February 2, 2016
"Without doubt, PFL has offered to the Church a great service in
the Pro-Life movement." - Sacred Congregation for the Clergy,
The next three months will prove decisive in our mission to end legalized
abortion in America.
And because they will I’m counting on you to be especially generous in your
support for Priests for Life’s work from now until Pentecost Sunday.
And since the political and moral situation in America has reached the
crisis point, we’re going to need you to be more generous than usual with
both your prayers and your financial gifts.
That said please take a moment to let me
how you will help make our 90-Day Campaign for LIFE the success that
it absolutely must be if we are to protect the youngest members of
our human family from the injustice of abortion.
Here’s what your unborn brothers and
sisters need from you today:
1.Our upcoming Legal Symposium for churches
2.Oral Supreme Court case against the HHS mandate of ObamaCare
3.Our efforts to get Congress to pass important life-saving
4.Our work to get state legislatures to protect mothers and
babies from abortion
5.Our 2016 Election Battle Plan
In and of themselves, each one of those initiatives is vital to our fight to
end abortion. Taken altogether, their success or failure will
determine the outcome of our pro-life mission.
And those are only our top five priorities over the next 90 days. They
don’t include our parish mission trips. Our post-abortion healing
ministries – Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
Our many speaking engagements. Our production of pro-life materials.
Our “Youth Outreach” program. Our “Blacks Against Abortion”
initiative. Our work to shut down abortion mills. And more.
These programs are over and above the five priorities listed above.
All of which is why I’m counting on you to get behind our 90-Day
Campaign for Life and help make it the success it absolutely must be.
As for our top five priorities and their importance in our fight to end
abortion, here is a more detailed explanation of each project so you can
judge for yourself just how crucial it is to the fulfillment of your
#1: Legal Symposium for Churches
With the 2016 Presidential campaign in full swing it’s critically important
that we convince bishops, pastors and priests – as well as self-appointed
legal “experts” working in diocesan chanceries – to stop cowering in fear
before the IRS and act as God calls them to act. Our message is simply
Don’t censor yourself! Stop blaming the tax guy. Stop misrepresenting what
the law really says. Step up to the plate and exercise your religious
As I told you a while back, Priests for Life has brought together some of
the top legal minds in the country when it comes to what churches can and
cannot do and say during elections. The bottom line is that they can preach
to their heart’s content on moral issues … including abortion. They
can even mention candidates by name. The only things they can’t do are
explicitly say: “Vote for John Smith”, contribute to a candidate’s campaign
or take up a collection on behalf of a particular candidate.
Priests for Life will spend as much as it takes to reassure our nation’s
bishops, pastors and priests that they have little to fear from the IRS and
to encourage them to SPEAK OUT and make their voices heard with their
parishioners when it comes to voting this November.
#2: Lawsuit Against the HHS Mandate of ObamaCare
As you’ll recall from my prior emails, our case has made it to the Supreme
Court. On January 6 – the traditional Feast of the Epiphany – we filed
our opening brief with the Court. This brief marks an important step
in determining, hopefully once and for all, that the government may not
target charitable religious groups with heavy handed, politically motivated
attacks. Even as you read this, our attorneys are preparing the
arguments they will present before the Justices sometime in March (the exact
date has not yet been sent). Here’s what I need you to do:
- Take part in our 90-Day Campaign because a
portion of your gift today will be used to replenish our all but tapped
out Legal Fund.
- PRAY! We’ve
launched a prayer campaign for victory in the Supreme Court and need you
to join this effort. Click
here to download the prayers for the “Novena to Reverse HHS Mandate” that
I’m hoping you will say. You can make your Novena over any 9-day period
that you choose; but the sooner the better.
Make no mistake. The Obama administration has no valid reason to
require religious non-profit groups to comply with this HHS mandate when it
has already granted exemptions that allow tens of millions of other
Americans to avoid it. Its sole purpose is to squash religious liberty
in America and force those of us who respect the dignity of each human
person to be part of their abortion agenda.
