Previous Statements on Non-Violence
Following is a series of excerpts from Fr. Frank Pavone's non-violence
statements over the years:
From a Press Release of August 1, 1994
I oppose the shooting of abortion providers.
Furthermore, even if problems were solved by killing people, such killing
would still be wrong. We may never do evil that good may come about (see Romans
3:8). The end does not justify the means.
We reject violence against all human beings.
The shooting of abortionists is wrong.
All violence is wrong.
From a 1994 joint statement of pro-life leaders, written and
spearheaded by Fr. Frank Pavone
We first of all reject violence as a solution to any problem.
Pro-life people who choose to kill are being inconsistent.
From a 1996 Brochure
Pro-lifers are to refrain from violence.
From a press release of January 22, 1997
It is never acceptable to destroy an innocent life for any purpose, including
the purpose of ending abortion. We advocate only peaceful means to end this
From an article of December 21, 1998
Priests for Life denounces the incidents of violence that have occurred
against abortion providers.
All violence must be opposed, whatever one's beliefs about social issues.
From a press release of July 12, 2000
Priests for Life strongly condemns violence against any abortion provider,
and is saddened to hear of the stabbing of Dr. Gary Romalis.
Dr. Romalis has said in the past, "No matter what people’s beliefs are with
regard to the abortion issue, the shooting of a doctor is a violent act. It’s a
terrorist act." We agree. Beliefs never justify violence…
From a Press release of April 1, 2001
Priests for Life, the Catholic association which assists clergy of all
denominations to address the abortion issue, ….is offering $50,000 to anyone
providing authorities with information leading to the capture of fugitives
wanted for abortion clinic shootings.
Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the group, stated: "The purpose of
this reward is not only to help police apprehend abortion clinic shooting
suspects, but also to actively discourage this kind of violence … In the event
any abortionist is ever the victim of violence--- and we earnestly hope this
will never happen again--- Priests for Life stands ready to assist financially
in the capture of the criminal. That is how much we are committed to the
philosophy of non-violence."