THE REDWOOD CROZIER
Priests for Life Headquarters Dedicated To Cardinal O'Connor
Priests for Life has moved into a new headquarters this summer. As our
previous location, it is on Staten Island. The new office occupies close to
10,000 square feet, every one of which is being utilized to the full.
We are happy to announce that we have named our new headquarters the John
Cardinal O'Connor International Headquarters of Priests for Life. We offer the
following reflection in the Cardinal's memory:
Every bishop takes a motto, and the Cardinal's is "There Can Be No Love
Without Justice." This, indeed, was the theme of his life on earth. He both
preached and lived "love" not as some vague abstraction or spiritual entity
separate and disconnected from the things of this world.
His, rather, was a practical and involved love, which had as its centerpiece
the dignity and rights of the human person.
He was an advocate for the unborn, the infirm, the immigrant, the worker, the
victims of prejudice, hunger, and violence. And he did all this because he was
clearly focused on and motivated by the Gospel of eternal salvation as taught by
the Catholic Church.
Some may be confused by what they see as "dichotomies" in the Cardinal's
life. He passionately condemned the act of abortion, yet reached out to women of
every age, religion, and ethnic background to give them help in crisis
pregnancies. He taught clearly that homosexual activity is a sin, yet opened the
State's first AIDS-only unit and personally tended to AIDS patients.
These are not dichotomies at all. It all made sense to the Cardinal. What
held it all together was the dignity of the human person. That dignity demands
that we offer the person the full truth about the meaning of their lives, their
freedom, their choices, and that we ourselves respond to that truth by serving
I am particularly grateful to Cardinal O'Connor because he ordained me to the
priesthood and authorized me to lead the Priests for Life movement.
The Cardinal constantly urged us never to be discouraged in carrying out the
mission of the Church. Led by his shining example, let us redouble our efforts
to bring that mission to its fulfillment.
-Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director