from conception until natural death.

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Fr. Pavone: Pro-lifers Are Winning the Pain Capable Battle

April 24th, 2014

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Date: April 24, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for signing into law a bill to protect six-to-nine-month-old unborn babies.

“The abortion lobby believes that the painful dismemberment of babies should be allowed up until birth. Mississippi, an increasing number of other states, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the American people disagree,” said Fr. Pavone. “Governor Bryant and the Mississippi legislature are to be commended for their compassion in enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The protection of babies in the womb based on their capacity to feel pain is the next major battleground for the pro-life movement, and one that we are already winning.”

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 Lauds Oklahoma Governor, Legislature for Enacting New Abortion Law

April 24th, 2014

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Date: April 23, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for signing into law a measure that will enforce the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approved protocol for the administration of the abortion technique RU-486.

“The Food and Drug Administration set guidelines for the use of RU-486, and from the beginning the abortion industry has shown little or no regard for these guidelines, because they are more interested in abortion than in women’s health,” said Fr. Pavone. “Obviously, we do not want any babies killed, whether by RU-486, which starves them, or by surgical forceps that dismember them. But Gov. Fallin and the state legislature are to be commended for trying to make this deadly procedure a little less dangerous for women.”

Oklahoma’s new law takes effect November 1. Abortionists have been using so-called “medical” abortions on women up to the ninth week of pregnancy when FDA guidelines restrict their use to the first seven weeks.

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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Kansas Congressman and President of National Right to Life to speak at #IStandWithPFL Rally

April 23rd, 2014

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Date: April 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas will join the #IStandWithPFL movement at a rally in Washington, D.C. on May 8. Fr. Frank also announced that the President of the National Right to Life Committee, Carol Tobias, has confirmed her attendance as well.

Supporters of religious freedom will gather in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals at 333 Constitution Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. that day to show support for Priests for Life – and other religious non-profit organizations — in their legal challenge against the unjust contraception mandate. Oral arguments in the case will be heard that morning.

Robert Muise, Chief Counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, also stated, “This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate.”

A similar lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington. D.C., on behalf of Catholic University of America and Thomas Aquinas College, among other entities, has been consolidated with the Priests for Life suit. Priests for Life is the lead party.

Along with the congressman and Ms. Tobias, other confirmed speakers include Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life; Lila Rose, Live Action; Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family; Paul Rondeau , American Life League; Sam Casey, Law of Life Project; Sarah Torre, Heritage Foundation; Tina Wittington, Students for Life of America; Jimmy Nolan, Crossroads; and Rev. Rob Schenk, Faith and Action in the Nation’s Capitol.

Father Pavone and Mr. Muise will also speak at the Rally, along with Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and a named plaintiff in the suit; Bryan Kemper, director of Youth Outreach, and Father Victor Salomon, director of Hispanic Outreach.

Father Pavone said the support of Congressman Huelskamp is critical. “We have been asking people to stand with Priests for Life as they are standing with Hobby Lobby as the fight against this government overreach continues,” Father Pavone said. “The support of Congressman Huelskamp is very important because it demonstrates that elected officials see the threat to religious liberty that this mandate poses. We are very happy to have Congressman Huelskamp standing with Priests for Life.”

Congressman Huelskamp, a Republican, was elected in November 2010. His commitment to the life issue was evident as early as his post-graduate years at American University, where he met his wife, Angela, and worked with her to assist women facing unexpected pregnancies. The couple are now the proud parents of four adopted children.

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 Commends Alaska Legislature, Governor for Reining in Abortion Spending

April 22nd, 2014

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Date: April 22, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell for signing legislation that eliminates taxpayer funding for “mental health” abortions.

“If a state will pay for an abortion done for reasons of mental or emotional ‘health,’ then that state, in effect, will pay for any abortion. This is because worry and anxiety will be argued by some to fit this exception,” said Fr. Pavone. “Alaskans have every right to demand that the government not reach into their pockets to pay for abortions. Gov. Parnell is to be commended for protecting that right.”

The new law ensures that when the money of Alaska taxpayers is used for “medically necessary” abortions, as required by the state Supreme Court, abortions done for “mental health” reasons will no longer be deemed “medically necessary” and, thus, will no longer be financed by public funds.

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 Praises Alabama Supreme Court’s Decision Declaring that Unborn Children Have Rights

April 22nd, 2014

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Date: April 22, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today congratulated the Alabama Supreme Court for its decision declaring that the term “child” in a state law includes the unborn.

“The Alabama Supreme Court has given us a decision that is almost unique – it uses common sense and logical consistency when talking about unborn children,” said Fr. Pavone. “In ruling that a child is a child whether born or unborn, the Alabama justices have cut through decades of tortured, twisted rationales and issued a national call for courts to recognize the obvious – all humans have the right to life.”

The Alabama Supreme Court held that a state statute prohibiting a child from being exposed to drugs or drug paraphernalia applied to both born and unborn children. The case had been brought by a woman who took illegal substances while pregnant and pleaded guilty to the chemical endangerment of a child. She argued that the statute only applied to a child who had been born.

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Father Frank Pavone Urges North Dakota to Appeal Ruling on Heartbeat Law

April 17th, 2014

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Date: April 17, 2014

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued a statement encouraging North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to appeal the ruling of a district court judge who held that the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law violated Roe v. Wade.

“North Dakota led the states in courage and compassion when its lawmakers passed and Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation to protect babies with a detectable heartbeat,” said Fr. Pavone. “I was proud to be there in Bismarck, with pro-life activists from around the state, to thank the Governor and the legislator for those actions. That leadership is needed now to continue the defense of the heartbeat law and innocent lives. I earnestly hope that Attorney General Stenehjem will take his defense of the babies to the next step, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

North Dakota’s “heartbeat” law, which was enjoined last year by federal Judge Daniel Hovland before it went into effect, would bar almost any abortion of a baby that’s found to have a detectable heartbeat.

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