Archive for June, 2011

Priests for Life Welcomes Bishops’ Statement on Assisted Suicide

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Washington, DC – Father Pavone welcomed on Friday the statement that the United States Catholic Bishops approved last week regarding assisted suicide.

“As the bishops have pointed out, proposals to legalize physician-assisted suicide ‘generally leave in place the laws against assisting most people to commit suicide, but they define a class of people whose suicides may be facilitated rather than prevented.’ Put another way, this is just the latest form of prejudice and discrimination in our society,” Father Pavone pointed out. “To those who advocate the right to die, I always say, ‘Don’t worry; you won’t miss out on it.”

As the world’s largest Catholic ministry focused exclusively on ending abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life has brought attention over the years to key cases which pertain to what the bishops teach in this document. In particular, the case of Terri Schiavo in 2005 and of Baby Joseph earlier this year, have been opportunities for God’s people to rally on behalf of the vulnerable as well as teaching moments for our entire society.

“Building on the bishops’ statement, we will see to it that every priest has resources to preach and teach on this aspect of the Gospel of Life,” Father Pavone said. “The statement has been issued. Now it’s time to exercise the courage to echo and apply its teaching, and to call our people to say to the ill and vulnerable what Jesus says to us all: I am with you!”

For more information and for the statement itself, see www.priestsforlife.org/euthanasia.

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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Room at the Inn

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Because so many young women feel forced to choose between their baby and their education, an organization called Room at the Inn is building the nation’s first college-based maternity and after-care facility, providing pregnant college women with the option of continuing their education while having their baby. This center will be built on the grounds of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, where the Benedictine Monks donated the land. I am privileged to be speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony this morning. The moms will have the help of a twenty-four hour professional staff and a caring and supportive environment before, during and after their pregnancy, while being just moments away from the classes they can take, with credits transferable to their own college or university. This can be a model for similar initiatives nationwide.

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Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Friday, June 17th, 2011

This weekend the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity. We worship one God in Three Persons. This feast is a lesson in unity and love: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit give themselves completely to one another, and literally have one mind, one will, and one power. As human beings, there are limits to how close we can come to others, but we can come far closer than we are.

Nothing divides human beings from one another more drastically than abortion. It cuts and destroys the most intimate union, that of a mother and her unborn child. The effects of abortion split marriages, families, political bodies, and nations.

As we prepare to celebrate Trinity Sunday, let’s renew our commitment to building unity, starting with the bond between mother and child.

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Let Us Pray for All Fathers

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

This weekend we observe Father’s Day. We thank God for faithful fathers who, like God Himself, give and protect life. Let’s also pray for fathers who are afraid to be fathers. Thousands of times a day, children are aborted, not because of a choice of the mother, but because of the choice of a father, who fails to show the faithfulness and willingness to protect the child he has helped conceive. At other times, fathers tried to stop the abortion, but the law excludes them from the final decision about the abortion. Men do suffer grief after the abortion of their child. Healing programs are available for these fathers.

Let us pray today for all fathers. When their child is unexpected, may they welcome that child and encourage the child’s mother to say yes to life.

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Become Educated about Forced Abortion

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

A man in Ohio has been sent to jail for thirteen years because he tried to force his girlfriend, at gunpoint, to continue with a scheduled abortion after she changed her mind. The charges against him are not only because of the gun and the abduction, but significantly, for the attempted murder of the child.

Under Ohio’s 1996 fetal homicide law, a person can be found guilty of murder for killing an unborn child.

In this case the child’s father led the mother at gunpoint to the abortion clinic, but once there, she passed a note to the clinic personnel about the fact that she was being forced, and they called the police.

She has since given birth to a healthy child.

Find out more about efforts to stop forced abortion at priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life Mourns Passing of Fr. Richard Hogan

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Fr. Pavone expressed sadness today at the death of Fr. Richard Hogan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul who was released in 1995 to be the full-time Associate Director of Priests for Life. He served in that capacity for five years. He was the first priest, aside from Fr. Pavone, to be given permission to serve Priests for Life as his full-time ministry.

Fr. Hogan was a scholar and author, and wrote on the theology of the body and the philosophical and theological thought of Pope John Paul II, especially as it relates to the cause of family and life.

Fr. Pavone stated, “Fr. Hogan gave witness to the Church’s teachings on life in a persuasive and compassionate way. He enjoyed traveling and speaking on the Priests for Life mission, and was convinced that the Church is the key to resolving the problem of abortion. In particular, his willingness to serve this mission full-time, and the willingness of his Archbishop (who at that time was Most Rev. Harry Flynn) to allow him to do so, was a sign to the Church that saving the unborn is important enough for us to invest money and manpower into that specific mission.

“With the passing of Fr. Hogan, it is my prayer that we will continue to see more priests and deacons seek and receive permission to minister to the unborn on a full-time basis. Moreover, we renew the call for lay people to devote themselves full-time to the pro-life cause,” Fr. Pavone said.

