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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Monday, September 10th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the state.

Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.

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Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

Friday, August 17th, 2012





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

“You will be doing well if you truly observe the sovereign law…’You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (James 2:8).

Reflection: Some prominent politicians claim that it is not their business to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America. That’s true. But none object to enforcing laws against stealing. Why isn’t that an imposition or religion, given the fact that the Bible and the Catechism tell us not to steal? The reason, of course, is that you have a right to your possessions, not because you are Catholic, but because you are human.

Prayer: Lord, help us distinguish between religious beliefs and moral laws rooted in our nature. Amen.

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Changing Laws and Public Policies

Thursday, August 9th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending abortion does not just mean changing hearts and minds; it means changing laws and public policies. In two short, powerful brochures — in English and Spanish, Fr. Frank Pavone gives you what you need to talk about the relationship between the civil law and the moral law, and the responsibilities of public officials to defend human life. “Caesar Must Obey God” shows why public servants cannot kill the public they are called to serve, and “Religious Beliefs, Abortion, and the Law” gives the answer to the charge that we are imposing our beliefs on others. Don’t miss out on these resources for yourself and your parish, especially at election time!

You can order these and many other resources at priests for life dot org slash store, that’s priests for life dot org slash store.

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The Church and Politics

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012





Churches and other tax exempt groups can say and do a lot more about elections than most of us think they can. Teaming up with legal experts, Priests for Life offers a seminar called, “The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as We Think?” This seminar booklet will give you guidance on what the IRS does and does not say, and on how Churches can register, educate, and mobilize voters. The seminar also features a talk by Fr. Frank Pavone on the theology of Church and state. This booklet can make a great tool to give your priest or group leader.

We also have a brochure called Ten Responses to Pro-Abortion Politicians.

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Priests for Life, Father Pavone praised in Congress

Friday, August 3rd, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life, its National Director and the many ministries under its pro-life umbrella were saluted in the United States House of Representatives on Aug. 1.  Six members of Congress spent 35 minutes speaking from the floor of Congress about the work of Priests for Life. As it normally does, C-Span broadcast the proceedings live.

Minnesota Congresswomen Michele Bachmann led the accolades, noting that Priests for Life is concluding the celebration of its 20th anniversary.

New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith, leader of the congressional pro-life caucus, said that for two decades he has been “moved, inspired and motivated to defend the weakest and most vulnerable among us by the remarkable life and pro-life witness of Father Frank Pavone,” whom, Mr. Smith noted, not only works to save unborn babies, but reaches out to women suffering after an abortion and even to abortionists themselves.

“This good priest sees not just the abortionist and their enablers committing violence against women and babies, but what might be if we genuinely care about their souls.”

Mr. Smith also noted the work of Janet Morana, Priests for Life’s executive director, and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which she co-founded to give women and men who have lost children to abortion a platform to tell the truth about their pain and healing.

Also speaking on the House floor during the session were Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska; Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio; Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan. Several others had indicated a desire to speak but there was not enough time in the 35 minutes allotted.

Mrs. Bachmann concluded the session with an explanation of the ministry:

“Priests for Life isn’t just for priests and it isn’t just for Catholics. The work of Priests for Life has enabled Americans of every walk of life, every ethnicity, every faith background, every political affiliation to awaken their consciences about the life issue, to speak up for the unborn… It’s very difficult to find any national initiative to the pro-life movement that either Father Frank Pavone or Priests for Life are somehow not deeply involved in.”

Mrs. Bachmann, noting her own commitment to pro-life work, said she is “extremely proud” to be affiliated with Priests for Life and Father Pavone.

‘I wish to thank Priests for Life for everything they continue to do protect and defend the sanctity of every human life.”

For the complete transcript in the Congressional Record, visit www.priestsforlife.org/congressional-record.pdf. To watch the House session, click http://bit.ly/MnoYpG

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A Prophetic Call

Friday, July 13th, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don’t see the Democratic Party Platform changing this summer, but that doesn’t mean we should accept it the way it is.

That’s why I’m calling on those who object to its pro-abortion plank to express that objection, loud and clear. I’ll be sending out an email shortly to give people a specific opportunity to do this.

Very much different from the Walking the Halls of Congress – by which we recently pushed legislation that has a very high probability of passing the House – this particular project is meant to be an expression of outrage at what has for too long been the status quo, and an effort to bring the battle to the enemy rather than just playing defense against the enemy bringing the battle to us.

In other words, for many years those entrusted with crafting the Republican party platform – and those who believe in it – have had to fend off attacks and efforts to remove the pro-life plank from that platform. They have had to defend and explain – publicly and privately – why the pro-life plank is there and should remain.

Meanwhile, the Democratic platform’s support for abortion remains unchallenged, and sails by every time with hardly so much as a symbolic protest.

However, surveys have consistently revealed that the majority of the rank and file Democrats are pro-life.

And certainly many outside the Democratic party believe it is a contradiction of the very purpose of government to have a party platform stand for the brutal killing of children.

So then why should the Democratic platform drafters and party loyalists not be forced to defend the pro-abortion plank and defend and explain why it is there and why they think it should remain?

This project seeks to harness the objection many have to the plank, and give that objection a voice. It seeks to call out to those who are once again going to let this egregious plank just sail on through to approval, and to say to them that many of the American people notice what they are doing and don’t go along with it.

In voicing this objection, these Americans also seek to educate their fellow citizens to the very existence of the pro-abortion plank.  Many, of course, are loyal to the party because they think it’s the party of their grandparents, not realizing the changes it has undergone, particularly its support for abortion.

