(Rome) – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests
for Life, expressed the sadness of the entire Priests for Life organization
at the death yesterday of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez-Trujillo, President of the
Pontifical Council for the Family.
“Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo was one of the Church’s
strongest advocates for the dignity of the human person and the family, and
both his friends and his enemies knew it. He knew and often said that the
Church’s pro-life stance was not just a teaching, but a battle, and he
willingly undertook the sacrifices of that battle in his own life,” Fr.
Among the many ways the Cardinal encouraged the
Church’s pro-life efforts, he was a key member of the Priests for Life Board
of Bishops from the beginning of its existence. He asked Fr. Frank Pavone to
work at the Vatican for several years. Fr. Pavone explained, “In the course
of my day to day work with the Cardinal, he gave me the opportunity to share
the vision of Priests for Life with bishops from around the world, and
personally encouraged them to adopt our work. In every meeting I had with
the Cardinal, he was thinking of new ways to advance the Culture of Life. He
felt very keenly the lack of sufficient time to develop and implement the
ideas that flowed from his enthusiasm and creativity. Now’s the time for all
of us to pick up where he left off.”
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic
pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more
information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.