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Priests for Life offers congratulations, pledges prayer for new Cardinals


Leslie Palma

Priests for Life-Staten Island, NY


WASHINGTON, DC -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today:

"Priests for Life extends congratulations to the new Cardinals named yesterday by Pope Francis, and pledges prayers for them all as they undertake an additional level of service to the Holy See and the Church universal.

"At this point in our history, the bright red of the garments they wear is of particular significance. In the ceremony to take place next month in which these Cardinals will be officially elevated, the Latin phrase "usque ad sanguinis effusionem" is heard repeatedly. It means "Even unto the shedding of one's blood." This means that the Cardinals, by their teaching and example, are to remind all believers of the exhortation of Scripture, "In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood" (Hebrews 12:4) and that "He laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers" (1 Jn.3:16).

"This is more timely than ever, because of the worldwide attack on life and on religious freedom. We at Priests for Life have had to go all the way to the Supreme Court in our fight against the HHS mandate, as have other groups too. This is a fight to preserve the simple right to conduct our business affairs in accordance with our faith. Likewise, we find in the USA and around the world policies that institutionalize evil and moral corruption -- like abortion -- which end up making the state, as Pope St. John Paul II declared, a "tyrant state" (Evangelium Vitae, 20).

"Have we struggled up to the point of shedding our blood to defend life, family, and freedom, and to speak truth to power? Are we willing to do so? These are the questions that the elevation of new cardinals should inspire in us. And with these questions comes the reminder that the truths and values for which we struggle, even unto death, are bigger than any one of us. It is not the Cardinals, nor even the Pope, who determine the deposit of faith. They do not determine it, they defend it, and so must we all."


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