March 10, 2015
With the new pro-life Congress already working to help our fight
to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America, we need to press
forward on other fronts and keep the abortion industry on its
To do so, however, I need you to make a special sacrifice that
will play a major role in allowing Priests for Life to advance
the cause of life throughout the country, win more people over
to the side of life and bring us closer to the day we win
victory over abortion.
That special sacrifice is this:
I need you to make a $46.91 contribution to
Priests for Life.
I’ll tell you why I’m asking you for this specific
amount a bit later in this letter.
One thing I will tell you about your gift right now,
however, is this. Since we’re still in Lent, you
can make your $46.91 part of your almsgiving. I
recommend that because I’m sure that sending Priests for
Life a gift of $46.91 right now will be a real sacrifice
for you. Which means your gift will have double
its normal value.
First, it will go a long way in putting Priests for
Life in position to continue our role as the face and
voice of the pro-life movement. I’ll show you how
in just a moment.
Second, if your gift is the sacrifice I’m thinking it
will be, then by denying yourself in this way you will
bring down from heaven a torrent of graces on both
yourself and Priests for Life. Those graces, in
turn, will make our pro-life work together all the more
Speaking of that work, I need to impress upon you the fact that
God has heard our cries and given us a pro-life Congress that I
believe will help us in our fight to end abortion. Just
how long that will be the case is anyone’s guess. But it
will be at least until the next election and we need to make
good use of what we have now.
That said, we have got to pull out all the stops and strike
while the iron is hot, so to speak.
Knowing this, Priests for Life has put together an incredibly
aggressive agenda that we need to put into full action mode as
quickly as we can, and keep it going for as long as we can.
But just how much we will be able to do depends on how you and
your fellow Priests for Life family members respond to this
urgent appeal for help.
In order for you to see what I mean, allow me a couple minutes
to give you a quick look at all we have planned for the next
several months. It includes:
•A full-court press to get Congress to:
⇒Block pro-abortion judges from being confirmed to our federal
⇒Fight ObamaCare’s abortion provisions and keep America’s health
care system abortion-free
⇒Pass the bill protecting unborn babies from 20 weeks forward
⇒Prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions
⇒De-fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s #1 provider of
⇒Stop the rush of taxpayer dollars flowing to international
organizations that promote abortion
NOTE: We’ve already achieved one of these six
objectives! That happened when the House of
Representatives passed the No
Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act! This was one
of the topics our Priests for Life staff spoke about during our
“Walking the Halls of Congress” project where we met personally
with members of Congress and urged them to protect the youngest
members of our human family. I’m sure our presence on
Capitol Hill made a strong impression on lawmakers, particularly
the freshmen members of Congress. And now Congress has
acted to keep taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions.
Other programs and projects Priests for Life will be undertaking
include (but aren't limited to) the following:
•Nationwide educational and pastoral efforts online and in
Churches to mark these significant events:
of The Gospel of
of Terri Schiavo’s state-sponsored execution (March 31)
of the death of Pope St. John Paul II (April 2)
- Special events marking the 20th Anniversary
of Pope St. John Paul II’s The
Gospel of Life encyclical.
There will be a Vatican-sponsored prayer service in Rome on
March 24 and I have been invited to help lead the prayers.
In conjunction with this, churches and dioceses are being
urged to have similar simultaneous events locally.
- Priests for Life has published
a comprehensive Study Guide on The
Gospel of Life and
we will promote and distribute it widely in conjunction with
the encyclical's 20th anniversary.
- PRO-LIFE TV NETWORK. Priests
for Life is hard at work putting together the world’s first
network dedicated solely to the topic of ending abortion!
I’ll send you more details as the launch date nears.
- WORLD MEETING OF
FAMILIES WITH THE POPE. This
international life event will take place in Philadelphia
from September 22-27. It will be a week-long gathering that
focuses on threats to the family. Working in conjunction
with the Vatican, the World Meeting of Families and the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Priests
for Life has been asked to organize a special pro-life event
on the evening of Wednesday, September 23.
Over the past twenty years Priests for Life has produced a
wealth of pro-life literature and materials. We are in the
process of re-organizing all this information and making it
readily available to pro-life warriors all over the world.
- ONLINE PRO-LIFE
site will allow individuals to gain an in-depth
understanding of why it is vital to our nation’s survival
that we end abortion. Specially designed for students of
all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, the site will
present the wisdom and experience of pro-life leaders and
experts on a variety of pro-life topics.