Well, Priests for Life will never be complicit in evil, no matter who is
#3: Efforts with Congress
The pro-life Congress you and Priests for Life did so much to help elect
back in 2014 is asserting itself on behalf of life. It passed a
reconciliation bill de-funding Planned Parenthood (I’ll have more to say
about this in a moment … including President Obama’s veto of the bill).
The House passed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. We’re
pressing the Senate to follow suit. We’re working with lawmakers to
introduce a ban on dismemberment abortions. And it is formally investigation
Planned Parenthood and the whole abortion industry. There is much Congress
can do to help the pro-life movement and we are in constant communication
#4: Ongoing Work with State Legislatures
Thanks to your continued support, our work with legislators at the state
level continues to produce abundant fruit. Priests for Life helps
pastors, grassroots activists and legislators to pass scores of laws
protecting mothers and babies from abortionists. This quote from the
pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute shows just how successful the pro-life
movement has been (NOTE: What the folks at Guttmacher call “restrictions” we
Including the 57 abortion restrictions enacted in 2015, states have
adopted 288 abortion restrictions just since the 2010 midterm elections
swept abortion opponents into power in state capitals across the country. To
put that number in context, states adopted nearly as many abortion
restrictions during the last five years as during the entire previous 15
Since most state legislatures will have ended their sessions by Pentecost,
Priests for Life needs to be extremely active during our 90-Day Campaign
period to make sure they pass as many laws as possible. One measure
we’re asking pro-life lawmakers to focus on is to follow the lead of the
Kansas state legislature and pass an “Unborn Child Protection from
Dismemberment Abortion Act.” We will continue to press states to
protect defenseless babies from being torn limb from limb during abortions.
Such abortions inflict excruciating pain and are barbaric in nature, as is
#5: Priests for Life’s 2016 Election Battle Plan
To know how crucial this work is consider what Congress did this past
January 6. It passed that reconciliation bill I told you about a
moment ago. The bill would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal major
portions of Obamacare. In sending this bill to President Obama,
Congress showed you and me and every American what our country is capable of
doing when we elect lawmakers who know the difference between serving the
public and killing the public.
Not surprisingly President Obama vetoed the bill. Everyone knew he
would. He has long demonstrated his callous disregard for babies in
the womb and even babies who survive abortions. With this veto, he not
only continues to trample on their rights and the broken hearts of their
mothers, he rewards their oppressors.
But I predict this will be one of those “pyrrhic victories” that litters
history books. You know the ones I mean; where the victor is so
bloodied that he ends up losing the war. I’m thinking this will happen
to Obama and his abortion allies because in vetoing this bill Obama has made
it crystal clear why it is vital that you and Priests for Life do everything
in our power to make sure that our next President understands that the RIGHT
TO LIFE is the fundamental human right upon which all other rights stand.
To that end, Priests for Life is going all out to inform Catholics of all
that’s at stake in the 2016 elections and convince them to take their
pro-life principles with them when they enter the voting booth.
I’ll have much more to say about this work in a couple weeks. What I
will tell you now is that foundation for all of that work – Voter
Registration drives, special programs on our “Defending Life” TV series, the
production and distribution of Voter Guides, our “Voting With a Clear
Conscience” brochure, Get Out the Vote drives … and more – has to be laid in
the next 90 days.
And there you have it. Priests for Life’s top five priorities from Ash
Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. They are priorities because each one of
them addresses a specific area in our fight to stop the killing of the
youngest members of our human family. These areas include:
- Protecting our right to act and speak out
publicly in opposition to the evil of abortion – especially our
- Defending the lives of our unborn brothers
and sisters. Every baby in the womb is of equal value and must be
protected. Every abortion is equally wrong and we are determined to end
them all. But we
start by doing what is most doable right now. And that
means protecting children in the womb who are at 20 weeks and beyond.
- Helping pastoral and all our fellow
Catholics understand that abortion must be the number one issue to
consider when deciding which candidates to vote for in November. That’s
because, as I’ve told you on numerous occasions:
Abortion corrupts our entire society –
the economy, health care, foreign policy, the War on Terror, immigration ...
Remember: The purpose of all this work is simple. We’re out to make
abortion in America not merely illegal, but unthinkable.
