In the thirteenth chapter of Ezekiel, we read these words, which the Lord told Ezekiel to speak to the people: “Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died.” The ongoing tragedy of abortion is an example of how lies kill those who should not have died, and the most fundamental lie behind abortion is not that the fetus isn’t a baby – rather, the lie is that one has a right to kill that baby. The lie is that a few handfuls of barley – that is, economic reasons – can be balanced against the value of a life.
Archive for October, 2011
In their pastoral plan for pro-life activities, the Catholic bishops of the United States have asked that at every mass a prayer be offered for the defense of human life.
To help parishes fulfill this request, Priests for Life prepares an entire set of Prayers of the Faithful for each Sunday of the year, based on the readings for that Sunday.
Among these petitions each week is a prayer for an end to abortion and other forms of violence, and for the growth of a Culture of Life.
We also provide homily hints and bulletin inserts for each Sunday.
You can find these resources at priestsforlife.org, and we also provide them weekly via email.
Help your pastor today by bringing him these weekly pro-life resources for the liturgy. Visit priestsforlife.org for information.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In conjunction with Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, will host a panel discussion and video presentation Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Research Council, 801 G Street.
“Redeem the Dream: The State of the Quality of Life in the 21st Century,” will present a frank assessment of how far African-Americans have come since Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, and how the dream has been imperiled by the abortion industry.
“The murder of millions of African-American babies by abortion was not something my Uncle Martin envisioned or would ever have supported,” said Dr. King. “He was unequivocally pro-life, and it would break his heart to know that so many African-American leaders endorse freedom of choice over the right to life.”
Co-hosting “Redeem the Dream” will be King for America, Priests for Life, Care-Net, Heartbeat INTL, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Network of Politically Active Christians, Congress on Racial Equality, Students for Life, National Black Pro-Life Union and Protecting Black Life.
Reservations are not required for the event. To arrange an interview with Dr. King, please call Andre Kim at 347-286-7277.
Do you know someone who has been hurt by abortion, and who wants to do something to keep others from experiencing the same pain?
If so, please tell them about the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
Coordinated by Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life, this campaign gives women and men an opportunity to share with others the fact that abortion hurt them. We hold healing services and public educational events. Participants hold signs saying “I regret my abortion” or “I regret lost fatherhood.”
The campaign gives them a loving and confidential network of others who have been through the same pain, and have found healing in Jesus Christ. The effort is interdenominational. Find out more information at our website: silentnomoreawareness.org
Parents deserve better choices than abortion.
“Pope John Paul II explained the importance of being true to fundamental Church teachings: Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (Christifideles Laici, no. 38).”
These words come from paragraph 26 of the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Every four years, just before a Presidential Election year, the bishops’ conference issues a statement on political responsibility. The bishops recently re-issued the same document they voted on four years ago, accompanied by a new introductory note.
Two other quotes found in the document are as follows:
“The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many (n. 28).”
“In our nation, ‘abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others’ (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5) (n. 22).”
Now some people will say, “Yes, but that’s only part of what the document says.” Of course it is. And many will comment on other sections. As for me, I carry out a prophetic ministry to call the People of God to place priority and urgent attention on ending the slaughter of children by abortion. And nothing in any of the Church’s teaching contradicts that priority, or any of the quotes above.
We at Priests for Life echo the bishops’ call for a consistent ethic of life, properly understood, which begins with the proclamation that life is sacred and that the right to life can never be denied to a person, whether born or unborn. This ethic continues to call for the efforts of public officials and citizens to preserve other fundamental rights and to enhance the quality of life in the arenas of education, health care, security, and many more.
The bishops furthermore point out that as we participate in political parties, we are also called to change those parties wherever and whenever their positions fail to correspond to the demands of justice and the common good. In particular, we at Priests for Life call upon the Democratic Party to abandon its pro-abortion stance, recognizing that such a stance imperils and dilutes any progress that can be made on other issues.
