Prayers Answered with Closing of Famed Wisconsin Abortion Clinic

August 23rd, 2016

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Date: August 23, 2016

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Longtime pro-life activists Rev. Norm Stone, Jerry Horn, Joe Scheidler and Father Frank Pavone today reacted to news of the permanent closing of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The abortion facility, located in the town of Grand Chute, has been a hotbed of pro-life street activism for over three decades, and at one time was reputed to be the largest and busiest freestanding abortion clinic in Wisconsin, serving the tri-state area of Wisconsin, Michigan and western Minnesota. Its closing marks a significant victory for local and national prolife groups.

“This is what I have prayed about night and day,” said Horn, a senior advisor to Priests for Life.

Horn explained that his pro-life activism began in the early 1980s when he was on a retreat with his wife, Bonnie, their pastor, Rev. Norm Stone, and his wife, Judy. Following training in pro-life activism by movement veterans Joe and Ann Scheidler, founders of the Pro-Life Action League, Pastor Stone’s church purchased the house next to the Appleton abortion business – then named the Fox Valley Reproductive Healthcare Center – and Horn and his wife moved in with their children.

“Planned Parenthood is blaming the closing on its inability to adequately ‘protect’ its staff and clients from pro-lifers, but that’s just a cover story, and not a very convincing one,” Horn said. “This business is closing because the darkness of abortion has been exposed. That’s what Pastor Stone and his wife and my wife and I started doing 33 years ago, and which the faithful and constant local and state leaders and individuals have been doing since then. They are the real heroes today.”

Pastor Stone, reached in Montana as he completed his 2,700th mile in an 8,000-mile walk for life called Circling the Nation, said the abortion business closing represented “a real victory for the pro-lifers who stayed on the battle lines all these years.”

Scheidler, who was having lunch with his wife, Ann, their daughter Sarah Worthington and Horn in Chicago yesterday as they learned of the closing, said: “We’re just delighted that the Appleton clinic is finally closed. The fact that I was with Ann and Jerry when we heard the news gave us all reason to celebrate.

“Abortion businesses are closing all over the country because of the dedication of pro-lifers willing to brave ridicule and worse by standing outside in prayer and protest,” said Father Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The abortion industry is in a state of collapse. We will see to it that more and more of these centers close.”

A press conference that will bring together national pro-life leaders is being planned for the near future. Horn said the conference would focus on the work of Wisconsin activists who have worked for decades to close the Appleton abortion facility, as well as the trend of these free-standing abortion businesses closing nationwide.

To arrange interviews with any of the original Appleton activists, call Leslie Palma, communications director for Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

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.

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Priests for Life leading prayer efforts in advance of Election Day

August 10th, 2016

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Date: August 10, 2016

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NEW YORK — With less than 100 days to go before the presidential election, Priests for Life is leading and participating in numerous prayer efforts to beg God’s help in steering the United States off its pro-death trajectory.

Priests for Life founded the Vote Pro-Life Coalition, a wide-ranging group of national ministries working together to advance non-partisan activities to help pro-life voters engage the electoral process in an informed and responsible way.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, also has written “An Election Prayer for Life” (www.ElectionPrayer.com) and is asking people to pray it daily between now and Nov. 8, Election Day.

“To believers, prayer campaigns aren’t seen as passive activities that likely won’t bear fruit,” Father Pavone said. “Prayer is the foundation of everything we do in the pro-life movement, and we will not be successful in turning our nation around without it.”

Priests for Life also supports the first-ever Novena for Our Nation, a 54-day prayer event that will begin Aug. 15 and culminate with a Rosary Rally in Washington, D.C., on October 7. Priests for Life Pastoral Associate Father Stephen Imbarrato – the “Protest Priest” — is on the organizing committee for this initiative and will speak at the closing day Rosary Rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

“We just witnessed a political convention where a woman was cheered for saying she had an abortion, and the most abortion-friendly political platform in our history was adopted,” Father Imbarrato said. “Clearly we are a nation in need of healing.”

Priests for Life is also asking believers to join the organization in praying an Assumption Novena that began Aug. 7 and concludes Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

“The world needs the Assumption,” Father Pavone said. “Mary’s share in Christ’s victory, body and soul, over death, is a sign of the ultimate victory of life in which we are all called to share.”

