Archive for March, 2012

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Monday, March 19th, 2012





Today the Church celebrates the Feast of her patron, St. Joseph. Though not the biological father of Jesus, Who was born of a virgin, Joseph was His protector and the faithful husband of Mary.

Joseph is a model for all fathers today. Essential to fatherhood is the protection of one’s children. One of the main reasons for abortion is that the mother does not experience the supportive, faithful encouragement of the baby’s father. Often, the only “choice” in the matter is the abortion that the father forces on the mother. 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. See rachelsvineyard.org and priestsforlife.org for more information.

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Priests for Life applauds latest lawsuit against HHS mandate

Monday, March 19th, 2012





Number of lawsuits, including that of Priests for Life, now Nine

New York, NY — Father Frank hailed the newest lawsuit — the ninth to be filed against the Health and Human Services mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortifacients — as another sign that opposition to this unjust mandate has just begun.

O’Brien vs. Sebelius is a lawsuit brought by an individual or private employer not affiliated with any religious institution or organization.

“We are very happy that a private business owner recognizes that this mandate affects virtually all health care plans and all employers, across the board and across the country,” Father Pavone said. “In our own lawsuit, Priests for Life vs. Sebelius, which was the fourth of the nine filed so far, Priests for Life is opposing this mandate as employers, not as a religious group. Religious freedom is not a right just of religious groups; it’s a right of every American.”

Attorney Charles LiMandri filed the Priests for Life suit Feb. 15 in Brooklyn Federal Court. The suit seeks injunctive relief from the HHS rules – first on behalf of Priests for Life, and then extending universally since all organizations and companies will be affected by the tyrannical HHS decree.

Fr. Pavone observed, “Priests for Life is fighting this mandate on all fronts: mobilizing the Churches, educating the public through the media, supporting legislative solutions, organizing nationwide rallies for religious freedom to take place this Friday in over 100 cities, and being among the first to challenge the mandate in Court. We are grateful for Cardinal Dolan’s recent remarks pointing to the importance of the lawsuits as perhaps the best way of solving this problem.”

See here for the full text of the Priests for Life lawsuit.

To read a summary of all nine lawsuits currently pending, visit: priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/hhs-lawsuits.pdf

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Rally for Religious Freedom set for Friday on Wall Street

Monday, March 19th, 2012





Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, will be the keynote speakers Friday, March 23rd at noon at the Rally for Religious Freedom at the Federal Hall National Memorial in Manhattan.

Similar rallies in over a hundred cities across the nation this Friday are part of a coordinated effort in which Priests for Life has played a leading role once the effort was initiated by the Pro-life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-life Society. The rallies protest the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring all employer health plans to include free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. Catholic universities, hospitals and not-for-profits like Priests for Life will be forced by the federal government to provide services that directly contradict Church teaching.

“The mandate is a clear violation of the First Amendment and should be rescinded on that basis,” Dr. King said. “But beyond that, the mandate endangers women by giving them poison and calling it health care. Birth control pills are bad for women; abortifacients are bad for women. We need to tell the truth, and to make sure that our voices are heard.”

Other speakers at the Federal Hall bilingual rally will include Father Victor Salomon, Director of Hispanic Outreach for Priests for Life; Father Agustino Torres of the Franciscan Friars; Chris Slattery, founder of Expectant Mother Care; Monsignor Philip Reilly of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants; Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Chris Bell, founder of Good Counsel Homes, and Dr. Anne Nolte of the St. Gianna Center for Women’s Health.

Priests for Life, which is organizing the New York City rally, filed the fourth of nine lawsuits against the Obama administration over the contraception/abortifacient mandate. The suit, filed Feb. 15 in Brooklyn Federal Court, seeks to permanently block the HHS mandate.

“Ours was the first lawsuit filed subsequent to the so-called ‘accommodation’ announced by the President on February 10, hence signaling to the administration in no uncertain terms that we did not consider his ‘accommodation’ helpful at all,” said Father Frank.

The lawsuits and rallies are accompanied by a prayer campaign to reverse the mandate; prayers for each day can be found at PrayerCampaign.org.

Federal Hall National Memorial is located at 26 Wall Street. For information, visit StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com, email Rally@PriestsForLife.org or call 347-286-7520.

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Abortion Leads to Euthanasia

Friday, March 16th, 2012





The abortion mentality never stops with abortion. After all, if a mother has the right to choose to kill her innocent, unwanted child, why doesn’t the child have the right to kill her innocent, unwanted mother?

That’s what the right to die movement is all about. It has nothing to do with people wanting to die. It has everything to do with people wanting to live, but other people not caring for them and claiming that they are better off if a doctor kills them.

It’s an exact parallel with abortion, because women who get abortions don’t want them. Someone else does. It’s not about women’s rights, but about how we have failed to meet the needs of women.

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Accommodation Isn’t An Option

Thursday, March 15th, 2012





The Pope and bishops, in their writings about abortion, have told us that we are not to “accommodate ourselves” to laws permitting abortion.

This means much more than simply not having or participating in an abortion. It means that we don’t let anything keep us from loving and defending the unborn. In other words, if the law protects the act of killing these babies, we are seen as “interfering” if we speak up for them and try to save them. We are made to feel out of place.

