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Fr. Pavone to deliver address on the 2016 elections, religious freedom

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Date: September 20, 2016

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PLYMOUTH, MI — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will deliver a keynote address tonight on the elections, religious freedom and the HHS mandate during the annual dinner of the American Freedom Law Center.

Father Pavone also will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award during the event, along with Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Following tonight’s event, Father Pavone’s speech will be available on the Priests for Life website, and on his social media platforms.

“We have just weeks to go to decide the fate of our nation,” Father Pavone said. “I will use every opportunity between now and Election Day to spread the message that sitting out this election is not an option. The stakes are too high.
Unless a candidate who values life and religious liberty is elected to the White House, the United States, in short order, will become unrecognizable. We cannot let that happen.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven cases consolidated under Zubik vs. Burwell.

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 available for comment on Johnson Amendment during Value Voters Summit

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Date: September 8, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion (Nelson Books, August, 2015) has written extensively about the Johnson Amendment and is available for comment on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to discuss the repeal of the amendment at this week’s Value Voters Summit.

In Abolishing Abortion, Father Pavone devotes several chapters to the political origins of the law, how it has stifled churches and clergy since 1954, and how Churches themselves often make its effect worse or simply use it as an excuse for cowardice:

“Having won his Senate seat only by a margin of 87 highly disputed votes and now up for re-election, Johnson wanted to silence two secular, nonprofit organizations that were supporting his opponent. Johnson had made inquiries with the IRS commissioner to determine whether these organizations were breaking any law by their political involvement. When told they were not, he introduced the amendment to punish them for what had been legal up till then. At the time, there were no discussions, debates or any considerations of a constitutional foundation for the amendment. Nor was there any discussion of whether this restriction applied to churches.”

Father Pavone also criticizes the interpretation of the amendment offered by the IRS, with its vague “facts and circumstances approach:

“… It has been a maze of confusion and inconsistency that, in practice, has made this provision unintelligible and therefore next to impossible to apply.”

Fr. Pavone’s book offers some practical suggestions to move forward beyond self-censorship. To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, contact Leslie Palma-Simoncek, communications director at Priests for Life, at 347-286-7277 or media@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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American Freedom Law Center Names Fr. Pavone a “Freedom Fighter”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Date: September 1, 2016

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Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will receive the 2016 Freedom Fighter Award Sept. 20 in Michigan during the American Freedom Law Center’s annual dinner.

Father Pavone is also the keynote speaker for the dinner at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. He will share a powerful message about the critical moment we face right now in America regarding religious freedom and in our national elections.

Sharing the Freedom Fighter Award with him will be Lilly Johnson, president of Johnson Welded Products, and Greg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (on whose Board of Directors Father Pavone serves).

“Each of these ‘freedom fighters’ has demonstrated exceptional courage in defense of religious freedom and the right to life,” said Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel. “We are honored to not only call them our ‘clients,’ but friends and fellow warriors in our fight for faith and freedom.”

Father Pavone said he is deeply honored by the award.

“Those who defend the unborn soon realize that they get treated like the unborn; their rights are also ignored,” he said. “The American Freedom Law Center stands up for our Constitution, however and wherever it is being challenged, so to have them bestow on me the Freedom Fighter Award is very humbling and deeply appreciated.”

The American Freedom Law Center represents Priests for Life in its ongoing challenge to the HHS mandate. Priests for Life vs. HHS was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23.

In February 2012, Priests for Life was the fourth organization in the nation to file suit against the mandate, which would force employers to be complicit in providing contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and sterilization to their employees. Houses of worship are exempt, but faith-based ministries like Priests for Life were only offered an “accommodation” that is still morally objectionable.

In March, the Supreme Court heard seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell, including the Priests for Life case. Rather than issue an opinion, the Court sent the cases back to lower appeals courts with the instruction that the government should try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the religious groups. That agreement has not yet been reached.

To reserve tickets for the dinner, go to www.americanfreedomlawcenter.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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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Travels to Rome

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Date: July 11, 2016

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Priests for Life leaders to teach a bioethics course on the ways
abortion wounds families, communities

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, will travel to Rome this week for various meetings at the Vatican, and to teach a class on “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum during its 15th annual International Bioethics Summer Course.

Regina Apostolorum is one of the pontifical universities established by and operated directly under the authority of the Vatican.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that aims to raise awareness of all the different groups of people impacted by abortion.

“Every abortion is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Pavone. “But the shockwaves deeply touch all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures — grandparents, siblings, extended families, friends, pro-life advocates, and even abortion providers and clinic workers. The heartache and remorse felt by these people reaches deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Mrs. Morana noted that this year, the theme of the bioethics course is “Family, Education and Society,” and the message of Shockwaves dovetails precisely with this focus.

“Abortion leaves an indelible mark on the family,” she said. “But what we try to do with Shockwaves is to show how healing is available for anyone who has taken part in or been impacted by the death of a child.”

Father Pavone added, “This really is a wound for the whole family and healing has to be for the whole family.”
The Shockwaves campaign was launched in January 2015 at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, a former abortionist and former clinic workers marched alongside the women and men who chose abortion and later regretted it.