Therefore the action item will be to voice this protest to those who are responsible for drafting the platform. In voicing this objection, we should also point to the graphic images of abortion. We make these images available at www.unborn.info which includes diagrams of the abortion procedure. We challenge those who are content to keep support for abortion in the platform to tell us what they mean by the word. Are the gruesome photos, and the disturbing diagrams, what they mean by the word “abortion?” And if not, what do they mean instead?

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Religious Freedom and Voter Guides

Monday, June 11th, 2012





Priests for Life is proud to have assisted the process by which Americans from coast to coast organized rallies for religious freedom on Friday, June 8. These rallies, along with our lawsuit (and 22 others) against the HHS mandate, will bring about a change.

In making that change, we have to be clear that our religious freedom must be comprehensive, rather than selective. It applies across the board. The US bishops have written in their recent statement on religious liberty:

“Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?”

When I read this, one of the things I think about are the spiritual works of mercy, among which is to “instruct the uninformed.” We share information that will help our brothers and sisters carry out their God-given mission in life.

And one of the ways we do that in an election year is to share information about the candidates and where they stand on the issues.

That is why this year, once again, Priests for Life has produced a voters’ guide for the Presidential race, and we are organizing teams of people nationwide to distribute these guides everywhere: on the street corners of their communities, in their organizational meetings, at the workplace, through social networking, and more. (You can sign up at PoliticalResponsibility.com).

The bishops have also said in their document, “We need, therefore, to speak frankly with each other when our freedoms are threatened.

Let me, then, speak frankly right here and now, and say that when citizens are intimidated from sharing voter guides with their fellow citizens, that is an infringement of their religious liberty. After all, spreading this information should not be understood only as a partisan activity. It is also an activity motivated by faith, by the awareness that we have a responsibility to the common good to share information that will help others fulfill what the bishops have identified as a moral and spiritual responsibility, namely, “to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest” (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, n. 34).

We cannot do that unless we know where the candidates stand on the issues, and there is no moral or legal reason not to spread that information.

Among the attorneys who advise us at Priests for Life are James Bopp, Jr. and Barry Bostrom, who are among the nation’s leading experts on tax law and on what Churches are allowed to do regarding elections. In a letter (full text found here), they advised us as follows:

“…[T]he distribution of campaign material by others in the church parking lot will not jeopardize the church’s tax exempt status. The mere permission of distribution of campaign materials by others in the church parking lot is not regulated by the Internal Revenue Code. The Code and its regulations are designed to limit only the activities and expenditures of non-profit organizations. Distribution of campaign materials by others outdoors, in a public parking lot, is not an activity or expenditure of the church…

Let us, indeed, defend our religious freedom, first and foremost by exercising it, by speaking freely and boldly, and by making a difference in this year’s elections!

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Frightening abortion statistics

Monday, October 31st, 2011





Some abortion supporters who don’t like the statistics that African American women have a higher abortion rate try to explain that away by claiming that the abortions among non Blacks aren’t being adequately reported.
But this shows a lack of awareness of how the abortion industry operates. First of all, statistics coming from the abortion show a better picture of how many abortions occur than do statistics from the government, and they show the discrepancy among African Americans. Furthermore, to the extent that abortionists fail to report abortions, they do not do so based on factors of race, but rather because they are careless, unscrupulous, and undisciplined practitioners, some of whom simply do not want to be known as abortionists. The disregard of abortionists for matters of conscience knows no bounds.

Must-have pro-life book: Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting It is a collection of lifesaving and informative pro-life essays from Fr. Pavone. Click here to order your copy today.

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We must protect life at every stage

Friday, October 28th, 2011





The service that the Church carries out to humanity embraces life at every stage and in every circumstance. Our “ethic of life” is indeed consistent, because love is indivisible. To fail to respect a human life at any stage of its development is to break the principle that holds it sacred at every stage of its development.

That is why one may never use our duty to life at one stage as a justification for destroying it at another. Some have tried to do this in the health care debate, by their willingness to expand child killing in the process of helping adults get medical treatment. This approach is self defeating, because as soon as we tolerate the killing of children, we undercut every rationale to provide health care to both children and adults.

Must-have pro-life book: Ending Abortion; Not Just Fighting It is a collection of lifesaving and informative pro-life essays from Fr. Pavone. Click here to order your copy today.

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Fr. Pavone: At the core of every political issue is the right to life

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011





Priests for Life welcomed today the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which the United States bishops are re-proposing, in order to give voters guidance in making their decisions. You can find the document at: priestsforlife.org/magisterium/bishops/fcstatement.pdf

Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life have formed the “Vote Pro-Life Coalition,” whereby many organizations are joining together to educate and mobilize voters in a non-partisan way. Fr. Pavone explained, “We ask the faithful to read, study and discuss this document.

In the new Introductory Note that accompanies the document, an especially helpful comment is that the guide ‘does not offer a quantitative listing of issues for equal consideration.’ To that we say ‘AMEN!’ Not all issues are equal; at the core of every issue is the right to life.”

Priests for Life points out that this document is not to be read in a vacuum, but in the light of all the Church documents on political responsibility, in particular Living the Gospel of Life, issued in 1998 by the full body of bishops. Priests for Life has distributed tens of thousands of those documents and has a study guide on it. Also, many bishops will issue their own statements as the election season intensifies, and Priests for Life will publicize them all on its special election page: PoliticalResponsibility.com.

Fr. Pavone also commented, “One of the messages of this coalition is that the theoretical principles which the Church teaches need to be understood in the practical context that blood is flowing in the streets from the holocaust of abortion. No matter what you want to say about how many other issues there are – and that’s true – when you’re in the middle of a battlefield with a few thousand casualties a day, you’re not exactly thinking about how bad the price of tea is. Let’s be realistic. If a candidate supports terrorism, you don’t say, ‘I disagree with you on that, but what’s your health care plan?’ Abortion is not one iota better than terrorism.”

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