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.

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Priests for Life side-by-side comparison of Democratic and GOP platforms highlights stark differences

August 9th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Priests for Life today released a side-by-side comparison of the Republican and Democratic party platforms that shows stark differences when it comes to the rights of the unborn, religious liberty, marriage and the family and respect for the U.S. Constitution. The guide is legally qualified to be distributed in Churches.

“We talk about voting with a clear conscience, which means you can’t vote against your values,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “But to vote with a clear conscience, one must consider that elections not only put individual candidates into power; they put political parties into power.

“The same questions you ask about the candidates’ positions on issues have to be asked of the party’s positions. The party platform expresses its philosophy, and its policy preferences. If that party comes into power, what people will they assign to committees, and what bills will they allow to come for a vote? What type of people will be in the administration and on the staff of the elected official; what kind of appointments will that individual make?

“Even if an individual candidate is weak on a particular issue, the party platform signals the direction in which he or she will be guided and influenced by staff and advisors, and by constituents. And in the case of a President, the party platform gives a clear signal of the type of philosophy that will prevail, under that President, at the Department of Health and Human Services, at the Department of Justice, in the Surgeon General’s office, in the federal courts, in the Supreme Court, and in thousands of other positions in many federal agencies.

“The US Catholic bishops have written, ‘We urge our fellow citizens to choose their political leaders based on principle, not on party affiliation or mere self-interest’ (Living the Gospel of Life, n.34). Many vote for candidates because of loyalty to a party, without examining the party platform. Our moral duty requires us to look deeper, and our comparison of the Democratic and Republican platforms will help voters do exactly that.”

To download a copy of the party platform comparison, go to www.politicalresponsibility.com

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.

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Vote for America’s Good not “Lesser of Two Evils” Challenges Evangelist Alveda King

August 9th, 2016

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This Presidential election, many are saying they will vote for the “lesser of two evils”. Won’t it be better to vote for “what’s good for America?” Voting on the issues trumps evil hearts and personalities.

A colleague writes:

“We hear the phrase: ‘lesser of two evils’ a lot…This year, we have witnessed much voting hand-wringing with many people of faith claiming that it is evil to ever vote for “the lesser of two evils”, or for any evil at all. I have concluded that this lesser of two evils phrase is really a canard; a false picture of the electoral choice. Yes, we should never ever vote for evil; only for good. Hence, in a binary election, we should only vote for the good. As for both candidates’ appearing to be evil, remember that all of us are a mix of good and evil.” (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

So, let’s overlook personal personality preferences; vote for the candidate with the greater potential to deliver on the issues most closely aligned with our faith and what is good for America.

This choice may be uncomfortable. But remember, we’re trusting God’s wisdom instead of a human candidate. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

For me, it’s sanctity of human life, procreation, racial justice, economic growth and stability, a positive work ethic, good health, safe borders, domestic harmony, good jobs, sustainable values based education, family stability, and a God guided U. S. Supreme Court; all biblical. Even the building of the wall; it’s not a first! Ezra and Nehemiah did that.

Walls aren’t evil; it’s the intent that’s important. If the walls protect the citizens and yet have gates of legal entry to those in need, or desirous of becoming U. S. citizens, such walls aren’t evil.

Note that in Nehemiah’s day, the people had a mind to work. Handouts and entitlements weren’t on the agenda. (Nehemiah 4:6 ASV)

Let’s pray and act now, and return to God; if not for ourselves, then for future generations.

Finally, let’s agree with Daniel in prayer:

“Oh Lord our God, “lean down and listen to [us]. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how [much of America] lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.””

Amen.

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Rachel’s Vineyard to Host Latino Leadership Conference

July 28th, 2016

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Rachel’s Vineyard will host its first Latino Leadership Conference Aug. 1-3 in Cusco, Peru.

Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard — a ministry of Priests for Life, and the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion — will lead the conference with Eugenia Hadley, Rachel’s Vineyard Director of International Training in Spanish, and spiritual advisor Father Victor Salomon, a member of retreat teams in Washington, D.C., and Caracas, Venezuela.

Attendees are expected from nearly every country in South America.

