Priests for Life Offers $50,000 Reward
Announcement comes on Anniversary of King’s Assassination
Priests for Life, the Catholic association which assists clergy of all
denominations to address the abortion issue, announced today that it 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.
"The pro-life movement categorically rejects the philosophy of violence," Fr.
Pavone continued. "It is never permissible to take a life, whether it is that of
an unborn child or that of an abortion provider. Those individuals who
perpetrate violence against abortionists are actually "pro-choice," because they
believe it is sometimes OK to take a life to solve a problem."
Fr. Pavone said that Priests for Life started this fund a couple of years
ago, after several benefactors suggested the idea and then supplied the money.
The reward fund is currently being held in a special account marked specifically
for that purpose.
Priests for Life chose today, April 4th, as the day on which to
make this announcement, in tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who
was assassinated on this date in 1968. Fr. Pavone said: "Dr. King has always
been my hero and my model. He was a champion for the cause of non-violent
resistance against evil. That is exactly what Priests for Life and the pro-life
movement is all about. We are dedicated to stopping the evil of abortion through
non-violent means. Unfortunately, there are misguided individuals in any cause
who sometimes act in ways contrary to the principles of that cause. 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."
Unfortunately, there has been some misunderstanding about this "reward fund."
First of all, this fund has existed for almost two years, and was not created
or announced to coincide with any recent developments in the news. We make no
statements or judgments regarding the guilt of anyone accused of killing an
Secondly, we did not raise this money. It was given to us by donors who want
it used exclusively as a reward fund. Under the law, we are not free to use this
money in any other way. It is in a totally separate account, and does not take
anything away from our other projects and activities. In those other projects
and activities, by the way, we spend over a hundred times more money on things
like promoting alternatives to abortion and encouraging and assisting pro-life
activists to peacefully oppose abortion.
Moreover, we will take strict measures to see to it that at no time in the
future is the reward fund, or the promise of it, used to exacerbate an already
biased and unfair treatment of pro-life people at the hands of our "justice"
system. It won’t be given when there is any doubt about someone’s guilt.
It is a reward offered to stop activity which is not pro-life.
The pro-life stand is a stand of nonviolence. It is our hope that the existence
and promise of the fund, even if it is never used, will serve to counteract the
increased efforts of the pro-abortion groups to paint us all as violent.
The effort won't make sense if viewed only from a perspective "internal" to
the pro-life movement -- that is, how the groups within the movement, especially
the most activist ones, see each other. It makes sense only in the light of
trying to explain to the next stranger who walks down the street whether the
pro-life movement supports violence or not.
Now some of the people who have objected to this fund have no problem with
the killing of abortionists. We do, and so does the Church. That, of course, is
the reason we’re doing what we're doing.
-- Priests for Life Media Department