A Joint Statement from Priests for Life and the Diocese of Amarillo
Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, sought in 2005 to institute the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, a Society of Apostolic Life that would accept and ordain its own seminarians.
The ensuing three years brought discernment and discussions to determine what canonical structure and relationship between Priests for Life and the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life would most effectively fulfill the purposes of both entities in restoring protection to unborn children.
In 2008, the decision was reached that there should be only one entity encompassing Priests for Life and the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life without the founding of a canonically distinct community. The resulting entity, PFL/Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, is not a Society of Apostolic Life. This change means that the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life are not a community that accepts its own seminarians and priests. Rather, it will continue to encourage and assist priests, seminarians and laity in their pro-life commitment, consistent with its mission since 1991.
Protecting the unborn and defending the most vulnerable in our society is at the very heart of the Church’s mission, and she commends PFL/Missionaries of the Gospel of Life for their many laudable contributions toward that end, while strongly encouraging them to continue to work in close relationship with the bishops in combating abortion and bringing about a culture of life.
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