Archive for November, 2010

The Power of Images

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Today I want to share with you the following email I received from a pro-abortion person who visited our website and saw the pictures of aborted babies. She wrote:

“I have been a pro abortion catholic… After seeing the pictures of what it exactly was, I nearly cried thinking I supported this awful murder. I ask Jesus my Christ to forgive my past way of thinking. I finally “get it.” This is pure murder. I pray that more people will get to know what it is they are supporting.”

The person then signed the letter with the pen name, “My Shame.” These pictures, at priestsforlife.org, have this effect on people every day. Invite others to view these images. You may email and print them. Nothing is more effective to end abortion.

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Advent Prayer for Life

Monday, November 29th, 2010

As we enter the Advent season, Priests for Life invites all believers to pray a special Advent prayer for life, which you can download at priestsforlife.org. The prayer reminds us that the Savior came to end all oppression, and therefore asks God to give us new strength to build a culture of life, in which the unborn will be freed from the oppression of abortion.

The Advent prayer for life also reminds us that welcoming Jesus as he comes enables us to welcome the children he sends into our world. It likewise reminds us of Jesus’ second coming, and asks that we may be ready for it. Please join the Advent prayer for life at priestsforlife.org and invite your family, pro-life group, school and parish to take part in it.

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People of the New Evangelization

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

On September 21, 2010, the Holy Father announced officially the creation of a new agency at the Vatican called The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The term “New Evangelization” refers to the need to re-announce the Gospel in those parts of the world where, although the Church has been established for a long time, society has become secularized and people have drifted from the Faith. It is not a new message that the New Evangelization brings, but rather a new vigor, new methods, and new applications to the problems of today.

Indeed, widespread legal abortion is one of those problems. In his decree establishing this new Pontifical Council, Pope Benedict said that there are many factors in the modern world that have affected people’s faith, including

“the expanding possibilities with regard to life and individual freedom, …. All of this has not been without consequences on the religious dimension of human life as well. … [T]here has been a troubling loss of the sense of the sacred, which has even called into question foundations once deemed unshakeable such as … a common understanding of basic human experiences: i.e., birth, death, life in a family, and reference to a natural moral law. Even though some consider these things a kind of liberation, there soon follows an awareness that an interior desert results whenever the human being, wishing to be the sole architect of his nature and destiny, finds himself deprived of that which is the very foundation of all things…. (Decree Ubicumque et Semper).

Certainly this describes the Culture of Death. “Individual freedom” is distorted to the point where it becomes an enemy of life, and therefore of freedom. A “loss of the sense of the sacred” in regard to “birth, death, life in a family” includes all the confusion that a culture of abortion introduces into the joys and challenges of pregnancy and childbirth. The human being “wishing to be the sole architect of his nature and destiny” is a great description of the ultimate meaning of “pro-choice,” and, of course a disconnect from “a natural moral law” accounts for the widespread action of legislatures and courts that think they can make legal an act of violence.

Then the Pope goes on to say,
“[A]t the root of all evangelization lies not a human plan of expansion, but rather the desire to share the inestimable gift that God has wished to give us, making us sharers in His own life” (ibid.)

Indeed, evangelization is all about the proclamation of life – a life which God gives first by creating us, and then offering us a share in His own divine nature. Evangelization, the announcement of the Gospel, is the announcement that the destiny of the human person is to sit with Christ on His throne (cf. Rev. 3:21). It is in that very proclamation that we find the obligation and privilege of defending the human person. Indeed, we the People of Life are the People of the New Evangelization!

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The Foremost Gift

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

In the course of my full time travels around the country for the cause of life, I recently met a woman who said to me, “I am alive because my mom changed her mind. She wanted to abort me but my dad talked her out of it. When she married another man and got pregnant, my only sibling was aborted.”

People like her have a lot to be thankful for. So many others I meet explain how they too were almost aborted.

The issue of abortion is not abstract. It’s about living or dying, surviving or being murdered. And it reminds us that the first thing we have to give thanks for is the gift of life itself. Let’s thank God, not just privately but publicly, for our lives and the lives of others.

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The Founding Fathers and Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This week we observe Thanksgiving Day. We rejoice in the God who has given us life and freedom. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were godly men, who understood their dependence on God and the fact that He was the source of all their blessings. The single most frequently used source for their ideas and writings was the Bible, and they taught that the nation they were founding could never survive without the worship of God and adherence to His law.

They did not believe in the kind of separation of Church and state that some espouse today — in fact, the phrase is found nowhere in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Rather, the Declaration declares our dependence upon God four separate times. Let us give thanks for our nation and for our faith.

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Feast of Christ the King

Friday, November 19th, 2010

This weekend the Church observes the Feast of Christ the King. It is a feast that acknowledges that Jesus is Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations, empires, cultures, and the entire universe. It is a feast that focuses on the fact that he will come again to judge the living and the dead, and that all history finds its fulfillment in him. The Dominion of Christ over all creation is shown in the fact that he has conquered death. That is why his followers are pro-life. They bear witness to his kingdom, which the liturgy of this weekend says is “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.”

This weekend, let’s celebrate the fact that Christ is King, and that life has the last word over death.

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A Holistic Approach

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Often those who defend abortion, knowing that they do not have any valid arguments, resort to blanket criticism of priests for abusing children. What these abortion supporters don’t seem to realize is that by supporting the killing of children, they weaken their argument against the abuse of children. After all, it’s the same victim.

The Church, and so many people of good will, oppose both the abuse and killing of children – and of anyone else as well.

The argument of pro-life people is one of consistency and inclusion. The tragedy of Roe v Wade is summarized in its line that “the word person does not include the unborn.”

Let’s oppose the killing of every and any innocent human life, and call on our opponents to stop being selective in their opposition to evil.

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The Reality Behind the Rhetoric

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

One of the best ways to see how to violate all the rules of logic is to examine the arguments – if you can call them arguments at all – of those who try to defend abortion. First of all, the last thing they want to talk about is the very thing they try to defend, namely, abortion. They will talk about choice, freedom, the Constitution, the Church, women’s rights and sometimes, women’s health. But they won’t define or describe abortion itself. The reason is simple. Abortion cannot be defended. As soon as it is described, or viewed, the human conscience objects to its obvious violence.

This is why one of the best things a defender of life can say to a defender of abortion is to ask, “Have you ever seen one?”

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Priests for Life Congratulates new USCCB Leaders

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented on the election of New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as vice-president.

“Priests for Life congratulates Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz on their new responsibilities. Those responsibilities constitute a special form of service to their brothers and sisters.

“It is important for the faithful to understand that the role of President of the USCCB is not to be ‘the leader of Catholics in the United States.’ Each diocese has its own bishop, and that bishop reports to the Pope. The local bishop is the leader of Catholics in his diocese. The USCCB is a tool that assists collaboration, sharing, and certain joint activities.

“Both Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz have been unequivocal in their defense of the unborn, which for our ministry is the primary focus. They have welcomed and encouraged the work of Priests for Life, and for that we are grateful.”

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Annual USCCB Gathering

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Each year in mid-November and in mid-June, the Catholic bishops of the United States come together for several days of prayer and meetings, to assist one another and the Church throughout the nation to more effectively proclaim the Gospel and serve God’s people.

I am pleased to represent Priests for Life at these meetings, as a guest, and to discuss with the bishops the Church’s priority to defend right to life of the weakest among us, the children in the womb.

The bishops have the primary responsibility to proclaim the faith and to encourage the rest of us to do the same. Let’s lift them up in prayer, that they may have a simplicity of spirit to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done for God’s Kingdom.

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