“Abortion is not an American anomaly,” Mrs. Morana said. “Children are being killed all over the world and their families and communities are being impacted. Our hope is that this international class of students will bring the message of Shockwaves home with them.”

Those who minister to individuals and families will gain insight into how abortion grief affects those with whom they work, Father Pavone said. “An awareness of the Shockwaves will help them in their ministry.”

While in Rome, Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana will connect with Priests for Life staff at their Rome office, and will meet with Vatican officials involved in pro-life work, including Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life and an architect of St. Pope John Paul’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” – the Gospel of Life.

“Cardinal Sgreccia is one of the key voices in the Church for pro-life,” Father Pavone said.

Meetings also are planned with Rome-based media outlets, Father Pavone said. “Priests for Life continues to collaborate with these outlets to disseminate pro-life news and commentary to an international audience.”

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 Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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Date: May 2, 2016

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NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016)

The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years.

Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily hints for Sundays and holy days, and articulates the pro-life dimensions of the priesthood itself.

“Defending the dignity of the human person is not a task added on to our ministry but rather one inseparable from it and flowing from its very heart,” Father Pavone writes in a chapter on “The Heart of the Priesthood.”

The preaching tips focus on abortion as the preeminent issue, for reasons that both this book and an entire body of Church documents identify and discuss.

Another section of the book also reviews dozens of common fears or hesitations clergy have regarding preaching on abortion.

The book has received the endorsement of several high-profile Catholic clergy, including Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan, EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

To order the new book, go to www.ProclaimingTheMessageOfLife.com.

Priests for Life had its start in San Francisco when several priests wanted to form an association to help their brother priests. The new apostolate received recognition by the Archbishop of San Francisco on April 30, 1991. Fr. Frank Pavone became the first full-time director in 1993. The apostolate has now become a family of ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard, Silent No More, Stand True Youth Outreach, Civil Rights for the Unborn (led by Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and much more. It is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused exclusively on ending abortion.

For more information, visit www.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 Petitioners Comment on HHS Case

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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Date: April 13, 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — The petitioners in Priests for Life vs. HHS, one of the Supreme Court cases consolidated into Zubik vs. Burwell, commented today on the supplemental briefs submitted to the Supreme Court yesterday. Both the petitioners and the government were responding to questions posed in a March 29 order of the Court.

Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, said: “From the beginning of this case, I have made it clear that I will not sign any forms that authorize our insurance company to cover these objectionable services in the health insurance we offer our employees. This case is not about the actions of third-parties. What the insurance company or the government will do without any authorization or involvement from us is one thing; what they try to force us to do is quite another.”

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and full-time director of Civil Rights for the Unborn (the African-American outreach of Priests for Life), said, “Women’s reproductive issues are very complex. Forcing us to provide contraception will never resolve a woman’s deepest issues. There once was a woman with an issue of blood and Christ became her healer. May the church rise up and serve our women or else the government will continue to destroy our greatest blessings.”

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, stated, “The Court has asked us the right question. They asked us to draw the line, as believers, between behavior that is acceptable and behavior that is unacceptable to our faith. We have done so. Now it remains for the Court to rule to protect our freedom to live that faith by being able to choose freely what kind of insurance coverage we offer to our employees.”

Priests for Life, the largest Catholic organization focused on ending abortion, was the first of the 37 petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to challenge the HHS mandate in court.

The petitioners’ brief is here. The government’s brief is here. The Court order requesting the briefs is here.

Priests for Life is conducting a nationwide prayer campaign at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com for a favorable outcome in this case. For more information about the case, see 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 Re-elected President of National Pro-life Religious Council

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Date: April 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a meeting last week of its board of directors, the National Pro-life Religious Council (NPRC), by a unanimous vote, re-elected Fr. Frank Pavone President of this inter-denominational organization that seeks to end abortion and equip the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Life.

“Thank you for your ongoing trust; it is a privilege to serve the organization in this way,” Fr. Frank said to the board members. The other officers of the organization were also re-elected to serve another term, and they are Rev. Kirk van der Swaagh, Vice President; Rev. Dennis DiMauro, Secretary, and Mr. Ernie Ohlhoff, Treasurer.

Along with his role as National Director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank’s leadership of the NPRC enables him to serve even more effectively the interdenominational needs of the pro-life movement. “As Pope Saint John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility” (EV 91). In that same paragraph, he explains,

‘Service of the Gospel of life is thus an immense and complex task. This service increasingly appears as a valuable and fruitful area for positive cooperation with our brothers and sisters of other Churches and ecclesial communities, in accordance with the practical ecumenism which the Second Vatican Council authoritatively encouraged. It also appears as a providential area for dialogue and joint efforts with the followers of other religions and with all people of good will.’

