The Mandate will be Defeated
March 26, 2012
Below you will find my latest column, The Mandate will be Defeated.
Please help me spread it far and wide. But first let me give you some other
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments, starting today, about
Obamacare! As you may know, I serve as the Pastoral Director of the National
Pro-life Center on Capitol Hill. Priests for Life, in conjunction with the
other groups that co-sponsor the Center, are having prayer vigils outside
the Court, as well as a press conference today. Yesterday, 3300 flowers were
placed around the court, symbolizing the number of children killed daily by
abortion in the USA. See more at our Center website,
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, when, nine months
before his birth (Christmas), Jesus was conceived within the body of the
Virgin Mary as she accepted her call to be the Mother of God. Priests for
Life, along with many other pro-life groups, urges believers to celebrate
this day as a Day of the Unborn Child, with special observances that
highlight the Church’s pro-life teachings. You can find resources for
celebrating this day at
Janet Morana our executive director has written an article, The Pill
Every Paycheck: Bad for Women, which was published on World Net Daily.
You can read it at
www.wnd.com/2012/03/the-pill-every-paycheck-bad-for-women. Please share
it with your social networks using the options they give you on the page.
March 31st is the International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri
Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters (Terri’s
Day). We invite individual believers to spend time on that day learning
about Terri, and praying for all whose lives are threatened in the same way
that hers was. You can use the resources at
www.terrisday.org to commemorate
this day and to help us continue to draw good out of the sad and tragic way
in which Terri was treated. We are in the midst of a novena in remembrance
of Terri through March 31 which you can find at
We will pray an Easter Prayer for Life from April 8-May 16. Go to
www.prayercampaign.org for more
Finally, please view my latest YouTube Video at
which I talk more about the Annunciation and Terri Schiavo.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Praise for our work
Fr. Frank, This morning, as I was praying for you and some other friends
in the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters), I was reminded again how
blessed we are to have so many outstanding members. I want you to know how
grateful I am for your membership and your involvement in NRB! I pray that
God would multiply His blessing to you today and that you would rejoice in
His great faithfulness. - Frank Wright
The Mandate will be Defeated
by Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life is proud to have helped organize the Rallies for Religious
Freedom which occurred in some 140 different cities across America on Friday
March 23. I thank my friends and colleagues Eric Scheidler (Pro-life Action
League) and Monica Miller (Citizens for a Pro-life Society) for spearheading
this effort, and my Priests for Life team for coordinating the New York City
rally. The word we are hearing from around the country is that the rallies
were well-attended, determined, and inspiring.
I am grateful also for the support we received from the Vatican. For
instance, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council
for Promoting the New Evangelization, wrote to me, "[T]he HHS mandates
is a serious threat to the rights of Catholics and to religious liberty in
the United States. As the United States often sets a precedent for the rest
of the world, the potentially devastating impact of this mandate is felt
worldwide. The universal Church remains in prayerful solidarity with the
Church in the United States during this critical time" (Letter of
February 29, 2012).
Where do we go from here? May I recommend three things:
a) The prayer campaign that accompanied these nationwide rallies must
continue. The bishops have designated March 30 as a special day of prayer
for religious freedom, and we urge you to join the ongoing novena we have
prepared at www.PrayerCampaign.org.
On March 30 and beyond, let's offer these prayers in every parish, school,
b) Nine lawsuits, including the one launched by Priests for Life, have been
filed against this unconstitutional mandate. Inform yourself of the
arguments in these cases, follow and publicize their progress, and support
them. Learn about these lawsuits at
www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/hhs-lawsuits.pdf and sign our
"Citizens' Amicus Brief" at
c) Join upcoming educational efforts, webcasts, lobbying efforts, and
rallies. This week, for instance, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments
against Obamacare, and Priests for Life is helping to organize prayer vigils
and press conferences at the Court through the Capitol Hill effort we
co-sponsor called the National Pro-life Center (NationalProLifeCenter.org)!
Of this much I am confident: the unjust and unconstitutional mandate imposed
on Americans by President Obama and his HHS will not stand!
It will be defeated, because people of conscience are standing up, taking to
the streets, uniting with each other, and breaking the silence!
It will be defeated, because the Constitution of the United States is
stronger than any Presidential administration!
It will be defeated, because people of faith know how to oppose injustice
and to suffer any sacrifice rather than to let evil triumph!
It will be defeated, because on November 6 of this year, the people of
America will go to the voting booths, and those elections will bring about
The right to religious freedom, like the right to life, is rooted in the
dignity of the human person. The right to life is more fundamental, of
course, because one must be alive in order to be free. Together, let's
defend life and liberty!
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