CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In preparation for what he calls "the opening of the floodgates" of post-abortion grief in our nation, Fr. Frank Pavone renewed the commitment of the several thousand members of the Priests for Life association to provide welcoming compassion, healing, and forgiveness "to anyone who has, in any way, been involved in procuring or providing an abortion." Fr. Frank Pavone has led the association since 1993.
He delivered this message by making a visit to the National Memorial for the Unborn here on August 19th. The memorial, on the site of a former abortion facility, provides people around the country with the opportunity to have a plaque placed on a special memorial wall, inscribed with a tribute to an aborted child.
"The last several years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of men and women coming forward to grieve the abortion of their child. A wide variety of post-abortion ministries, representing various denominations, have been preparing pastors and counselors to deal with this outpouring of grief, which we expect to dramatically increase in the months and years ahead. We want to send a clear message that the doors of the Church are open, and that it is time to let the healing begin," declared Fr. Pavone.
Priests for Life encourages everyone to promote awareness of the hotline number, 800-5-WE-CARE, of the National Office for Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing. Callers will be referred to confidential counseling. People are likewise encouraged to contact the National Memorial for the Unborn by calling 800-505-5565.
In the coming year, Priests for Life will Promote a number of special initiatives for post-abortion ministry, in addition to the day-to-day help it gives to clergy through its seminars, educational materials, and web site.