- PRO-LIFE LEADERSHIP
for Life periodically convenes meetings and retreats (both
private and public), as well as organizes conference calls
and webcasts that bring pro-life leaders together to work in
solidarity for victory over abortion.
- HEALING THE SHOCKWAVES
OF ABORTION. Abortion triggers a series
of physical, spiritual and psychological shockwaves that
are so powerful that everyone involved with the decision to
kill a child in the womb wants to flee from the emotional
the event as quickly as possible. Knowing this, the Silent
No More Awareness Campaign has
launched this project in order to give Americans an in-depth
look at how deeply abortion impacts society.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that that’s a full agenda, and
that's not even all of it! More importantly, if
implemented to its fullest, it’s an agenda that can do
tremendous damage to the abortion industry while promoting the
sanctity and dignity of human life.
And yet, it doesn’t include everything you and Priests for Life
are doing to rid our nation of the injustice of abortion.
For example, the above list doesn’t include ...
... our pro-life mission trips to parishes all across the
... our training of priests and deacons through the John
Cardinal O’Connor Institute
... our various Outreach programs to members of the
African-American community, the
Hispanic community and our nation’s youth.
... our critical work through Rachel’s Vineyard of healing after
... our LAWSUIT against the abortion mandate of ObamaCare.
That last item – our lawsuit – is particularly important
because, as I’ve told you in prior letters, our lawsuit is to
non-profit religious organizations what the Hobby Lobby case was
to private businesses. It’s an all-out fight to protect
our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Right now our case is still in the US Court of Appeals for the
D.C. Circuit, where we have appealed to the full panel of
judges. Whatever happens there, I’m all but certain our
case will end up in the Supreme Court. Knowing this we’ve
been working hard to keep our Legal Fund full.
That’s a LOT of pro-life work, I know.
But this is precisely what we have to do if we are to take
advantage of the pro-life Congress we played such a major role
in helping get put into office last year. For while I do
not look to Congress or any legislative body to do our work for
us, still, it’s nice to know that for the next two years at
least Congress will not be working against us.
Speaking of that pro-life Congress, that brings me back to the
$46.91 gift I’m really counting on you to rush to Priests for
Life today. Here’s why.
As you’ll recall from some of my prior letters, Priests for Life
invested the bulk of the funds you and other pro-life warriors
sent us to make sure we did all we could to get pro-life
Americans to the polls last November. I’m not going to
recount to you all we did together. But I must remind you
of the result of our work. After the election, The Polling
Company/WomanTrend asked voters whether the abortion issue
affected their vote. Do you remember what they found?
- 23% said abortion
affected my vote and I voted pro-life
- 16% said abortion
affected my vote and I voted pro-abortion
That shows a
full 7% advantage for pro-life candidates!
And as you know, many races were decided by a far smaller margin
than that. So your donations paid off!
I’m telling you that because it proves that the money Priests
for Life spent last year bore abundant fruit!
Unfortunately, we still haven’t recovered financially. And
it doesn’t appear as though we will unless we receive a large
and immediate infusion of contributions because our
back debt stands at $469,114.
Now you see why I’m asking you to make a donation of
$46.91 ... or 1/100
of one percent of the debt.
And while that might not sound like it will make much of a dent
in our backlog, it truly will. That’s because you’re not
the only member of the Priests for Life family I’m writing to
and asking for help.
Our situation is such that I’m writing to the entire Priests for
Life family. I’m asking most of them to send $46.91, just
like I’m asking you to do. There are some, however, that
I’m asking to send $469.11. And there are those whom I’m
asking to send gifts of $4,691. By themselves, none of
those gifts will put us back on solid financial ground.
But combined, they will more than do the job.
Now do you see why I’m hoping you will make your $46.91 gift
part of your Lenten almsgiving? If you will make the
sacrifice needed to send that contribution then I’m confident
that come Easter and the celebration of Christ’s victory over
death, Priests for Life’s back debt will be a thing of the past
and we’ll be free to implement all the programs I told you about
in this email.
So can I count on your help? Please?
Thank you. Of this much I’m absolutely certain.
Based on your long-standing history of loyalty and generosity to
Priests for Life, I know you will do the very best you can.
Which is why I promise to remember you at every Mass I offer.
Thank you again and may God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
P.S. Before I let you go you need to know that there is a group
of your Priests for Life family members who have come forward
and are providing us with some amazing financial gifts. We
are using these to fund current projects. But this money
will only last for another thirty days or so. Still, that
buys me time and frees me up to dedicate every penny of your
$46.91 gift to our back-debt.