Archive for May, 2012

The Power of Testimony

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The Christian Faith advances through testimony.  Jesus gives testimony to the Father; the Apostles give testimony to the Resurrection; Paul gives testimony to his conversion; Augustine gives testimony in his Confessions; you and I give and receive the testimony of how Jesus changes the lives He enters.  That is why the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is so powerful and necessary.  Men and women wounded by abortion and then healed are speaking out about the lie of abortion and the power of Jesus.  They are giving testimony to why life must be protected.  The power of their testimony is calling many to repentance and healing.  If you feel called to give a testimony about your abortion, or know someone else who does, contact us at silentnomoreawareness.org.

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Using Images to Combat Rhetoric

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Today I want to share with you the following e-mail I received from a pro-abortion person who visited the Priests for Life web site and saw the pictures of aborted babies. She wrote:

“I thought that you would like to know that you have changed the mind of at least one person with your web site, me.  Although I have never had an abortion myself, I have always thought that it should be a woman’s right to do what she wanted to her body.  Today I stand corrected.  Thank you for showing me the truth.  I will pray for success in your fight against abortion, and for all the children who die every day.”  

Invite others to view these images at priestsforlife.org.  You may e-mail and print them. Nothing is more effective to end abortion.

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Fr. Pavone welcomes news of latest lawsuit against HHS mandate

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

 Father Frank issued the following statement today about the latest lawsuit to be filed against the HHS contraception mandate:

“I congratulate Legatus for deciding to jump into the legal assault on the HHS Mandate.  This brings the total to ten lawsuits, including that of Priests for Life. It is a strategic benefit to have various lawsuits in different parts of the country, so that more courts get involved in ruling on the issues involved, and creating the potential kind of conflict that the Supreme Court may be more likely to resolve.”

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Resources for Building a Culture of Life

Monday, May 7th, 2012

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.

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Ignoring the Reality of Abortion

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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 calls for Chinese dissident to be brought to safety

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Priests for Life has joined calls for the U.S. State Department to immediately take steps to bring to safety Chinese forced-abortion dissident Chen Guangcheng, his family and anyone who helped him escape house arrest two weeks ago.

“There is no way to ensure their safety if they remain in China,” said Father Frank. “The whole world is watching this situation, and we must act now.

“Chen has been courageous enough to speak out against forced abortion and sterilization in China.  But for too long, the United States has been silent about the brutality with which these policies are enforced, and the way those who oppose them are silenced.  We cannot be silent about the very real danger facing Chen, his wife, Yuan Weijing, and those who helped him.”

Father Pavone urged everyone to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives about this matter.

The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, a ministry of Gospel of Life, has urged Parliamentarians to voice concern for Chen to Chinese officials and embassies in their respective countries; to call, fax and e-mail national embassies in China to create global concern for Chen’s well-being, and to use social media to keep the international spotlight on Chen and his family.  For information, go to PNCIUS.org

The Christian Defense Coalition has organized a prayer vigil for Friday at Noon in front of the White House.  The location is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, on the Lafayette Park side.  Priests for Life will be one of the groups represented.

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Reducing the “Need” for Abortion

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

We sometimes hear from those on the other side of the pro-life battle that they want to work together with us to “reduce the need for abortion”.  It is part of our pro-life mission to reduce the numbers of abortions, and in fact our goal is not just to reduce but to end it.  We have to start by making it clear that there is no need for abortion in the first place.  No abortion is necessary, neither medically, nor morally.  Women get abortions not because of freedom of choice, but because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.  Yet when the People of God provide better choices, the way is clear to help both mother and child.  Yes, we will reduce abortions, but let’s never imply there is a need for abortion.

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Catholic Group Responds to Obama’s Desperate Attempt

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Staten Island, NY — Priests for Life, a New York-based international pro-life organization of Catholic clergy and laity, today announced that their attorneys have responded to the Obama Administration’s desperate attempt to “shut down” the group’s lawsuit that’s been filed to stop ObamaCare from violating the conscience and morals of Americans.

Recently, Obama’s lawyers sent a letter to the court announcing its intention to file a motion to dismiss — claiming erroneously that Priests for Life does not have legal “standing” to bring the lawsuit, and that the organization hasn’t been “injured” yet because the regulations won’t take effect until January.

Priests for Life lead attorney Charles LiMandri argued that the government is simply wrong.  He wrote in his response, “Priests for Life has standing, its claims are ripe for review, and this court is ‘obliged’ to address the merits of each.”

LiMandri quotes Thomas v. Union Carbide Agric. Prod. Co., 473 U.S. at 581 (1985)—a case whose precedence applies here: “One does not have to await the consummation of threatened injury to obtain preventive relief.”

The lawsuit that scares the Obama Administration, Priests for Life v. Sebelius, seeks to permanently block the implementation of the HHS mandate that imposes clear violations of conscience upon any and all citizens who morally object to abortion and contraception.

“Since the HHS mandate directly affects Priests for Life—and every U.S. citizen—through compulsory funding of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, our lawsuit is 100 percent legitimate,” says LiMandri.

LiMandri points out that the HHS ‘Abortion Mandate’ forces Priests for Life to either pay for abortion-causing pills…promote them…or be penalized if their employee health-care plan doesn’t comply with the audacious dictatorial decrees of ObamaCare.

“According to the ObamaCare law as it’s written, Priests for Life would be fined as much as $100 per day, per employee.  This would cost Priests for Life nearly $2 million a year in fines, and we’re not going to accept this at all.”

Priests for Life is leading the way with this legal challenge of the constitutionality of ObamaCare based on religious freedom issues.

Fr. Frank states, “We urge our Priests for Life family and all concerned Americans to pray for the success of this legal battle.  In my travels across the nation, I see the strength and faith of the American people, and I know we will prevail.”

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Whether Convenient or Inconvenient

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Some pastors hesitate to address the abortion issue because they are afraid of controversy and opposition from their congregations.  This is precisely where we need to strengthen their hearts, however, and remind them of the words and example of St. Paul, who declared that the word must be preached in season and out of season, whether convenient or inconvenient.  A pastor is appointed by God to proclaim His word; He is not appointed by the people to tickle their ears.  Moreover, on the abortion issue, most of the public is with us.  This is increasingly true, as statistics show more and more people identifying themselves as pro-life.  If people object to the pro-life message, they are the ones in the minority, and they should be told as much.  It’s time to stand boldly for life.

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