The Rev. Walter Quinn sounds tired. It’s understandable.
He’s just returned from a five-day stay in Wisconsin, not to mention that short side trip to New York. He has only this day at his home in Philadelphia before he boards a plane for central Louisiana. But he’s not complaining. This is all a part of his mission to spread a pro-life message - a message, he says, that is the whole truth.
"And I’m talking about the whole truth," he says. "People are thirsting for the whole truth. You won’t find the whole truth in the media."
Quinn is speaking from his home. He is one of three Catholic priests who spends his time on the road spreading the message of Priests for Life.
The organization, as stated in a ministry statement by the Rev. Frank A. Pavone, was founded to provide "encouragement to carry out that dimension of priestly ministry that involves the defense of human life from abortion and euthanasia."
Quinn and Pavone are speakers within this organization.
"And Father Quinn has received standing ovations," says Mike Nucciarone, national spokesman.
"I will receive applause seven out of 10 times," Quinn will add later.
For now, Quinn is planning to appear at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Alexandria. He will speak at the Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses, and he will be aired live 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Radio Maria.
"We not only minister to priests but lay members as well," Quinn says.
"And," Nucciarone adds, "Our message also includes post abortive healing. It is not our intention to isolate women who have had abortions. We offer a message of forgiveness and healing."
Quinn says it’s all about mercy.
"Like Peter and Paul," he says. "Didn’t they all have mercy?"
Quinn, meantime, has been actively involved in the pro-life movement since the late 1960s. He has also led parish groups to the annual March for Life in Washington and is founder of pro-life groups at the parish level - Main Line Life Line in suburban Philadelphia in the late 1970s and Atlantic Life Line in Atlantic City, N.J., in the late 1980s.
Both of these groups are still active.
Quinn joined Priests for Life in 1999.
"I am convinced that the main focus of the Gospel of Life reaches people in and through the church at the parish level," he says.
Members of Priests for Life carry their message not only to the 50 states but throughout the world.
Nucciarone says Bishop Sam Jacobs invited Quinn to speak in Alexandria.
"We provide the resources for clergy to become members of Priests for Life through a pledge that they will speak the pro-life message to their parishes," Nucciarone says.