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The Power to Save Lives

Thursday, October 27th, 2011





We are all familiar with the power of ultrasound images have to save lives. Now we have a tool far more powerful than ultrasound. It is called embryoscopy. Though rarely used, this procedure has yielded powerful video footage of the unborn child. A tiny camera is placed up against the amniotic sac to yield full color video of the child from about four to twelve weeks old. A video containing this footage has been made which has such strong medical, secular credentials that it has won eleven awards and been endorsed by National Geographic. Now Priests for Life is distributing this video within the pro-life community and seeks to get it into all the churches, pregnancy centers, and schools across America. Find out more at www.priestsforlife.org

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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Father Pavone hails House passage of the Protect Life Act

Monday, October 17th, 2011





WASHINGTON, D.C. – Father Pavone issued the following statement about Thursday’s 251-172 vote for the Protect Life Act in the House of Representatives.

“On its way to being passed by the House, the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358) was described by its detractors as a waste of time, a distraction that took the focus off the economy, and a death sentence for women facing life-threatening pregnancies.

“It is none of those things.

“Saving lives is never a waste of time, and this bill, at its core, is about saving lives, but it also represents the majority of the American people who do not want their tax dollars paying for abortion. Those who voted against the bill contradicted the wishes of their constituents, and should be held accountable in the elections.

“Repairing the economy and creating jobs is crucial, but it has never been and will never be as crucial as preserving the right to life. The right to life is the foundation on which all our other rights are built. We must protect life first, and then look for solutions to our other problems.

“As for the claim that the Protect Life Act would leave pregnant women bleeding to death on emergency room floors, that is pure theatrics.

“The American people know what the Protect Life Act would and would not do. It would prohibit their tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, and it would protect the conscience rights of medical workers who oppose abortion. It’s a good bill, a necessary bill, and the House took an important first step in passing it.”

Father Pavone urged supporters to make their views known to their senators.

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A Renewed Call to Faithful Citizenship and the Priority of Life

Monday, October 10th, 2011





“Pope John Paul II explained the importance of being true to fundamental Church teachings: Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (Christifideles Laici, no. 38).”

These words come from paragraph 26 of the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Every four years, just before a Presidential Election year, the bishops’ conference issues a statement on political responsibility. The bishops recently re-issued the same document they voted on four years ago, accompanied by a new introductory note.

Two other quotes found in the document are as follows:

“The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many (n. 28).”

“In our nation, ‘abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others’ (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 5) (n. 22).”

Now some people will say, “Yes, but that’s only part of what the document says.” Of course it is. And many will comment on other sections. As for me, I carry out a prophetic ministry to call the People of God to place priority and urgent attention on ending the slaughter of children by abortion. And nothing in any of the Church’s teaching contradicts that priority, or any of the quotes above.

We at Priests for Life echo the bishops’ call for a consistent ethic of life, properly understood, which begins with the proclamation that life is sacred and that the right to life can never be denied to a person, whether born or unborn. This ethic continues to call for the efforts of public officials and citizens to preserve other fundamental rights and to enhance the quality of life in the arenas of education, health care, security, and many more.

The bishops furthermore point out that as we participate in political parties, we are also called to change those parties wherever and whenever their positions fail to correspond to the demands of justice and the common good. In particular, we at Priests for Life call upon the Democratic Party to abandon its pro-abortion stance, recognizing that such a stance imperils and dilutes any progress that can be made on other issues.

The statement encourages Catholics to use voter education materials produced by their dioceses, and so do we. Unfortunately, many dioceses do not produce any voter guides or election-related materials. Priests for Life urges such dioceses to do so. The faithful, of course, are always free to produce and use other election-related material. This is consistent with the statement’s call to be active in the political process and in political parties themselves.

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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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Faithful Citizenship

Thursday, September 1st, 2011





At various times, in parishes, dioceses and universities, seminars and presentations are held on “Faithful Citizenship,” that is, the Church’s teachings on our responsibilities as citizens and voters. While it is necessary that we have teaching on this point, it is unfortunate that a common pattern is that these presentations become slanted in one way or another to partisan politics. It’s not that the presenter says, “Vote Republican” or “Vote Democrat.” It’s that they will emphasize one part of the Church’s message to the neglect of the other. For instance, one point often omitted is that the Pope and bishops have said often that the right to life is the most important issue in any election, and this is not only Church teaching – it’s common sense. After all, if we don’t have life, we don’t have anything.

