|New Catholic Polling
Data Shows How
Much Work We Still Have To Do!
And we only have SIXTY DAYS left to do it!
July 26, 2016
Did you see the news story? The latest polling data on Catholic
voters? I’ll share the news with you in a moment.
What I will tell you now, however, is that the new polling data clearly
demonstrates that our work to awaken the American conscience to the
horror of abortion and use the political process to help us stop the
brutal killing of our unborn brothers and sisters is more important now
than ever before.
But here’s my problem and why I’m coming to you with so much urgency
We only have TWO SHORT MONTHS to make an impact with our fellow
Americans. Just sixty days. Your immediate help is needed today!
For one thing, we
only have SIXTY
DAYS left to
make a difference this election. Just 60 short
days. Labor Day is right around the corner. Till
then, most Americans are still in “summer vacation” mode and not
paying too much attention to the election.
But this “vacation mode” also
impacts their giving patterns.
And right now the “giving” to
Priests for Life has slowed to a trickle. So I’ve sent you
this urgent appeal for help in the fervent hope that …
… you will make a desperately needed contribution to
Priests for Life and that you will do this now … before
you go on to your next email.
That last request – that you do this now – is critical.
In fact, the size of your gift is not as important as is our need for
you to make your donation right away. In asking this of you, I
know that I sent you an email a couple weeks ago and told you about the
stack of bills that have piled up as a result of Priests for Life’s
election-related work, as well as everything else we’re doing to lead
the pro-life movement to victory over abortion.
Thankfully enough of your fellow Priests for Life family members pitched
in and helped us put off having to cut back on any of our work.
But that was a short-lived reprieve. Donations are still sluggish
due to this being the middle of summer.
So much so, in fact, that I have to come to you again and ask for help
so that Priests for Life can carry out all that we have planned for the
stretch run of the election season, specifically from Labor Day to
Here’s why it’s so important that we do this.
The candidates and political party platforms in the 2016 election
demonstrate a stark contrast between those of us who cherish the wonder
and dignity of human life … and those who fail to recognize God as the
Author of all human life. Between those of us who will fight to
protect the lives of the youngest members of our human family … and
those who use abortion as a weapon to advance a deadly culture of death.
You and I are solidly in the PRO-LIFE camp. For us, there is no
more important issue facing America today than the evil of abortion.
Knowing this, and knowing how committed you are to the fight to end
abortion, I have devoted all of Priests for Life’s time, energy and
limited financial resources to making sure our fellow Americans fully
understand two things:
1.Abortion corrupts our entire society. It
leads to multiple other forms of violence in our nation, the breakup of
the family, and the downward spiral of public morality. And that
the only way to bring peace to our nation, our cities, our communities
and our families is to end the violence of abortion. Period.
2.That in order to save this nation for future
generations, it is vital that all pro-life Americans go to the polls on
Election Day and VOTE
As you know from my prior emails, you and the Priests for Life family
have a unique and vital role to play in the 2016 election. In
fact, as I’ve told you, we’ve been asked to spearhead a critical
Catholic Outreach project with the goal to get millions of pro-life
Catholics registered to vote in November and then help to drive voters
to the polls on Election Day 2016. Well, included in this group
… our brothers and sisters in the Hispanic community.
I say that because of the latest polling data of Catholics for the 2016
Presidential election. According to the Pew Center Research firm:
-There’s a stark racial divide running through American Catholic
attitudes, with white Catholics almost evenly divided between the two
major candidates while Hispanics support the Democrat nominee by a wide
77% to 16% margin.
-To the extent a religiously defined segment of the American population
is up for grabs, at least in terms of which candidate will capture a
majority of its votes, it’s likely white Catholics.
-The remainder of Catholic respondents said they either didn’t know
which candidate they support, or planned to support someone else.
I’m telling you this news for the simple reason that it shows just how
much work we still have to do among our fellow Catholics if we’re going
to achieve our goal of getting enough faithful Catholics to vote their
pro-life principles on Election Day.
