headquarters in works
By Jim Crawford
© The Amarillo Globe-News Online
August 22, 2006
Priests for Life, a Catholic organization that opposes abortion, will conduct a
groundbreaking ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Thursday on the land adjacent to the Bishop
DeFalco Retreat Center, 2100 N. Spring, for its new international headquarters
and the formation house for the trainees of a new society, the
Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.
Cardinal Renato Martino, the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for
Justice and Peace will preside over the event, according to Priests for Life.
Rev. Frank Pavone will conduct a mass in which he will become the first member
of the society and will receive the first group of lay associates into the
"Abortion is the paramount moral tragedy of our day," Pavone said. "(The
groundbreaking) is highly significant for the whole church. It's a practical
implementation of the things we've been working toward. It's larger than most of
the things we and the church experience."
Amarillo will in turn become an international center for the pro-life movement,
will be people in Amarillo from all over the world who are involved in the
movement," he said. "This is very important for Amarillo."
Rev. John Yanta, bishop of the Amarillo diocese, welcomed Priests for Life into
Amarillo in December, 2005. "Our diocese is proud to partner with Priests for
Life in this work of the Holy Spirit," Yanta said.
Stravato, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas
Panhandle said her organization was notified by the Planned Parenthood Security
Group that the American Life League and Priests for Life were to be in Amarillo
asked that we take appropriate measures to notify local law enforcement and
counsel our staff since these groups are known nationally to stage disruptive
protests. We have taken appropriate measures," Stravato said. "While we support
their right to freedom of expression, we believe they are protesting the wrong
organization for the wrong reason."
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