Priest gives guest homily in Killeen against abortion
January 29, 2007
By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
An overflow crowd gathered at noon Sunday to hear the Rev. Frank Pavone of
Staten Island, N.Y., national director of Priests for Life, give a homily urging
support for women on the brink to bear their children.
He spoke at the 10:30 a.m. and noon masses at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in
Killeen. He said he was at a pro-life rally in Austin this week when Deacon
Michael Aaronson of St. Joseph's invited him to speak at the local church before
continuing his travels. [Listen
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"We're called to free each other from oppression, from all kinds of
marginalization," Pavone told the congregation, "and there's no worse oppression
right now than the loss of 4,000 unborn lives a day in this country to abortion.
The mothers are under oppression, too; abortion is called freedom of choice,'
but the mothers feel they have no choice."
His organization's literature quotes abortion providers as saying
three-fourths of women choosing abortion say that a baby would interfere with
work, school or other responsibilities; two-thirds say they could not afford a
child, and half say they don't want to be single parents or are having problems
with their husbands or partners.
He called on his listeners to get involved with Priests for Life via their
Web site, www.priestsforlife.org, or at the local level with programs provided
by St. Joseph's. "They don't realize that help is here," he said. "We need to
get the word out that they can come to us and receive any kind of help they
He said the organization also ministers to women and men who have been
through abortions or been close to someone who has and who are suffering
psychological and spiritual difficulties because of it.
"We don't treat them as sinners to be judged but as people who are hurting
after a terrible experience," he said. "We want to welcome them."
"Pro-life is pro-woman," he said. "The decision for or against abortion is
called a private matter," he said, "but are violent crime and child abuse
private matters? When somebody's choice destroys another person's life, when
anyone is in danger or in need, it's everybody's business."
He added, "These children – and let's call them children – are your brothers
and sisters. Let's work for their lives, and let's do it courageously, joyfully,
as long as it takes, until our country once again protects every life."
Father Pavone has directed Priests for Life since 1993. He was with
Terri Schiavo at her death
after the celebrated controversy over when euthanasia should be allowed. He has
served in the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, and Norma McCorvey,
the "Jane Roe" of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, called him "the
catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church." McCorvey sued to be allowed
an abortion and later became a pro-life activist.
Mother Teresa invited him to speak on life issues in India, and he was
invited to address the pro-life caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. He
is president of the
National Pro-Life Religious
Council and chair of the board of
Rachel's Vineyard, an international retreat and healing program for those
who have had abortions. He founded the
Missionaries of the Gospel of Life in 2005.
In 2001, the National Right to Life Committee gave Rev. Pavone its "Proudly
Pro-Life" award. A priest in the Amarillo Diocese, he directs Priests for Life
with his bishop's permission.
The Rev. Adam Martinez, pastor of St. Joseph's, said that aside from
spiritual counseling, the church makes funds available to women considering
abortions to help them keep their children and supports maternity homes in the
"We want to make it known that we're available to assist anyone in this
matter," he said.
Contact Don Bolding at firstname.lastname@example.org