Archive for December, 2013

Priests for Life to Have its Day in Court!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Priest for Life’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate will be on the docket Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Priests for Life’s attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center and attorneys for the Obama administration are asking the court to decide on the constitutionality of the HHS mandate.

Plaintiffs in the case are Priests for Life as well as individual plaintiffs Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Priests for Life contends that forcing the ministry to authorize coverage for contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to the participants and beneficiaries of its healthcare plan is a violation of its constitutional right to religious freedom and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“With this mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act, the government is not only violating our religious beliefs; they are also taking it upon themselves to tell us what the boundaries of those religious beliefs are. It is not up to the government to tell us when our conscience hurts; on the contrary, it’s up to us as believers to tell the government.”

Father Pavone is confident in the outcome of this case, and the judgment, which is expected before January 1, when the Priests for Life insurance plan is renewed, could be among the very first judgments rendered for religious non-profits on the merits of the arguments.

According to Robert Muise, American Freedom Law Center co-founder and senior counsel, “The question for the court on Monday is not whether compliance with the contraception mandate can be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church. That’s a question of religious conscience for the plaintiffs, and they have concluded that their legal and religious obligations are incompatible. Consequently, the contraception mandate forces them to do what their religion tells them they must not do in direct violation of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Father Pavone and Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, will travel to D.C. Monday to be in the courtroom and will be available for comment.

As he has said since filing the initial lawsuit in February 2012 – the fourth to be filed against the mandate – Father Pavone reiterated that, regardless of the judge’s findings, “We will not obey this mandate. We do not adapt to injustice. We oppose it.”

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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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“The dawn from on high will break upon us to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79).

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies on the Priests for Life website wrote to us,  “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.”

Prayer: Correct us, Lord, that we may see life as you see it, and help others do the same. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“You also must be prepared, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44).

Reflection: The word “Advent” means “coming,” and the season focuses on the coming of Christ at the end of time, and then on his first coming at Christmas. The joy of Advent is joined by a strong warning that we must be prepared for his coming. Promoting justice and human rights is a key element of our preparation. A society that aborts its children is not prepared for the coming of Christ.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus. May we be prepared to welcome you by welcoming all human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“No one can tame the tongue…With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:8-9).

Reflection: In the efforts to oppress various segments of humanity, dehumanizing language is always used. The unborn have been called “parasites,” “tissue,” and other non-personal names. Such language not only degrades persons, but dishonors the One who made them in his image. The Culture of Life demands language that ennobles and honors.

Prayer: Guard our tongues, Lord God, that what we say about human lives may always honor them and you. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears’ …declares the Lord…’There is hope for your future” (Jeremiah 31:16-17).

Reflection: A woman writes of her abortion,  “It was gruesome. I looked over and could see body parts floating in a sea of blood. I was 10 weeks pregnant. The canister was right next to my head. I screamed and screamed. The nurse covered it. It changed my life forever. I could never look at children after that without crying. I did become a Christian…I know God has forgiven me.”

Prayer: Lord, send repentance and forgiveness on all who have had abortions. Hear their cries; fill them with new hope. Amen.

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