The Final Countdown
to Election Day
With Labor Day upon us the election campaigns have entered their final
phase and people are paying more attention.
This is our LAST
CHANCE to make sure every
Catholic in America – and every other citizen! – knows where the
candidates and political parties stand on abortion and what their moral
obligation is as voters.
You and the Priests for Life family
have a unique and critical role to play in this.
I’ll explain exactly what that is in
just a moment.
Before I do, however, I have a
critical and urgent request of you:
make the very best contribution to Priests for Life that you
And do this right now … before you
go on to another webpage.
I know this will require a sacrifice on your part.
Still I’m hoping you will do this because we simply have to make sure
all pro-life Americans – and especially all pro-life Catholics –
understand how crucial it is that they VOTE their pro-life values and
principles on Election Day 2016.
And right now we don’t have near the amount of funds needed to do that.
One reason why is due to fact that donations
to Priests for Life in June and July were down
$203,337 compared with
these two months last year.
That was a totally unexpected shortfall and is really hampering one
absolutely critical project we need to carry out if we are to
successfully mobilize, energize and educate faithful pro-life Catholics
and convince them to VOTE this November 8.
That project is Priests for Life’s ongoing effort to engage the
clergy and get them to fight alongside us during this pivotal election.
In order for our bishops and priests to lead the
Church in America they have to throw off the shackles of fear and get
actively involved in the fight to end abortion.
Without question the silence and indifference of the Catholic clergy in
America is the single biggest obstacle preventing us from winning
victory over abortion.
That is especially true right now.
In a very short time tens of millions of Catholics will enter the ballot
box and cast their votes for President, a new Congress and other
important elected offices.
Sadly a large percentage of these Catholics will reject the clear and
precise teaching of the Church and vote for candidates who not merely
support abortion but actively work to advance its deadly agenda. Many
others won’t even hear it from their pulpits, as some Church leaders
cower in silence.
Our fellow citizens are not being properly instructed on the brutal and
unjust horror of abortion or on the reason why the Church is so ardently
and so passionately pro-life.
Our Priests for Life Pastoral Team is crisscrossing the country in an
all-out effort to reach out to these Catholics – and all Americans – and
teach them that they have a grave moral obligation to use their votes to
defend the unborn.
But we can only do so much. It lies with all the
clergy – bishops, priests, and deacons – to preach against abortion from
the pulpit on a consistent basis and in a convincing manner.
And that’s where you and the Priests for Life family come into play.
As I’ve mentioned in my prior letters to you, Priests for Life has two
powerful tools that pro-life warriors like you can use to break down the
false roadblocks and hand-wringing hurdles that many in the Church use
to excuse their deafening silence and abject refusal to preach against
abortion from the pulpit.
My problem right now, though, is two-fold: Time and Money.
With regard to the issue of “Time” we simply don’t have much left if
we’re going to make an impact on the November election. Less than
sixty days in fact. We’ve simply got to step up our distribution
efforts if we’re going to get our mind-changing materials to bishops and
priests across the country.
In case you’ve forgotten, these two powerful weapons are:
- My book “Proclaiming
the Message of Life” which
helps both clergy and laity see the pro-life message in the Sunday
readings; and …
- Our “Election
Toolkit” which gives
bishops and priests tools to instruct Catholics during an election,
and which helps them understand that legally they are permitted to
say and do much more than they think.
You can look at these as the proverbial TWO-EDGED
SWORD that will not
only give clergy the legal guidance needed to dispel their hesitancy to
preach from the pulpit, but also provide them with ample homily material
to give their sermons maximum impact with parishioners.
But the cost to get these “swords” into the hands of the clergy is
Upwards of $250,000 when all is said and done.
Which brings me to my “Money” problem.
Knowing how critically important this project is, I went out on a limb
and committed Priests for Life funds to the distribution project even
though that required “robbing” scarce funds from other important
election-related projects, such as the “Catholic Voter Outreach” task
Priests for Life has been asked to spearhead.
Call what I did a “leap of faith” if you will but now I’m hoping
you will catch me, so to speak, by making the
very best financial contribution to
Priests for Life that you possibly can.
The goal all along has been to get copies of “Proclaiming the Message of
Life” and our “Election Toolkit” to every bishop and priest in the
country. We’re working hard to do that but need your immediate
help to raise the tens of thousands of dollars needed to finish the
That’s why I’ve sent you this urgent appeal for help today.
And when you
factor in the $203,000 shortfall that hit us during June and July, your
gift today takes on even greater significance.
All I’m asking you to do is the very best you can.
As you prayerfully consider how best to respond, look at what’s at stake
this November Election Day:
- The Supreme Court
- Religious liberty
- The pro-life movement
- The Church in America
- The moral foundation of our country
- In a word …
Which is why I’m hoping you will CLICK
HERE and do whatever you
must to make a much-needed donation to Priests for Life.
If you can contribute $50 or $100 or possibly even more, that would be a
If all you can give today is $15 or $25, we can use it.
All I ask is that you do as much as you possibly can.
We simply must get our nation’s clergy working alongside us (instead of
against us) as we use these final days of the election campaigns to
convince millions of our fellow Catholics to get actively engaged in the
political process and vote their pro-life principles and values on
Thank you for your urgently needed help today. You are among
Priests for Life’s most active and most loyal family members, which is
why I am counting on you so heavily today and why I look forward to
hearing from you in the next hour or so.
In the meantime, know that in heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices I
know you are making to continue your partnership with Priests for Life’s
pro-life mission, I will continue to remember you at every Mass I offer;
as will all the priests of Priests for Life. 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. As you consider how much to invest in Priests for Life’s work to
get our bishops, priests and deacons fighting alongside us in the battle
to end abortion (instead of actively working against us), keep in mind
all that’s at stake this November:
… the Supreme Court
… Religious liberty
… the pro-life movement
… the Church in America
… the moral foundation of our country
And then CLICK HERE and give more to Priests for Life than you think you
Trust me on this. God is never outdone in generosity and He will
bless you for the sacrifices you will make on behalf of His vulnerable
and defenseless unborn children. Not only that, but the gift you
entrust to Priests for Life will be the best use of your precious
pro-life dollars that you can make. Of that much I can promise
you. Thank you for your courageous pro-life witness and your
unwavering dedication to the cause of life.
NOTE: If you
prefer to send a check, please make it out to Priests for Life and send
it to us at PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314. If you have
any questions, call us toll-free at 888-735-3448.