Priest spreads ‘whole truth’ pro-life message
Daily Town Talk (Alexandria, LA)
April 20, 2002
By Robin Miller, The Town Talk
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
Quinn and Pavone are speakers within this organization.
"And Father Quinn has received standing ovations," says Mike Nucciarone,
"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,"