Remember, when you and the Priests for Life family were asked to
spearhead this work, the politically savvy leader who approached me
“You’re the only ones who can do this with the Catholics.”
He’s right. We are. We know this because of how successful
our Priests for Life efforts were in with the Catholic Outreach movement
in 2000 and 2004.
Now we need to do it again.
That’s especially true when you realize that some FOURTEEN
Catholics sat out the 2012 election and
did not vote. And because they didn’t, Barack Obama was
re-elected, and along with him, the “War on the Unborn” that he
unleashed in 2008.
We cannot allow that to happen this year. So over these final two
months of the election season we’re not going to waste precious time and
resources trying to convert pro-abortion “Catholics.” We’ll
concentrate on them after the election.
Our focus over these final sixty days before Election Tuesday is on
those 14,000,000 Catholics who sat out the last election. We simply
have to get re-engaged in the political process and drive them to the
polls on Election Day. To do this Priests for Life has put
together a nationwide network of dedicated pro-life activists who are
using the tools and resources we’ve sent them to:
- Educate people about Catholic
principles when it comes to voting
- Create a grassroots mobilization of
- Motivate people to register to vote
- Get people to the polls during “early
voting” days and on Election Day
- Generate maximum Catholic impact on the
In recent weeks I’ve sent you our plans for doing this. Parish
mission trips … Internet videos on abortion … Speaking engagements at
pro-life events … Guest editorials in newspapers … Our “Defending Life”
programs on EWTN … Appearances on news programs and talk radio … Our
bulletin inserts … and “Voting With a Clear Conscience” booklet … my two
books: “Proclaiming the Message of Life” for clergy and “Abolishing
Abortion” for lay activists … special “Voter Guides” that address vital
issues of importance for Catholic voters. And more.
One project I haven’t mentioned enough is our work in the Hispanic
community. In cities all across America we are working with
pro-life heroes to remind these good people of their rich Catholic and
PRO-LIFE heritage. All of our Priests for Life resources and
broadcasts are translated into Spanish.
And as the polling data I shared with you a moment ago clearly
demonstrates, this work is more important than ever if we are going to
use the political process to help advance the fight to end abortion.
That’s why I’ve asked you to make a special contribution today.
Call it an “End of Summer Emergency Campaign” or whatever else you’d
like. But the bottom line is the same:
Come Labor Day and the final sixty days of the election season,
Priests for Life has to have a vocal and active presence with our fellow
Catholics – and especially our Hispanic brothers and sisters – or we
face the real danger of living under a tyrannical having a government
that will actively seek to silence our voice and punish us for opposing
the crime of abortion.
For the sake of all future generations we must not allow that to happen
on our watch.
Which again is why I’ve committed the full force and energy of Priests
for Life to making sure our fellow Catholics – and especially those
14,000,000 Catholics who sat out the 2012 election – know what’s
expected of them on Election Day, that they are registered to vote, and
most important of all, that they are committed to voting
their pro-life principles on
Again, there are fourteen
pro-life Catholics in this country who voted in the 2000 and 2004
elections but who sat out the 2012 election. We simply must
re-engage these good people or I fear for our country … and especially
our unborn brothers and sisters.
That said, please click
here right now and make
the very best donation to Priests for Life that you can. If
Priests for Life doesn’t do this work it won’t get done. But we
cannot fulfill this important mission without your help.
Hopefully you are in a position to send twice as much as you usually do.
Unfortunately I don’t have your giving history in front of me right now.
But I know you’ve always been generous.
Remember: We only have sixty
days to wake
those 14,000,000 dormant Catholics from their slumber and convince them
to join us on Election Day as we vote to save America.
Thank you for doing this. Like I said, your donations are what
make all of our work possible.
And because they do and because I know the sacrifices you make to
support Priests for Life’s work, I will continue to do as I have done
ever since you joined the Priests for Life family, and that is remember
you at every Mass that I offer; as will all the priests of Priests for
I look forward to hearing from you today and I pray that God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
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.