“The NPRC has provided a key role in bearing witness to the historic, Biblical, Christian teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. This is a particularly urgent need, in light of the fact that some denominations have abandoned that teaching by asserting that some child-killing is morally justified, and the fact that some groups have even been formed to explicitly present abortion as an act consistent with Scripture and to have liturgies that ask God’s blessing upon that action. In reality, however, there is only one proper Christian response to our brothers and sisters still in the womb, and that is to welcome and protect them; there is, moreover, only one proper Christian response to their parents, and that is to take their hands and provide for them life-giving alternatives to abortion,” concluded Fr. Frank.

Fr. Frank was also re-elected unanimously by the Priests for Life board at its most recent meeting to continue his role as National Director. Priests for Life is the largest ministry in the Catholic Church focused on ending abortion.

More information on the National Pro-life Religious Council can be found at www.NPRCouncil.org, and on Priests for Life at www.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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Fr. Pavone: Clinton, Sanders out of step with Americans on abortion

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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NEW YORK — Even the Huffington Post expressed dismay that after seven debates, the Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had not been asked any questions about their extreme views on abortion. A Twitter campaign, #AskAboutAbortion was even started because of the glaring omission on an issue of such importance to so many Americans.

Last night, finally, Bret Baier broke the silence on the Fox News Town Hall with the Democratic candidates. He asked both candidates, “Can you name a single circumstance at any point in a pregnancy in which you would be OK with abortion being illegal?”

Sen. Sanders could not name a single circumstance. Touting the worn-out and contrary-to-fact slogan of abortion advocates, he said, “That is a decision to be made by the woman, her physician and her family.”

Secretary Clinton said, “I have been on record in favor of a late pregnancy regulation that would have exceptions for the life and health of the mother.”

But as those who follow the abortion issue closely know, “health of the mother” is the exception that swallows the rule, because under Supreme Court precedent, any circumstance can be construed as a “health” reason.

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented, “Once again, the Democrats can’t point to an abortion that they wouldn’t permit. This does not simply reflect the views of these two candidates, but that of the official party platform. At the same time, it is out of touch with grassroots Americans, including Democrats, who are increasingly opposed to the out of control policy of abortion on demand that has held sway in America since Roe vs. Wade.”

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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Abolishing Abortion: A Must Read Book for Such a Time as This

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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The latest book by Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day, is a much needed book in these turbulent days as we see the value of human life being attacked on many different fronts.

In ABOLISHING ABORTION, Rev. Frank Pavone delivers twenty “arrows” to pierce the chinks in the deadly armor of the abortion machine. It’s a how to approach packed with anecdotes and historical perspectives.

I have been working with Fr. Frank for ten years as Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life. During this time we have fought many battles to save the unborn from death and for their right to life. We have also labored to help the mothers and families of the babies. For abortion makes victims not only of the babies, but society as a whole.

I first met Rev. Pavone at a Right to Life meeting over twenty years ago. I had been Pro-life since 1983, and as a post abortive African American woman, I welcomed the opportunity to join him in the greatest Civil Rights battle of our times.

Just as my uncle, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and my father, Rev. A.D. King, fanned the flames of the civil rights movement, so today Rev. Frank Pavone is doing the same for the movement to end abortion. Fr. Frank’s book ‘Abolishing Abortion’ is another step in that great task.”

Life today seems to have less value, at least in the eyes of many. Whether it’s Black lives, unborn lives, lives of the disabled, lives of the elderly, ALL life has been devalued. Yet what would you expect from societies that allow a mother to kill her own child and call it a personal ‘choice?’

Today death has spread from the abortion facilities to the deserts of Iraq, to the streets of our cities, to the classrooms of our schools, and to the prayer meetings of our churches.

The killing will not end until we begin to defend the most innocent of all, the unborn babies in the womb. When we say that their lives matter, then we can truly say, “All Lives Matter.” And yes, we can even put a hashtag in front of it if we like.

Abolishing Abortion is a call to action for everyone who values human life; which can change hearts and minds and ultimately the world.

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Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion Hits Bookshelves Today

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children.

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said he’s not just fighting abortion, he’s working to end it.

His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States.

In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in the public square and challenges both churches and individual Christians to full engagement.

Abolishing Abortion calls upon both the Church and the State to step up and fulfill their duties to protect the unborn child. It provides readers with legal facts, political strategies, and theological rationales for getting engaged and being effective.

Endorsed by a who’s who of political and pro-life leaders, Abolishing Abortion details how 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling actually changed the kind of government we have in the United States and guides readers through practical steps they can take to restore the democracy the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Those who have endorsed the book include Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who said Abolishing Abortion is a “stirring call to both church and state to protect the unborn.”

Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have likewise endorsed the book.

Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves at a time when Americans are being presented with a series of undercover videos recorded at Planned Parenthood facilities, revealing the horror of their activities. Father Pavone’s book actually outlines the strategy that leads to these undercover projects, explains their power, and outlines the practical follow-up action that needs to be taken.

Father Pavone said that through Abolishing Abortion, he has tried to express and spread the passion that he and so many others have for ending child killing.

“This book goes to the core of what we have to do to end abortion,” he said. “It openly and honestly discusses the failure of both the state and the church in this regard, and offers practical solutions, strategies and steps forward in which we can all take part.”

Abolishing Abortion can be ordered at www.AbolishingAbortion.com.

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