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FAIRFIELD COUNTY CATHOLIC

October 2001

Priests for Life visit Ridgefield

Pro-life parish event open to all

By Beth Longware Duff

Bridgeport, CT -- Priests for Life, a national ministry that visits parishes to speak about the Church's teachings on abortion and euthanasia, will be featured as part of the "Pro-Life Parish Weekend" at Saint Mary Parish in Ridgefield, October 6-7. Father Denis Wilde, O.S.A., will be the guest speaker.

Started in 1991 by Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life is a movement of priests seeking to help the rest of the Church to use her full strength against the most devastating attacks on human life. Its mission is to unite and encourage all clergy to give special emphasis to the life issues in their ministry and to help them take a more vocal and active role in the pro-life movement. Despite its name, the organization is for everyone who wants to stop abortion and euthanasia.

Enormous Forum

"We, the Church, have 19,000 parishes around the country - a huge forum, if we use it right. No major party has anything like that," Father Wilde says. "The problem is speaking out on these issues. A priest needs to be at the front, side, and beyond his flock in this battle for life. Ours is not an option to wait for someone else to come along. What a joy it is to know that God is in charge and will not fail to lead us forward to end this 'unspeakable crime."'

Father Wilde is an Augustinian priest and a professor at Villanova University. He travels the country as a full-time priest associate of Priests for Life. An accomplished pianist, he often presents concerts for pro-life causes.

He says society has become apathetic on the subject, and he blames the media in this country for slanting information to a viewpoint that eventually "inculcates us to the tragedy, the horror that this thing is." The statistic that Father Wilde uses is that one out of three babies conceived in this country becomes a victim of abortion. He admits that it's difficult to identify with such a large statistic, so he tries to get his audiences to identify with the casualties of abortion.

Dangers of the wombs

"There is no more dangerous environment for persons than the womb," he has written. "This bizarre state of a culture of death protected by law and disguised as medicine perpetuates a lie of a colossal order. Its consequence is a dead-end street to baby, mother, and civilization."

In addition to providing training seminars and individual assistance to priests to help them preach more effectively against abortion and euthanasia, Priests for Life also distributes a free newsletter to over 45,000 priests in the US. It produces video and audio tapes, bulletin inserts, homily materials, and other pro-life resources for clergy and laity. Staff is available around the clock to assist people to find alternatives to abortion, and they offer counseling to anyone who has been involved in an abortion.

Priests for Life
PO Box 141172 • Staten Island, NY 10314
Tel. 888-735-3448, (718) 980-4400 • Fax 718-980-6515
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