If we let that stop us, we have accommodated to the abortion law.

Instead, we are to look those laws in the face, say they have no authority, and speak up to save the children.

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Join Us In Prayer

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012





This Lent, I invite you to join our national prayer campaign to end abortion. If you visit our web site you will be able to sign up for and obtain the “Prayer of Commitment” that Priests for Life invites every believer to pray daily. In addition to the prayer, which you will find in English and Spanish, you will likewise be able to indicate that you are offering Masses, rosaries, and other spiritual sacrifices on behalf of our unborn brothers and sisters. Remember, not only can they not speak, but they cannot even pray. They are helpless spiritually as well as physically. We must stand in the gap.

Lent, a time of extra prayer, is a perfect time to pray more for the unborn. Please join the National Prayer Campaign at priestsforlife.org!

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The Spirit of Life

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012





In his Letter to the Romans, Paul writes, “If the spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also.” The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of life, and to accept the call to follow Christ is to accept the call to welcome, nourish, defend, and celebrate life. We are the people of the One Who conquered death, and that is why we fight against the power of death as it manifests itself in evils like abortion. To stand with Christ is to stand with life, not to justify what takes life.

The Church’s pro-life work is not based on political ideology, but on the truths Christ has revealed to us.

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Fullness of Redemption

Monday, March 12th, 2012





In Psalm 1:30 we read, “For with the Lord is kindness, and fullness of redemption.” He does not give us only the redemption of some or most aspects of our existence; He gives us the fullness of redemption. He does not only destroy our sins – He destroys our death. He does not only raise up our souls; He raises up our bodies. He does not only restore our relationship with Him; He restores our relationships with everyone else. The Lord gives us fullness of redemption, which means He frees us from all that oppresses the human family. And that is precisely the connection between our faith and our pro-life work. When we labor to end the oppression of children in the womb, we are bearing witness to what the fullness of redemption means.

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An American Takeover of America

Monday, March 12th, 2012





Senator Roy Blunt, who sponsored the amendment in the Senate that, had it received a few more votes, would have protected conscience rights of employers, said, “This is a debate that might be settled at that building across the street,” referring to the Supreme Court.

Indeed, as of this writing, eight different lawsuits have been launched against the Obama administration to block the unjust HHS mandate. I am proud to have authorized the fourth of these eight, Priests for Life vs. Sebelius, filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York on February 15, 2012. Ours was the first lawsuit filed subsequent to the so-called “accommodation” announced by the President on February 10, hence signaling to the administration in no uncertain terms that we did not consider his “accommodation” helpful at all.

The eight lawsuits so far, arranged by the date they were filed, are as follows:

November 10, 2011 Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius
December 21, 2011 Colorado Christian University v. Sebelius
February 9, 2012 Eternal Word Television Network v. Sebelius
February 15, 2012 Priests for Life v. Sebelius
February 20, 2012 Louisiana College v. Sebelius
February 21, 2012 Ave Maria University v. Sebelius
February 21, 2012 Geneva College v. Sebelius
February 23, 2012 Bruning v. Sebelius (This is the one whose plaintiffs include the states of Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.)

You may want to share this list with your local media, since some outlets continue to get the count wrong.

Though freedom of religion has been the theme most central to this debate, a common theme in these lawsuits is likewise freedom of speech. To quote from the Complaint we filed (which you can find on our web site), “The…mandate compels Priests for Life to provide education and counseling regarding contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients…[and hence]…to engage in speech that violates its sincerely-held religious beliefs.”

Freedom of speech, in other words, by giving you the right to say what you want to say, necessarily also contains the right to not say what you don’t want to say, and it doesn’t matter if you are forced to say it yourself or to pay someone else to say it.

The Complaint also states that we have filed this suit “to protect the rights of all Americans.” Freedom of speech and freedom of religion do not belong only to religious groups, but to everyone. The other side wants to frame this battle as just a sectarian issue — most particularly a Catholic issue.

During the 2000 elections, a reporter said at a Priests for Life press conference at the National Press Club, “Fr. Frank is calling for a Vatican takeover of America.”

As I said then, I am not calling for any Vatican takeover of America; I’m calling for an American takeover of America! It’s fine to say we stand with our religious leaders, but let’s make it clear that they and we are standing with our Constitution and our great nation, rooted in God’s gift of freedom.

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National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

Friday, March 9th, 2012





Tomorrow, March 10, pro-abortion activists observe the annual National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. They want to make into heroes the people who get paid for killing babies.

Former abortionist Dr. Tony Levatino provided this comment on today’s observance: “Eight years of performing abortions affirming a woman’s “right to choose”. Over 1200 innocent children in five years of private practice shredded in suction machines and dismembered in late-term abortions. Hundreds of dead little faces staring back at me. Dozens of women who chose abortion assuming that they would be able to become pregnant at some later date who found out differently as the years rolled by. A National Day of Appreciation for what I did? No thank you.”

Let’s pray tomorrow for all abortionists, that they may experience repentance, conversion, and new life.

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