The statement encourages Catholics to use voter education materials produced by their dioceses, and so do we. Unfortunately, many dioceses do not produce any voter guides or election-related materials. Priests for Life urges such dioceses to do so. The faithful, of course, are always free to produce and use other election-related material. This is consistent with the statement’s call to be active in the political process and in political parties themselves.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – The staff of Stand True Ministries, Priests for Life and all the ministries under the Priests for Life/Gospel of Life umbrella were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Students for Life of America field director Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn daughter, Sophy.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, Kortney, 28, and Sophy were killed instantly in a head-on car accident coming home from a Students for Life of America event in Georgia. Two students and an SFLA staff member were injured in the crash. A 58-year-old South Carolina resident in the other vehicle also was killed.
“I have known and worked alongside Kortney for many years; she was a friend, fellow pro-life warrior and a woman of God,” said Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life. “For as long as I have known Kortney she has selflessly given her life as a sacrifice, standing in the gap for the victims of abortion.
“Kortney often quoted one of her heroes, Sophie Scholl, a young German activist who sacrificed her life while speaking out against the Nazi holocaust. Kortney has lived her life like Sophie and will be counted as a hero herself in the fight against the abortion holocaust.”
Father Frank Pavone said, “At moments like this we’re reminded that this great pro-life movement is a family. Let’s comfort one another with as much prayer and assistance as we can.”
Students for Life of America is accepting donations to help with funeral expenses for Kortney and Sophy. For information on how to donate, go to: kortneyandsophy.sagefundraisingonline.com/2
Stand True and Priests for Life will be dedicating this year’s Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct 18 to the memory of Kortney and Sophy.
At Priests for Life, we are committed to training seminarians to be strong and effective pro-life advocates. In fact, many of these young men have found their vocation precisely through the pro-life movement.
You can play a role in forming our future priests by encouraging seminarians you know to take advantage of the special resources and training we provide. Visit PriestsforLife.org and help us form tomorrow’s pro-life priests!
ATLANTA – Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, today commented on the passing of civil rights leader Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth.
“Dr. Shuttlesworth was a giant among Servant Christian Leaders. When our home was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, Dr. Shuttlesworth was a source of comfort and encouragement to our family. He will be sorely missed.”
Dr. Shuttlesworth, who died Wednesday at the age of 89, worked alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 to organize demonstrations against segregation in Birmingham. Earlier, he was one of four founding ministers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
“My father, Rev. A. D. King, worked very closely with Dr. Fred. The staunch and courageous preacher and civil rights giant is credited as being part of the coalition that gave us the ‘Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement,’ which stressed non-violence, prayer and sacrifice.
Go to priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/non-violence.htm and scroll to the bottom to see the “Ten Commandments of the Civil Rights Movement” from the text “New Day in Birmingham.”
Staten Island, NY – Fr. Pavone today called on Congress to pass H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, a bill that would bar abortion funding in the President’s health care law.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced that the House will vote on the Protect Life Act next week. The bill would bar the President’s “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” from directly or indirectly funding abortions and would add right of conscience protections for health care workers unwilling to participate in abortions.
“Congress needs to take the funding wiggle room out of health care and close the loopholes – it needs to pass the Protect Life Act so that the public doesn’t have to pay for abortion,” Fr. Pavone said. “Moreover, those who work in the health care industry and who live out their deeply held beliefs need more conscience protection and they need it in writing. This Act will strengthen their protection.”
Priests for Life today alerted every Catholic parish in the nation to have its people call their Congressional representative about this bill.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.
The Feast of St. Gerard Majella is approaching. He is the patron saint of pregnant mothers, of childbirth, and of unborn children.
Priests for Life invites you to join a special novena in his honor. You can download a prayer to St. Gerard at our web site and send us any prayer intentions you have for couples who are seeking to conceive a child, or for women having difficult pregnancies, for those who have lost children, or who have special prayer intentions for their living children.
All of our priests will remember those intentions during this novena, leading up to St. Gerard’s feast day on October 16th.
Many miracles have been worked through the intercession of St. Gerard, especially in regard to pregnancy and childbirth. Please join the St. Gerard Majella novena, found at priestsforlife.org.