Fr. Frank Pavone Talks to
Director of Priests for Life
Gives Stirring Talk as Elections Loom
Franciscan University News
Franciscan University of
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
STEUBENVILLE, OH--More than 200
students filled the J.C. Williams Center with a buzzing anticipation on Tuesday,
October 3. After a lengthy flight delay, their nationally known priest-hero had
arrived on campus. Moments later when he entered the center at 10:15 p.m., the
Franciscan University students greeted Father Frank Pavone with a rousing
In a talk co-sponsored by the
College Republicans and Students for Life, Pavone spoke of the necessity of
electing virtuous public officials. He also gave a testimony about his
die of thirst while a vase of flowers filled with water sat by her bedside.
"Terri wouldn't have been killed
if 42 million babies hadn't been killed first," Pavone said. He pointed out that
it is a "strong myth" that "we can deprive the unborn of protection and keep it
According to Pavone, the
controversial 1973 Supreme Court abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade, established a new
kind of government: one that is not from God. In very strong words, he told
students, "The Church says these are no laws at all. These laws have absolutely
no authority over us, and we must disobey them."
If a politician turns away from
helping babies, Pavone said, that politician is rendered "incompetent" for
public office. Pavone called to mind public officials who insist that education
and health care are fundamental rights, but do not recognize the right to life.
Pavone made some practical points
for students hoping to elect pro-life candidates. "In an election, one thing is
counted: How many for this guy and how many for the other?" He encouraged
students to pursue voters who would not normally vote rather than spending all
their time trying to change the mind of one or two who are opposed. "Leave them
alone until after election day," he urged listeners.
Despite projections, Pavone
expressed optimism for the upcoming month: "We are going to take another step
forward in this election for the culture of life." Pavone pointed out that a
foundation is being built, saying that the Supreme Court is closer to
recognizing the rights of children than if the last presidential election had
gone the other way.
Before closing the night, Pavone
encouraged the students, reminding them that Jesus Christ, who makes all things
new, is their reason for confidence.
After another standing ovation
and a question-and-answer session, about 75 students registered to vote. He also
encouraged vocations to Priests for Life and to his new community dedicated to
pro-life work, the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. The new group is open to
the laity as well.
Afterward, Pavone expressed
gratitude for the convictions of the students. "The obvious dedication to the
cause of life is tremendous encouragement because the future and present of the
pro-life community is here," he said.