The Catholic Advance
Diocese of Wichita, KS
February 20, 2004
Fr. Frank Pavone preached a message of pro-life evangelization to about 900
people Friday, Feb 13, at Century II, Wichita.
Election pro-life candidates must be a top priority this year, he said during
the banquet sponsored by
Kansans for Life.
"We can't build a society of justice to help the poor when we kill the poor,"
Fr. Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said during this election
year it falls on pro-lifers to make sure that "being pro-choice" is simply not
Sounding like a television evangelist ramming home a point about sin, the
priest of the Archdiocese of New York said it is possible to argue about how
much we should assist the poor, but there is no room for argument when it comes
to killing the unborn.
"In abortion, policy and principle are merged into one," he said. "There is
no middle option, there is no third way."
The United States is in a critical point in history, Fr. Pavone said. "If we
don't resolve this problem, we will break this nation."
The problem began with the U.S. Supreme Court admitting doubt about the
humanity of an unborn child and permitting its destruction anyway, he said.
"That is not the kind of government that our founding fathers established in
Laws that allow abortion are bad laws, he said, adding that unless pro-lifers
speak out against them the country will have no foundation at all.
"We are not talking about viewpoints, we are talking about violence," Fr.
Don't listen to politicians who say abortion is just one of the issues, he
"Abortion is just one of many issues just as the foundation of a house is
just one of the many parts of a house.
Sounding like a politician in the heat of an election, he said, "If a
politician can't respect the life of a little baby, how can he respect yours!"
Politicians who support abortion might also tell pro-lifers that they will
have to agree to disagree.
"We are victims of terrorism in this nation," Father said, "Do we agree to
disagree with terrorists?"
Action at the voting booths and prayer at the abortion clinics is needed, he
"When the fire alarm goes at a fire station do the firemen get down on their
knees and pray?" he asked.
"Love demands not only a spiritual presence, it demands a physical presence."
Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, also urged
those attending to continue their pro-life activities.
"The momentum seems to be going our way," she said.
A statistic quoted by Fr. Pavone supported her assumption. Father said half
of the abortion clinics in the United States have closed in the last 10 years.
Also appearing and making brief remarks were Mike Farmer executive director
of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and Todd Tiahrt, U.S. Representative for the
Fourth District of Kansas, and Dr. John McCormick, associate director of the
diocesan Office of Respect Life and Social Justice.