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Fr. Frank Pavone to Francis Kissling: Being Catholic is not a game

New York City- Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today in response to a press release from Catholics for a Free Choice.

"The agenda of Catholics for a Free Choice is an agenda of confusion. Once again, Frances Kissling has asserted that Catholics don't have to adhere to Catholic teaching.

"Our response is simple. Nobody is forced to be a Catholic, but if you don't subscribe to Catholic teaching, have the honesty and integrity to say that you are no longer Catholic. But don't try to have it both ways. That's a game children play, not adults.

"Because Kissling has played this game for many years, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has had to publicly state more than once that Catholics for a Free Choice is not a Catholic organization and does not in any way represent the Church."

"Another problem with her press release is that it suggests that abortion can be justified. Here we don't even have to enter the question of Catholic Faith. We just have to read the descriptions of the procedure and look at the pictures. It is an act of killing. Neither a private citizen nor a Supreme Court nominee can justify this act of violence. Those who claim that killing children has any place under our Constitution, or in any civilized society, have more than a problem with Catholic Faith. They have a problem with fundamental human rights," said Fr. Pavone.

Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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