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 5th, 2011






In a few days we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Like every Feast, it is a celebration of Jesus Christ. This feast shows us that because of her unique role as his mother, Mary received from Jesus a full share, body and soul, in his victory over death. The feast is a reminder that in Christ, we all will share resurrection of the body.
Mary has it now, because in the human family, which God decided to join, there can be no closer bond than mother and child. They belong together; their destinies are intertwined.
That is one of the central messages of the pro-life movement. To love and care for a mother necessarily means protecting, loving, and caring for her child. Mothers can never benefit from the destruction of their children.

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Priests for Life mourns the passing of Rev. Howard Creecy

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011





ATLANTA — Dr. Alveda C. King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, today mourned the passing of the Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
“Howard will be sorely missed. He was a man of integrity and deep compassion,” said Dr. King
Rev. Creecy, 57, died Thursday, July 28, at his Atlanta home. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
He was elected to lead the SCLC in January, when Bernice King, the daughter of SCLC co-founder Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., declined the position. A third-generation preacher, he also was the senior pastor of Olivet Church in Fayette, Ga.
When he assumed the SCLC post, Rev. Creecy acknowledged that internal divisions had troubled the 54-year-old organization in recent years. His goal was to get past those divisions and move the organization forward with a clearly defined mission.
SCLC spokesman Maynard Eaton told Reuters that Rev. Creecy “saved this organization. It was on the brink of disaster. He became this organization’s lifeline with his charisma and his preacher passion.”
Dr. King was looking forward to working with Rev. Creecy to raise awareness of the devastating impact of abortion on the African-American community.
“Howard and I spoke just a few weeks ago at a women’s conference honoring both our mothers. He stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘Alveda, we should meet soon. I am with you in the fight for life.’ He went on to say that he had attended a pro-life prayer meeting with Dr. Billy Graham, and had also participated in Operation Rescue pro-life rallies.”
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., a nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., has been named interim president, the organization said.
Rev. Creecy is survived by his wife, Yolanda Grier Creecy, and two children. The funeral will be Saturday at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Father Pavone to open Summer of Mercy 2.0

Thursday, July 28th, 2011





 

 

GERMANTOWN, MD

LeRoy Carhart has been in the business of murdering late-term babies for decades.

States and cities have passed laws specifically to keep his particular brand of butchery outside their borders. When he slipped into Maryland, the state with the fewest restrictions on abortion, only pro-lifers noticed. That will begin to change this weekend.

I will deliver the keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. as the Summer of Mercy 2.0 kicks off. Organized by Operation Rescue, the aim of the nine-day protest outside the abortion mill where Carhart performs late-term abortions, and in various locations nearby, is to make it impossible for his neighbors, and Maryland officials, to ignore what goes on behind those closed doors.

As we have pointed out before, Carhart conducts his risky late-term abortions in Maryland without having hospital privileges. This means that if a patient needs emergency help due to a botched abortion, he has nowhere to take her. This is a violation of medical ethics and safe practice procedures. That’s why he is under investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians. And that’s why pro-lifers in Maryland and around the country are determined to shut him down.

Take part in the Summer of Mercy 2.0 and send an unequivocal message that murderers like Carhart will not be tolerated in our midst.

The kickoff rally and keynote address will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Covenant Life Church, 7501 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Md. Also speaking will be Wendy Wright of Concerned Women of America.

For the full Summer of Mercy 2.0 schedule, visit summerofmercy.com

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Blessed Are the Persecuted

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011





Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Those who work for justice will always be persecuted by those who foster injustice. Those who work to preserve the most basic justice, that is, protecting the right to life, are persecuted all the time, by both believers and non-believers. They are accused of having a narrow focus and a lack of compassion, while in reality they are focused on the most broad-based right of all and have compassion for the most vulnerable of all.

Because they know this, pro-life activists can be at peace in the midst of the persecution. They need not be distracted, nor should they ever doubt themselves. The ridicule they endure is a promised blessing from above, the blessing of suffering for doing what is right.

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Blessed Are the Merciful

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011





Blessed are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs. At the heart of our religion is the cry for mercy that we direct to the Lord. His mercy does not only mean His forgiveness for the wrong we have done, but also means His protection for us from the power of our spiritual and physical enemies.

But when we seek and receive His mercy, we also incur the duty to extend that mercy to our brothers and sisters who depend on us to protect and rescue them.

Those who need our mercy the most are the children in the womb. They have been deprived of the most basic protection of their lives. Blessed are they who show mercy. Blessed are they who speak up for these children and work to end abortion.

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