Fr. Pavone Mourns Passing of Robert Schindler, Sr.

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Date: August 29, 2009
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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement on the passing of Robert Schindler, Sr., father of Terri Schiavo.

“Bob Schindler remains an inspiration. In spite of enduring the heartbreaking, court ordered killing of his daughter, Terry Schiavo, Bob never stopped fighting for the rights of others who were disabled or medically vulnerable. His quiet strength in the face of persecution and his compassion for those who were too weak to defend themselves will forever serve as examples of how we should show Christ’s love.”

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer

Tomorrow, we observe the martyrdom of St. John the Baptizer. He was killed because he spoke truth to the powerful but sinful king. The Church points to him and tells us we need to do the same: to challenge our government leaders to do what is right, starting with the protection of every human life, born and unborn.

This responsibility takes the form of lobbying and communicating with elected representatives. It also takes the form of voting, so that those who fail in their basic responsibilities to the community may not get into public office in the first place.

We count the cost of this activity too carefully. Let’s learn a lesson from the one who lost his head rather than keep silent.

St. John the Baptizer, pray for us and for our leaders.

–Fr. Frank

Dr. Alveda King Remembers Sen. Edward Kennedy

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Date: August 28, 2009
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Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today reflected on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“The Ted Kennedy I want to remember is the man who, before he embraced the pro-abortion cause, was like his dearly departed sister Eunice, who was pro-life. Senator Kennedy once compassionately and consistently fought for civil rights. In 1971, he wrote that every human being, wanted or unwanted, had the right to be born. He later changed his position and supported and even sponsored pro-abortion legislation. There were many tragedies in the Senator’s life, but to me, one of the worst is that he stopped supporting the civil rights of those in the womb.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “I recall the visit Dr. King and I made to the Senator’s office last year, during which we quoted abortionists about decapitating children and asked if that was what the Senator meant by the word abortion. Sadly, we got no clear answer. We join in prayer for God’s forgiveness for all who tolerate this violence.”

Mother Teresa Novena

September 5 is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in 1997. Starting tomorrow, Priests for Life is conducting a special novena in her honor. By going to, you can download a special prayer to say each day. You are also invited to share with us your stories about how Mother Teresa impacted your life, through her example, teaching, or by being in her presence.

At that website you will also find the Prayer breakfast speech which she gave in Washington DC in 1994, and in which she asked, if we allow a mother to kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?

Please join the Mother Teresa prayer novena at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us and for the unborn!

–Fr. Frank

Thy Kingdom Come

When Jesus began his preaching he declared that the Kingdom of God had come among us. Yet in the prayer he taught us, he instructed us to pray, “Thy Kingdom Come!”

The kingdom, indeed, is already here. The Kingdom is Jesus himself, united with his members who, together with him, make up his Body, the Church.
Yet the kingdom is not yet here in all its completion. It continues to grow, and it continues to strive against many enemies.

God’s Kingdom, as the liturgy says, is a kingdom “of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.” This kingdom defines the culture of life, where the unborn and frail are welcomed and protected. Each time we pray the Our Father, let our longing for that kingdom increase.

–Fr. Frank

Fr. Pavone: Response to Problems with Health Care Reform is Elections

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Date: August 26, 2009
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Priests for Life Announces Formation of Political Responsibility Teams for 2010, 2012

Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the Catholic Church’s largest pro-life ministry, stated today, “The reason for the mess we are in with the health care reform debate is the elections of 2008, and the way out of the mess will be the elections of 2010 and 2012.”

Priests for Life has announced the formation of “Political Responsibility Teams” in communities across America. The purpose of such teams will be to educate and activate citizens to exercise their responsibility to participate in the electoral process in a way that is informed rather than impulsive, and based on principle rather than mere personal advantage.

“Churches provide our greatest opportunity to mobilize and educate voters,” Fr. Pavone explained, “and activating Churches for the pro-life cause is the primary mission of Priests for Life. But Churches can also become the biggest obstacle if they choose the path of fear and hide behind paranoid interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code as an excuse for not talking about politics. We have a lot more to fear from our silence than we do from speaking out.”

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God’s Church Will Prevail

The war against the unborn can only ultimately be stopped by and through the Church. Just from a natural point of view, this is a vast network of interaction and communication. Imagine what can happen if our clergy infuse that vast structure with clear, vigorous, and compassionate pro-life teaching and action.

The Church is the only institution that has a Divine guarantee that it will prevail over the culture of death. “The gates of hell will not prevail against it,” the Lord said. The gates of death fall in the presence of life.

To fully apply those gifts to the task of ending abortion, does not so much require more structure as it does more spirit, more awareness, more courage, and more determination to use both the means and the opportunities we already have.

–Fr. Frank

Hallowed Be Thy Name

In the Our Father, we pray “Hallowed be thy name.” When the People of God live in a way that reflects the holiness, justice, truth and love of God himself, then God’s name is honored. In other words, God’s people give God a good reputation, and the word “Christian” is something people want to identify with. But when God’s people are unfaithful, God’s name is dishonored.

This is what happens when God’s people turn the other way and ignore the abortions that kill thousands of babies every day – or even participate in them. This dishonors both the rights of that child and the honor of God. Hallowed be thy name, through our commitment to life. Hallowed be thy name, through the sacrifice we make to defend life, and the care we give to mother and child alike.

–Fr. Frank

The Queenship of Mary

Tomorrow we observe the Queenship of Mary, acknowledging that the highest place that any creature holds in heaven is occupied by a woman and a mother. To be pro-life is to be pro-woman, and Mary the Mother of God is an example and inspiration for all women about how to embrace the vocation of motherhood, facing the unexpected and the unplanned with faith, courage, and joy.

Mary sums up her life in one word, “Fiat,” which means “Let it be done.” That’s what she said to the angel who told her she would be the Mother of God.

The pro-life movement is about helping mothers to say “Fiat,” helping them to love the child within them and to make the sacrifices that child deserves from us all. Mary, our Queen, pray for all mothers.

–Fr. Frank

An Amendment to Exclude Abortion from Health Care

When Representatives return to Congress in September, they may get a chance to vote on an amendment that would exclude abortion funding from health care reform. Both Republicans and Democrats have indicated that they would support such an amendment. However, there is another vote that comes first – a vote on whether Congress will even be allowed to vote on the amendment when the bill is considered. And leading pro-abortion members have indicated that they are likely to pass a rule preventing a vote on the amendment.

The pattern we see again here, as so often in the past, is that abortion supporters don’t want to debate their position in a fair way; rather, they want to shut down legitimate debate to get their way. It’s one of many signs that they are wrong.

–Fr. Frank