Has the World Gone Mad? Seek Jesus!

March 24th, 2016

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This week in America Priests for Life joined thirty-six other plaintiffs in a fight for religious freedom before the United States Supreme Court. Our battle includes the struggle for the unborn. The wombs of women are under siege.

While we are battling for religious freedom here in America, around the world terrorist attacks continue to mount. Now we mourn a new terrorist bombing right now in Europe.

The world has indeed gone mad and the savior will not be a human being, a man or woman; whether it’s winning the office of President of the United States or any other rulers or governors around the world, humans will not deliver us from this present evil.

Terrorism in any form will only end when the hand of Almighty God touches the hearts of humanity.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

Just as terrorists breach the sanctuaries of homes around the world, so too does U. S. government establishment seek to breach the sanctuary of the womb by forcing its HHS mandate on Americans despite objections from many of us with deeply held religious beliefs.

This is a very urgent appeal today as we pray for those who mourn the loss of their own family members and people that they loved in this most recent terrorist attack.

Pray for us as we stand before the United States Supreme Court. Priests for Life and other claimants. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Amen.

Dr. Alveda King
Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life

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Statement to the Press: Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Challenging HHS Mandate

March 23rd, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 22, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Oral Arguments in Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seven consolidated cases, representing 37 distinct petitioners, will be heard this morning in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell, which challenges the same mandate that Hobby Lobby successfully challenged. The difference is that in this case, the petitioners are not businesses, but rather religious non-profits, and along with objecting to the mandate itself, these petitioners are objecting to the regulatory mechanism, or “accommodation,” which the government claims allows them to “opt-out” of the mandate. Petitioners claim the “accommodation” makes them complicit in the very coverage it claims to release them from, and substantially burdens their exercise of religion in a way that fails to meet the strict text imposed on the government by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The first of the 37 petitioners — and the fourth in the nation — to challenge the mandate in court was Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic ministry focused on ending abortion. Priests for Life vs. HHS is particularly well-suited to challenge this mandate, because the requirement to provide abortion-inducing drugs contradicts not only the religious faith of the petitioners but is a direct, head-on collision with its mission and raison d’ê•tre, which is to end the practice of abortion. Along with the organization, petitioners in the Priests for Life case include Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She heads up the Black outreach ministry for Priests for Life. Likewise included is Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Fr. Frank Pavone, its National Director.

Fr. Pavone stated today, “I am very grateful to all the petitioners, and all the friends of the court, in these landmark cases, for standing up for the basic question at the heart of this dispute: the government cannot force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. This accommodation is not an “opt-out;” rather, it is a hijacking of the mechanism of our insurance plans to further the immoral goal of expanding access to abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable services. To add insult to injury, the government exempts the Churches to which Priests for Life sends its priests to preach, but doesn’t exempt the group that trains and sends them. We share in the same faith as these churches; we share in the same objections to the mandate; we should likewise share in the same exemption.”

Fr. Pavone will speak at the press conference to be held at the steps of the Supreme Court immediately after the oral arguments and will also be available for comment afterwards, as will his legal counsel in this case, Robert Muise, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center.

Priests for Life will hold a national webcast on Monday night, March 28 from 9 to 10 p.m. to discuss with several observers from within the courtroom how the oral arguments went. To sign up, visit www.PriestsForLife.org/webcast. Priests for Life is leading a prayer campaign against the mandate at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com. For info on the case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

For interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org, 347-286-7277.

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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Religious Liberty Matters

March 18th, 2016

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Priests for Life press conference on Zubik vs. Burwell March 22 at the National Press Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 17, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Priests for Life, a plaintiff in Zubik vs. Burwell, will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club.

At stake in Zubik is the religious liberty of dozens of plaintiffs, as well as plaintiffs in more than 50 other cases that did not make it to the Supreme Court but will be impacted by the ruling on whether the federal government can enforce its mandate on faith-based ministries.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, are both named plaintiffs in the case and will speak at the press conference. Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, which is representing Priests for Life, also will make remarks. Other plaintiffs have been invited to discuss their cases, and Priests for Life is awaiting confirmation that some high-profile friend-of-the-court filers will attend.

“What’s at stake in Zubik vs. Burwell is not access to contraception,” Father Pavone said. “What this case is about is the government attempting to dictate how people of faith may practice their religion, whatever that religion may be. Catholics and evangelical Christians are represented in Zubik, but friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed by a rich diversity of faith traditions, including Orthodox Jews, Muslims and followers of Krishna. This case is about more than priests and nuns.”

Mrs. Morana added: “Priests for Life objects to the contraceptive and abortion-causing drugs and devices covered by the HHS mandate because they are counter to Catholic teaching. But we also oppose being ordered to provide our employees with substances that are so clearly harmful to women.”

The National Press Club is at 529 14th St NW in Washington. The Bloomberg Room is on the 13th floor.

