Priests Urge Voter Participation;
Right to Life is First Issue
As Pennsylvania voters prepare for the April 27 primary, some 1300
Catholic priests have released a statement calling for active voter
participation, and echoing statements of the Catholic bishops that identify
abortion as the primary issue.
The statement, coordinated by Priests for Life, quotes the bishops' 1998
document Living the Gospel of Life when it says that Catholics should
"embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an
opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life"
Drawing from the bishops' 2001 Pastoral Plan for Pro-life activities, the
statement also says that "among important issues involving the dignity of human
life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central
The statement also takes aim at candidates who support abortion, and states,
"No public official … can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct
attacks on innocent human life" (Living the Gospel of Life, n. 32).
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, urged Pennsylvania
citizens to examine closely the positions taken by the candidates on abortion.
He recommended the Pennsylvania Pro-life Federation (www.paprolife.org) as a
helpful source of information.
The full text of the priests' statement is at