“The Latino Leadership Conference will be a wonderful opportunity for members of our Spanish retreat teams to expand their education as we bring everyone together for three days of learning, fellowship and prayer in South America,” Dr. Burke said. “This is also a great way for those who are looking to learn more about Rachel’s Vineyard and post-abortion healing to network with volunteers and leaders from around the world.”

Since the first Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat was held in 1995, the ministry of post-abortion healing has grown from a single retreat site to more than 375 sites in 49 states and more than 70 countries. Retreats are offered in 37 languages, and the retreat manual has been translated into 22 languages. In 2002, Rachel’s Vineyard became part of the Priests for Life family of ministries.

This year, Rachel’s Vineyard’s global expansion continued with its first-ever retreat in South Africa. The Latino Leadership Conference reflects the ministry’s continued growth throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Pope Francis first became aware of the work of Rachel’s Vineyard when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires. When he met with Pope Francis in 2013, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard, was told by the pontiff that “Rachel’s Vineyard is very good; it is an excellent work! Go forward with that!”

To arrange interviews before or after the Latino Leadership Conference, in English or Spanish, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at media@priestsforlife.org

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Fr. Frank Pavone Calls for Public Support for Priests for Life vs. HHS and Defense of Religious Liberty

July 25th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today urged religious believers to respond to the Obama administration’s new “Request for Information” in the ongoing controversy regarding the HHS mandate.

“If the government really wants to know what Americans think about its so-called HHS mandate, then let’s tell them,” said Fr. Pavone. “Believers need to speak up and let their voices be heard during the next two months.”

The government’s just-announced public comment period is the latest development in the more than four-year legal battle that Priests for Life and other religious non-profit groups have fought — all the way to the Supreme Court in the consolidated case of Zubik vs. Burwell — against the Obama administration’s attempt to force them to violate their faith. The HHS mandate, as written by federal bureaucrats, would involve religiously based organizations in the distribution of abortion causing drugs and other morally objectionable items to their employees.

Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the lower court decisions in Priests for Life vs. HHS and the six other related cases that the Court had heard. The lower courts had ruled against Priests for Life and the other petitioners, holding that the government could order religious charities, schools, and other entities to comply with its “contraceptive mandate” or pay crippling fines.

But the eight Supreme Court Justices sent Priests for Life’s case and six others back to lower federal appeals courts with the instruction that the parties involved should attempt to reach a resolution that “accommodates [the groups’] religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans ‘receive full and equal health coverage, including contra¬ceptive coverage.’”

And, in fact, conversations between the government and the petitioners have been ongoing. Now, however, the government is also asking for the public’s suggestions on how to achieve a resolution.

“We ask all believers to stand with Priests for Life and the many others who have fought against the government’s attack on religious liberty,” added Fr. Pavone. “To assist the public, we are providing detailed guidance on how to participate in this comment period at www.IStandWithPFL.com.”

Included at www.IStandWithPFL.com are step-by-step instructions on how to file comments with the government by email, regular mail, express or overnight mail, or in-person delivery. Also posted at the website are helpful videos, talking points, articles and other materials explaining the HHS mandate, why it threatens the free exercise of religion, and how citizens can help defend against this threat by sending their opinions to the administration.

“The deadline for public comments is September 20,” Fr. Pavone concluded. “It’s imperative that those of us who value freedom of religion and human life make our voices heard as soon as possible!”

In addition to the updates that will be posted at www.IStandWithPFL.com, Priests for Life will also hold a public webcast to assist interested Churches, organizations, and private citizens to submit their comments in this public process. The date will be announced shortly at www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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.

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Fr. Frank Pavone on the Democrats’ draft platform: “It’s not just the unborn whom Democratic Party leaders disrespect.”

July 19th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today criticized the Democratic Party’s draft platform language on abortion.

“The Democrats’ draft platform is telling loyal grassroots supporters that unless they favor totally unrestricted and taxpayer financed abortion on demand, they are no longer welcome in the party,” said Fr. Pavone. “Apparently, it’s not just the unborn whom Democratic Party leaders disrespect, but also rank and file pro-lifers and the handful of Democratic Members of Congress who vote pro-life.”

The Democrat’s draft platform, to be given final approval next week at the party’s national convention, calls for the repeal of all state and federal laws “that impede a woman’s access to abortion.” It also demands taxpayer funding for abortions and for the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood.