And we’re making tremendous progress
toward that goal. For while it’s true that
abortion-on-demand remains the law of the land for now, it’s equally
true that there’s been a steady decline in the number of abortions
over the past decade. According to statistics from both the
Centers for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher Institute,
abortions continue to decrease in number.
This downward trend in abortions will
continue as states continue to pass reasonable measures to
protect mothers and babies from unscrupulous abortionists
like convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, and notorious abortion
businesses like Planned Parenthood.
But as you and I both know, we’re far from finished.
As hopeful as the plummeting abortion numbers are, they are still way, way,
way too high. In fact, every
hour abortionists all across the country brutally butcher 157 children.
For you and me and the entire Priests for Life family, as long as one child
is killed in a legal abortion, our work remains unfinished.
Which is precisely why I’m counting on you to help fund Priests for
Life’s 90-Day Campaign for LIFE.
Through your ongoing partnership with Priests for Life you are both saving
babies and changing what our fellow Americans think about abortion.
The so-called “pro-choice” position grows weaker by the day. And it
will continue to do so as more and more Americans have the Gospel of Life
preached to them as forcefully and as convincingly as Priests for Life has
been preaching it for the past twenty-five years.
All of which should inspire you to wholeheartedly support Priests for Life’s 90-Day
Campaign for LIFE. Think about it. By the time the
Campaign ends on Pentecost Sunday May 15 ...
... 37 states will have held primaries and we’ll probably know who’s running
... the Supreme Court will have heard arguments in our case and we’ll be
awaiting its decision;
... state legislatures will have passed more laws protecting mothers and
… more atrocities will have been exposed at abortion clinics around the
... more crimes against humanity by abortionists will have been revealed.
What I can’t tell you is how much of an impact Priests for Life will have
had in all those areas for this simple reason:
The amount of work we will be able do over these next three months depends
entirely upon you and the
Priests for Life family.
It’s true. As I know I’ve told you before, in spite of the fact that
many at the Vatican – including
Pope Francis himself ...
who was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family of which I was
also an Official – as well as Bishops around the world and here in the U.S.
have strongly encouraged our Priests for Life ministry, we
receive no funds from any official Church entity ...
neither from Rome nor here in the United States.
Every penny we receive comes from individuals just like you:
Hard-working, dedicated pro-life champions. Which is why I told you
that the success of our 90-Day Campaign for LIFE depends
entirely on you and the
Priests for Life family.
It will take a minimum
of $900,000 to fund
all the work I listed for you in this email. And that doesn’t include
those other programs I mentioned ... such as Priests for Life’s vital work
in post-abortion ministry through Rachel’s Vineyard. In fact, when I
met Pope Francis he told me directly:
“Rachel’s Vineyard is great. It is an excellent work. Move
forward with that!”
Like his predecessors Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict, the
Holy Father knows that in addition to taking the life of an innocent child,
abortion inflicts untold damage on women and men. That’s why he is so
insistent that our work in post-abortion healing “move forward.”
Again, though, that’s just one of the many programs Priests for Life must do OVER
AND ABOVE the five
priority projects that I outlined for you in this email message.
So please CLICK HERE and
do all you can to get behind this work and make these next three months
productive ones as we persevere in our fight to end America’s abortion
Your gift will help us raise the $900,000 needed to fund Priests for Life’s
work from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday. As I told you at the
beginning of my email, because of everything happening in the country over
next three months:
These next 90 days will prove decisive in our mission to end
legalized abortion-on-demand in America.
Priests for Life is fully prepared to carry on as the face and voice of
America’s pro-life movement. The programs are in place. The
strategies are mapped out. The mission trips are scheduled.
Everything is set except one crucial part: The funds.
And for that I am totally dependent on you and your fellow pro-life
As you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to help, don’t be afraid
to be more generous than you think you can be. Remember: God
is never outdone in generosity. He sees into your heart.
He knows the sacrifices you are making for His innocent children. And
He will bless you a hundred fold. You have His word for that.
On behalf of the youngest members of our human family, thank you for your
generosity. I will be sure to remember you at every Mass I offer
during this important 90-day period; as will the other priests of Priests
for Life. Thank you again and may God bless you.