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

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:

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:

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.”

A Pro-Life Position is “Good Politics”

A new CNN/ORC International poll that showed a majority of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in some or all circumstances should serve as a wake-up call to political candidates who believe they have to pander to a pro-choice constituency, according to Father Pavone.

The Sept. 9-11 telephone poll of 1,038 voters revealed that 41 percent of respondents said abortion should be “legal in a few circumstances,” and 21 percent said it should be “illegal in all circumstances.” Only 25 percent said it should be “legal under any circumstances.”

“This poll echoes earlier surveys, dating back five years, in pointing out that at a majority of Americans feel that abortion is very often not justified,” Father Pavone said. “Those poll respondents also represent voters. They are a silent majority that will vote for candidates who embrace a pro-life position.

“Politicians who say they personally oppose abortion but want to see it remain legal have to get off the fence once and for all and declare that abortion is an evil Americans will no longer tolerate,” Father Pavone concluded. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s good politics, and Priests for Life is engaging the mechanism to mobilize those voters.”

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International Network of Catholic Legislators

Each year at the end of August, the International Network of Catholic Legislators meets in Rome. This gathering, which I will address again this year, seeks to network and encourage practicing Catholics in elected office, and give them ongoing formation, spiritual guidance, and strategic ideas that they can implement. At a time when so many moral and religious values are under attack from dangerous forms of legislation, and in a climate where faith is so often divorced from public life, this network is very valuable and necessary.

All of us can participate in two ways. First, as Scripture says, we should pray for those in authority. Second, we have to be active citizens, carefully evaluating those for whom we vote, and then communicating with them once they are in office.

Getting to Know the Candidates is Essential

In the various debates which have been held so far between Presidential candidates, the issue of abortion has come up. It has been discussed in terms of legislation that the candidate has signed or would sign, nominees which would be selected for the courts, the role of the states in relation to the Federal government, and whether there are any exceptions under which babies should be protected.

Now is the time to pay attention to these debates, and to what the candidates say about abortion and the other issues. Getting to know the candidates is essential if we are to carry out our duty to be informed and active voters. At, we will keep you informed of these and other developments as Election Season 2012 continues to unfold.

Elections 2012: Be Free, Be Smart, Be Responsible!

The Election 2012 season is well underway.

Among the Church documents most important to pay attention to in this and every election cycle is Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics, issued by the entire body of United States bishops in 1998. In that document we read:

“We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue — or lack thereof — is a judgment not only on them, but on us. Because of this, we urge our fellow citizens 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” (n. 34).

Put another way, the bishops are calling us to be free, be smart, and take responsibility. We are to be free from the seductive power of empty rhetoric, seductive slogans, and campaigns based more on hype than substance. We are to be free, moreover, from a blind loyalty to a party just because our grandparents always voted for it, while we are unaware of how the things that party now stands for have changed.

We are to be smart, attentive, informed. We need to get to know the candidates as far in advance as possible, and not only hear what they say, but see how they have governed in the past, how they have shown loyalty to their principles, with whom they have associated and from whom they seek and receive their endorsements.

We are to take responsibility. The quality of those elected reflects the quality of those who elect them. We have to get engaged in the process – starting now – stay engaged, and get as many others engaged as we can. And we who go into the pulpits have to open our mouths and stop being afraid of talking about what the Church teaches regarding politics and elections.

We can begin to put all this into practice by paying attention to what is happening in the coming weeks and months.

Other events to take note of as the election calendar progresses can be found at Let’s be informed and involved!

Announcing the Vote Pro-Life Coalition

Priests for Life has once again launched the Vote Pro-Life Coalition, by which dozens of national pro-life organizations will work together to have an impact on the elections of 2012. The record number of pro-life laws which have been passed on the state level in the past year shows the impact that elections can have. Moreover, the makeup of the Supreme Court, and the fact that in the next few years it can shift either toward or away from pro-life positions, highlights the importance of federal elections.

All together, we must work to advance the Culture of Life in the voting booth. Let’s pray, be informed, register voters, distribute information about the candidates, show others the importance of pro-life voting, and get many others to the polls.

Join Us in Jacksonville!

From June 23-25, the National Right to Life convention will be held in Jacksonville, FL. Hundreds of pro-life activists will gather from around the country to sharpen their skills in talking about abortion, lobbying for pro-life laws, electing pro-life candidates, and healing those wounded by abortion.

Just as important, these pro-life people will strengthen one another with their sharing of information, experience, and encouragement.

The National Right to Life Committee is one of the most respected and effective lobbying groups in the United States, as acknowledged by supporters of abortion as well as opponents. National Right to Life has also played an irreplaceable role in getting pro-life candidates elected to public office, and then keeping them pro-life once they get there. For information on how to register for this conference, visit the NRLC web site.

Priests for Life announces Vote Pro-life Coalition

Father Pavone made the following announcement today regarding the 2012 Elections:

“As you well know, the 2012 Election cycle is already underway, and rightly so,” Father Pavone said. “It is never too early to prepare and mobilize to elect pro-life candidates. Therefore, Priests for Life is once again announcing the ‘Vote Pro-life Coalition,’ which will unite organizations, Churches, and activists across the country to make a difference at the voting booth for the cause of life.

“You can sign up at, and you will hear about various resources, activities, webcasts, and ways you can help in the months to come.”

Fr. Pavone on Passage of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Fr. Pavone today hailed the House’s 251-175 vote to approve H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

“The American public has for decades opposed the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act simply codifies the longstanding will of the people. Today’s vote once again shows why the House of Representatives is, indeed, the People’s House.”

“At a time when every government expenditure is being questioned, subsidizing the already profitable abortion industry cannot be justified morally or fiscally,” added Fr. Pavone. “It’s now up to the Senate to show whether it represents the American people or a business that destroys over a million lives a year.”

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Pavone released the following statement in advance of the May 4th vote on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

“The pro-life movement has another opportunity this week to take a giant step forward to protect the unborn by urging support for House Resolution 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Americans do not – and have never wanted – to pay for the killing of children.

“To every legislator that votes against this bill, we will send women who have suffered from the abortions they had, and they will ask, Why would you want to fund my pain?

“Then we will urge the voters to elect public servants who can tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public.”