“When Democrats controlled Congress not that long ago, there were dozens of Democrats on Capitol Hill who at least said they were pro-life,” stated Fr. Pavone. “Today, the pro-life Democrat who supports popular measures such as the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding of abortion, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which safeguards from abortion unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain, is almost extinct. And it’s not surprising.”

Fr. Pavone added, “Today, Democratic Party is poised once again to say, at its Convention, that pro-lifers – or even people who just favor parental notification for abortion – have no place in their party. One has to wonder how party leaders expect to gain the support of people they openly purge from their ranks.”

Among the tools which Priests for Life will make available to educate voters in this election is a non-partisan voter guide that compares the positions of the Republican and Democratic platforms on key issues of concern to the electorate. It will be posted at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com and will be of a similar format to the one issued in 2012.

“People need to understand that when they vote, they not only put individuals into power, but also parties, which carry a whole philosophy. It is a moral obligation not only to vote, but to do so in an informed way, and that includes knowing where the parties stand, and how their platforms have changed over the years,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Praises GOP Platform’s Call for Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

July 19th, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today praised the inclusion of language in the approved Republican Platform calling for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment which, in an undefined and chilling way, tells churches and non-profit organizations that they must not “participate in or intervene in…any political campaign.”

“The Republican platform’s language is historic,” said Fr. Pavone. “For the first time, a major party has called for the freedom of churches and other non-profit organizations from the Johnson Amendment. That’s America. We’re about encouraging participation, not discouraging it.

“Last summer, in preparation for this election year, my book Abolishing Abortion was published, and it takes aim at the Johnson Amendment and at the distorted interpretations of it by the IRS and by Catholic dioceses and Church institutions.

Fr. Pavone continued, “It is time to face openly and honestly the problems this Amendment creates, and fix them. The platform is a step in the right direction, and is fully consistent with Catholic Church teaching which says, “At all times and in all places, the Church should have the true freedom to teach the faith, to proclaim its teaching about society, to carry out its task among men without hindrance, and to pass moral judgment even in matters relating to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it.” (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, n. 76)

Delegates at the Republican Convention have approved the party platform, which states in part, “Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

“It is ironic,” added Fr. Pavone, “that many Church entities fight for religious freedom against the HHS mandate, but tolerate quite well the restrictions of religious freedom posed by the Johnson Amendment. In fact, some dioceses issue mandates of their own that quell religious freedom as much as the HHS mandate does. It’s time to wake up. We are not saying the Church should start endorsing candidates. We are saying that that the decision about how much to say regarding elections is a decision that should be made by the Church, not the government.”

For more information on the Johnson Amendment and the position of Priests for Life, see www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

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.

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Amidst France Terror; Rumors of a “Day of Rage,” Evangelist Alveda King Calls for Acts of Love, Repentance and Kindness; Unity of “One Blood.”

July 15th, 2016

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Atlanta, GA. Today, in France, across America and around the world, we are mourning, grieving, yet trusting in God. In Nice, France, 84 fallen by terrorist attacks. In America there will be memorial services for men who lost their lives in an American tragedy last week.

There are rumors of more rage filled protests, and there are rumblings of prayer and praise abounding. We mourn with the families of the deceased and implore Americans and people of faith in God around the world to unite as the Acts 17:26 “one blood” in repentance, love, unity and kindness to avert more violence and bloodshed; for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from the womb to the tomb.

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Fr. Pavone Praises House for Passing Conscience Protection Act

July 14th, 2016

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ROME — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the Conscience Protection Act.

“Given our own Supreme Court case against the HHS mandate, we at Priests for Life understand very well the dangers that freedom of conscience faces in our nation today. It is crucial that pro-life legislation like the Conscience Protection Act be made permanent law. No one should be forced to participate in abortion for any reason, nor should any entity be coerced into providing health insurance that covers abortion. I’m confident the Senate will also see the wisdom of this bill.”

The Conscience Protection Act would codify the Weldon Amendment, which prohibits federal, state, and local governments from discriminating against health care providers, including hospitals, doctors, and nurses, that refuse to provide, perform, or refer for abortions. In addition, the bill would give victims of abortion discrimination the ability to seek relief in the courts.

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.

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