An independent priest
After abortion doctor George Tiller was killed on May 31 by an anti-abortion activist, Pavone released a video condemning the action. "We abhor this kind of violence," he said.
He also worried that anti-abortion activists would be "tarred" as evil and violent. "This is a time to refocus on the right way of ending the killing," he said.
Pavone's independence within the hierarchical Catholic Church has caused confusion about his allegiance. After Cardinal Edward Egan asked him to serve a parish while running Priests for Life, Pavone left the Archdiocese of New York in 2004 to affiliate with a Texas diocese, where the bishop gave him the freedom he wanted.
Pavone acknowledges that he is sometimes seen as an "independent operative, a loose canon." The Priest for Life Web site even includes proof of his ordination.
But Pavone said his independence allows him to represent the Catholic position on abortion with a confrontational edge that most bishops would avoid.
"Many bishops are risk-adverse," he said. "We can take on projects they might see as too political. They can say 'amen' to us, but not have to answer for what we do."
Although Pavone takes some time each summer to indulge a lifelong love of roller-coasters, he works most days from 5 a.m. until late.
Through videos, e-mail and numerous daily interviews, he comments on political and social developments in almost real time.
While discussing his life at his parents' home, he stopped to do a quick telephone interview with a California radio station about opposition from several groups to an anti-abortion commercial during the Super Bowl.
He went right into attack mode: "They're not in favor of choice," he said. "They're in favor of the abortion industry."