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November 18, 1998 540-785-4733
Scandal of Catholic "Pro-Choice"
Politicians Must Come to End
Fr. Frank Pavone and Priests for Life Applaud
Fr. Frank Pavone, International Director of Priests for Life and an official
of the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican, applauded the document
released by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, "Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge
to American Catholics," the purpose of which is to bring even more clarity to,
among other things, the Church’s long-standing position on Catholic politicians
and abortion. In a statement from Rome today, Fr. Pavone said:
"For those who are Catholic, there can no longer be any doubt: There is
simply no way to be Catholic and "Pro-Choice," when the choice in question
involves the taking of innocent life. Those who hold that there is more than one
Catholic position on abortion are mistaken and need to stop misleading others.
"In reality, the Catholic position is the only position that promotes
authentic human freedom of choice. It recognizes that ‘Choice’ has an obligation
to ‘Truth.’ If Catholics want to govern, then let them govern all the people---
that includes the youngest members of the human family.
"In the course of my travels throughout the United States, few questions have
been asked of me with such urgency and consistency than that of how to address
the scandal of politicians who call themselves Catholic, and yet permit the
legal destruction of innocent babies.
"Priests for Life has addressed this question in the past in communion with
the Bishops. We therefore welcome this new statement and pledge the active
cooperation of thousands of our priest members throughout the country to see
that this document is known and applied."
Copies of the statement can be obtained by calling the Priests
for Life press office at: (540) 785-4733. The statement itself is available
through our website, along with other magisterial teachings on abortion, at:
for further commentary.
Fr. Frank Pavone is a priest of the New York Archdiocese and
an Official of the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican where he
helps to coordinate pro-life activities throughout the world. He has led the
Priests for Life movement throughout the world since 1993. Priests for Life is
an association recognized under the Canon Law of the Catholic Church.