For more information on Zubik vs. Burwell, go to www.istandwithpfl.com To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, Mrs. Morana or Mr. Muise, please call Leslie Palma, Priests for Life director of communications, at 347-286-7277 or email media@priestsforlife.org

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. Frank Pavone Thanks Friends of the Court in Priests for Life Supreme Court Case

March 16th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 16, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today expressed thanks to the many groups and individuals who have filed amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) briefs in support of the Supreme Court case, Zubik vs. Burwell, among which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases challenging the Obamacare HHS mandate.

“It’s humbling and gratifying that more than 400 people and organizations have taken the time and effort to draft and file ‘friend of the court’ briefs in support of one of the most important cases on religious freedom to reach the Supreme Court,” said Fr. Pavone. “When our lawyers stand before the Court on March 23, they will have the intellectual, moral, and spiritual support of these legal, academic, and religious leaders who stand with us in this profound battle.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case on Wednesday, March 23. At issue is the bureaucratic regulation requiring religious non-profit groups to make available to their employees abortifacients, contraceptives, and procedures for sterilization. Priests for Life was the first of the petitioners currently before the Court to file a lawsuit against the regulation.

“We thank all who are standing with us, including the 207 members of the United States House and Senate, former U.S. Attorneys General, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Eternal Word Television Network, law professors, the Knights of Columbus, Orthodox Jewish rabbis, and representatives of Islam and other religions, just to name a few.

“All of these friends of the court are declaring with us that government should never force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. As our own brief to the court states, government might disagree with our beliefs, but cannot disregard them,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

All of the “amicus curiae” or friend of the court briefs that have been filed in support of Priests for Life and the other plaintiffs may be found 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. Frank Pavone: Let American Voters Decide the Next Direction of the Supreme Court

March 16th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 16, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone today issued the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The Senate is both completely justified and correct in permitting the next President, whoever that may be, to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice, and the next Senate to vote on that nominee. This is no time for a lame duck President to push through a judge for a lifetime appointment. Let the American people speak, in the elections, about the direction they want the court and the nation to go.

“We at Priests for Life are more aware than usual of the impact of the Supreme Court, as our religious liberty case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, which challenges the HHS mandate, goes into oral argument at the Supreme Court this coming Wednesday.

“Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley have announced that the U.S. Senate will not take any action on any nominee President Obama puts forward for the high court. I am confident that they will remain firm in their commitment. I call on all Americans to urge their Senators to do the same.”

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 Attorneys Reply to Government Brief in U.S. Supreme Court

March 14th, 2016

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Date: March 14, 2016

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Priests for Life vs. HHS challenges Obama Administration – Oral arguments next week

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that attorneys for his organization and for co-plaintiffs have filed their response to the government’s opposition brief in the Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell, of which Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases. The Court will hear oral arguments in the dispute over the HHS mandate on March 23.

“Our brief argues conclusively that the Obama administration has not proven that it has any legal basis to force Priests for Life and the other religious non-profit groups to violate our religious beliefs,” said Fr. Pavone. “Federal law is clear that the government cannot force a believer to choose between following his faith and following the law. The government’s goal of increasing access to abortion-inducing drugs is not a ‘compelling interest,’ and, even if it were, there are alternate ways to achieve it than forcing priests to violate the faith they were ordained to proclaim.”

Priests for Life, the first of the dozens of petitioners now before the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of the Obamacare rule known as the HHS mandate, filed their response brief with the justices on Friday. The Court will now study the case documents in preparation for oral arguments next week.

“For a variety of reasons, the government has already exempted many employers from this mandate, including some who do not even object to it,” Fr. Pavone added. “How can it justify exempting from the mandate, for non-religious reasons, a person who doesn’t even object to it, and at the same time insisting on imposing it on us who do object to it for religious reasons?”

For information on the case, see www.IStandWithPFL.com; for a prayer campaign related to the case, see www.SupremeCourtVictory.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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Alveda King calls on African-American clergy to stand with Priests for Life at Supreme Court

March 14th, 2016

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Date: March 14, 2016

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NEW YORK – Evangelist Alveda King, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Priests for Life vs. HHS, has called on African-American clergy to stand with her in this crucial battle for religious liberty.

Evangelist King is the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life. Priests for Life, along with its National Director, Father Frank Pavone, and Executive Director, Janet Morana, are challenging the HHS mandate within the Affordable Care Act that calls on employers to provide cost-free contraception and abortifacient drugs and devices to their employees.

The case, along with six others, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

“This case can be seen as an extension of the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Evangelist King. “Freedom of religion is cherished by African-Americans. If we lose this battle, and allow the federal government to dictate how we may practice our religion, everyone loses. This is a human rights fight and a civil rights fight. Everyone’s religious freedom is under review.”

To learn more about the case, go to www.IStandwithPFL.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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I Am Not a Racist Idiot!

March 14th, 2016

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THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I have just been called an idiot for viewing and possibly agreeing with this video below. Told I am naive because Trump is a racist. I am not endorsing ANY candidates. Just seeking to enlighten people.

There is a lot of stirring up fear these days. Evoking George Wallace and KKK to make people fearful without noting that Governor Wallace and many KKK members repented and turned to Christ. Did they all, no? Yet many did. Also, my Uncle MLK was called a hate monger and rabble rouser. Even the most perfect lamb that ever lived and died for us and rose again, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, was called a rabble rouser by his opposition. When the pot is stirred, tempers boil.