For more information about Fr. Hogan and about Priests for Life, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Priests for Life calls for probe of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life has joined a Louisiana pro-life advocate in calling for an independent investigation of that state’s Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).

Baton Rouge resident Richard Mahoney has uncovered evidence that Delta Women’s Clinic in Baton Rouge has, for decades, falsified medical records and under-reported the number of abortions that result in death or injury to pregnant women. DHH officials have been aware of the practice and have allowed it to continue, he alleges.

Father Peter West, associate director of Priests for Life, is working with Mahoney to expose abuses at DHH and Delta, which has ties to indicted Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Mahoney has documents that show Delta Clinic submits forms to DHH on which many of the boxes had been pre-filled. On two separate forms, the box for “Complication of Pregnancy Termination” have been pre-printed with an “x” next to the “None” response.

“This practice of falsifying legal documents to the DHH’s Office of Vital Records and the medical malpractice and fraud involved in sending forms to the DHH that were…completed prior to seeing any patients, is tantamount to the largest travesty of justice ever perpetrated by the medical establishment under the guise of women’s reproductive health care,” Mahoney said. “In no other branch of medical practice would this be tolerated. The ramifications of these perjuries to the health of women in the United States is staggering.”

Father West said it is within DHH’s power to close Delta Clinic immediately.

“Under a 2010 law, DHH has the authority to close abortion facilities that violate state standards,” said Father West. “In fact, the publicity surrounding Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge is at least partially responsible for the closure of a New Orleans abortion facility. We demand that DHH immediately use its power to close Delta. Failing that, Priests for Life demands an independent congressional investigation of DHH.”

In the past, Delta owner Leroy Brinkley employed Gosnell one day a week. Eileen White O’Neil, who has been charged in the Gosnell case with pretending to be a licensed physician, also has worked for Brinkley.

“Women in Louisiana need to know the danger they are in once they step inside Delta Clinic,” Father West said. “DHH has the authority to shut it down today, and yet officials refuse to act. It’s time – it’s way past time – to find out why.”

Mahoney said: “The public needs to know the truth about abortion, the atrocities that have been committed by the abortion industry, and the government’s complicity in the skewing of the number of abortions performed and the injuries and complications associated with these procedures. All records that were falsified to the DHH Vital Records Registry need to be corrected and the appropriate information needs to be reported for each patient. We believe that only a Congressional hearing and an Independent Council investigation on these false reporting practices will reveal the truth about these abominable practices.”

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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Abortion Shatters a Sacred Boundary

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The Ninth and Tenth Commandments forbid us to covet what belongs to our neighbor, whether it be his spouse or his possessions. This commandment, in other words, requires us to limit our desires by respecting the boundaries between what is ours and what isn’t.

That is a sacred boundary that is completely shattered by abortion. The boundary between what is the mother’s and what is the child’s completely disappears. Some, for instance, will justify abortion because the mother has to get on with her life, but so does the child.

Some will justify it because the mother has freedom not to be burdened, but so does the child. And in denying that the child has the same freedom she claims to have, she destroys the meaning and foundation of her own.

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Saint Gianna’s Daughter to visit Priests for Life office

Monday, June 13th, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, NY – An image and relic of St. Gianna Molla will be enshrined permanently in the offices of Priests for Life when the saint’s daughter visits the United States next month.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla’s July 11th visit to Staten Island will be part of a tour that will culminate July 23 in a daylong conference in Kansas City hosted by the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was canonized a saint in May 2004, the last saint to be canonized by Blessed Pope John Paul II. She was a dedicated wife, mother and physician who sacrificed her life when, pregnant with her fourth child, doctors discovered a tumor in her uterus. She opted for a risky operation to remove the tumor that preserved the life of her child rather than undergo a hysterectomy. Six days after giving birth to Gianna Emanuela, she died from complications.

“It is a blessing for any nation to be visited by the daughter of a saint and to be reminded of a life of heroic virtue,” said Father Pavone. “In this case in particular, however, the visit of Gianna Emanuela is a call to America to recapture its own heart, to rekindle its commitment to the right to life, which it was founded to protect. St. Gianna Molla can teach America what true freedom is meant to be – a gift in the service of life!”

On July 12th at 7 p.m., Father Pavone will be the celebrant of a special Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Following Mass Dr. Molla will speak about her mother and several relics will be exposed for public veneration.

To view Dr. Molla’s schedule of events, please visit www.StGiannaPhysicians.org

Read more about her visit from the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild

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Rhetoric vs. Reality

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Eighth Commandment declares, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Everyone has a right to his good name and reputation, and this commandment forbids us to lie about what someone has or hasn’t done, or about who someone is.

The Culture of Death violates this commandment in a profound way. By allowing court decisions like Roe vs. Wade which says, “the word person…does not include the unborn,” society bears false witness against the unborn. It is a lie.

Abortionists go even further and call our unborn brothers and sisters names like “parasites,” or “products of conception” or “medical waste.” They bear false witness.

And anyone who says an abortion is justified is bearing false witness by denying that the child has the right to be protected from the abortionist’s knife.

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