Here are some important observations.

It takes between 12%-15% of the Black vote for ANY candidate to win the US presidency. President GW Bush understood this. He had many Black conservative advisors, as did President Reagan. President GW Bush’s and to some extent President Reagan’s presidential appointments reflected such understanding. Most democrat candidates understand this and spend some time, money and effort on the black vote, although they tend to take the Black vote for granted, as their entitlement. On the other hand, Republicans tend to attempt to suppress the Black vote and frown at candidates who seek to bring Blacks into the party.

See these op-eds by Clarence McKee. I pray that people are paying attention.
http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/718446

And another
http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/718280

And finally, three scriptures:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” – ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” – ‭‭James‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Fr. Pavone Blasts Notre Dame Decision to Honor Vice President Joe Biden

March 10th, 2016

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Date: March 10, 2016

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding Notre Dame University’s decision to honor pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden with the 2016 Laetare Medal, the highest award the university gives to Catholics.

“Back in 2009, I was honored to stand with graduating students at Notre Dame who refused to attend their own commencement because pro-abortion President Obama was being honored by the University. We had an alternate commencement ceremony, in which the students’ commitment to defending the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, was highlighted and honored.

“Apparently, some at Notre Dame still don’t get it. And this time, matters are made worse, because the pro-abortion public official being honored claims to be Catholic. Any attempt by him, or by the University, to cloud the issue with philosophical or theological abstractions and nuances only proves the point (as I make at length in my new book, Abolishing Abortion) that there is a profound institutional denial, in many of our Catholic institutions and dioceses, that we are living in the midst of a holocaust. There is only one legitimate Catholic response to this holocaust, and it is identical to the only legitimate human response: radical solidarity with the children in the womb and with their families, expressed by a total rejection of abortion both in culture and in law.

“On the political landscape today, there is a widespread frustration and rejection of establishment politics. The same is true within the Church. Countless faithful Catholics — priests included — are fed up with the disconnect between the rhetoric and the action, and the betrayal by leaders and institutions that don’t live up to the principles on which they were founded.

“Vice President Biden, like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and many others, are public servants who do not know the difference between serving the public and killing the public. Our youngest brothers and sisters, our nation, and our Church – in all its institutions – deserve better than that.

“Priests for Life calls on Catholic institutions and in fact on all schools to remember at this year’s commencement exercises the children who would have graduated had they not been aborted. A mention of these children, a candle, a dedication in the yearbook, or an empty chair would all be appropriate ways to remember them.”

Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused on ending abortion. View here a playlist of videos of Fr. Pavone’s talks at Notre Dame in 2009 during the alternative commencement ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9D166BCD035DC37F

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Evangelist Alveda King announces new “Politics 101 for Values Votes” because Black voices, Black votes Matter – For Life

March 9th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2016

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Staten Island, NY – Evangelist Alveda King, Director of the now “Civil Rights for the Unborn (CRU), The African American [Anti-Abortion] Outreach for Priests for Life” had this to say about why “so few African Americans and Catholics vote for prolife candidates.” King, the daughter and niece of 20th century civil rights leaders Rev. A. D. King and his brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a civil rights activist in her own right says: “For decades we have often wondered why so many African Americans who are spiritually conservative and Catholics who are naturally prolife by nature vote en masse for pro-abortion and anti-family values candidates. The answer is simple; the politics of closed election primaries in many states herd otherwise conservative voters onto the plantation into the Democrat stables. That’s where the donkeys abide.”

Pointing to a recent “Meet the Candidates” and “Know Your Voting Rights” voter info campaign as a tool, King believes that simple lessons in what she calls “Politics 101 for Value Votes” will empower more voters to cast the ballot according to “convictions rather than political correctness.” King says that “the reports are coming in now about how many African Americans are going to the polls and given ballots that have only two candidates from which to choose. When they ask about the missing candidates, they are given party specific ballots and not so gentle nudges and directives such as “this is our ballot in this state.” Or, if you want to vote for another party, you have to sign a pledge that you are no longer a member of the party of your choice. Many people believe that it is disloyal if not downright illegal to vote for a person outside of the voter’s registered party. So, out of fear of what they consider to be disrespect in some cases and coercion in all too many cases, people vote for their parties rather than convictions.

Case in point; in the 2016 Georgia primary, my son and I wanted to cast votes for candidates who were not on the ballot we were directed to. It took about 15 minutes to explain that we wanted to vote for someone on another ballot. There was an attempt to shame us into asking for the other ballot out loud. So finally I announced very loudly to the entire room: “I need a ballot with Dr. Ben Carson on it.” The new ballot was grudgingly produced. Why am I sharing this testimony?

This information is especially relevant during this election; so many people are coming forth with similar testimonies, about something close to coercion in the polls. This is all so important, because there is so much discussion about what matters. Black lives and Black life without abortion matters to many African Americans. Sanctity of life matters to many Catholics. Prayerfully, Politics 101 will shine a light on the matter at hand.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6

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