Archive for the ‘Religious Freedom’ Category

The Pen is a Key

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Collage picture

From the historic White House Rose Garden, President Trump said: “Freedom is a gift from God” in observance of the 2017 National Day of Prayer; he was joined by Leaders of Faith to sign Executive Order Protecting Religious Liberty.

“When President Trump released the historic pen used to sign the historic Freedom of Religion Act in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday, there was a united prayer for revival released around the world simultaneously. Please pray with us as you read some “takeaways” from your eyewitness on the ground.” – Evangelist Alveda King

1. Two prophetic women were given the pens which POTUS used to restore religious liberty and speech to America: Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

2. POTUS will visit 3 seats of religious authority on his first international journey; Saudi Arabia, Israel and The Vatican. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world”; this journey will seek out the connections among Ishmael and Isaac; both sons of Abraham while seats of the ancient roots of religion are being tapped. Ephesians 4:5-6: For THE LORD JEHOVAH is One, and the faith is one, and the baptism is one; and One is God The Father of all, and over all, and with all and in us all.

3. POTUS said: “Freedom is a gift from God.” The pen granted to honor MLK is a key urging us to live together as brothers and sisters rather than perishing as fools. MLK was a Christian preacher. Acts 17:26 says we are one blood, one [human] race.

4. On the same day that POTUS signed these executive orders, the US House of Representatives dealt a blow to death care in America with passage of the American Health Care Act.

Perhaps the song says it best: “To God be the Glory.” Pray for America.

Alveda receives pen from President Trump

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Priests for Life Praises Executive Order That Addresses Battle Against HHS Mandate, Freedom to Preach Politics From the Pulpit.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 4, 2017

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK – Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, was at the White House today as President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty that directly impacts the work of the pro-life ministry she serves full-time.

The executive order affirms the commitment of this Administration — and indeed of America — to the foundational principle of religious freedom, which means that citizens are free to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not just in Church, but in every arena of life.

Priests for Life has been fighting for religious freedom at the Supreme Court as this ministry and dozens of others insist that they will not follow a mandate, left over from the Obama Administration, that would force them to violate their faith by providing insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

Priests for Life has also been fighting against vague and unconstitutional restrictions on what pastors can preach from the pulpit, particularly when it comes to politics, elections, and voting.

The President’s Executive Order addresses both of these things and points our nation more clearly in the direction of religious freedom, and in the direction that Priests for Life and the Church have been urging for a long time.

“This is truly a great day for religious freedom, for the pro-life movement, and for Priests for Life,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director. “We will be busy in the coming months unpacking the meaning of this Executive Order for all of the clergy across the nation. We want to move them away from the silly fear that a sermon on Sunday saying to vote pro-life means a visit on Monday from the IRS. We have been insisting for years that this would not happen, and thanks to President Trump’s action today it is even farther from happening.”

Fr. Pavone has outlined in detail the problems with the Johnson Amendment, and with the Church’s response to it, in his 2015 book Abolishing Abortion.

Ms. King said it was an honor to be with the president when he signed the order, especially since it so directly affects Priests for Life.

“President Trump has kept another promise to pro-lifers and people of faith with this executive order,” she said. “I thank God for him.”

Alveda at signing of Executive Order on Religious Liberty

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Fr. Pavone: President Trump’s Religious Liberty Order Is Cause for Celebration

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 3, 2017

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today said that reports of a White House executive order on religious liberty to be issued tomorrow is very welcome news.

“Speaking as one who has spent the last five years in federal courts – and who is still in court – defending the right of religious groups and individuals to practice our beliefs, President Trump’s anticipated executive order is cause for celebration,” said Fr. Pavone. “For far too long, government has been trying to confine faith to the four walls of houses of worship. I’m confident that President Trump’s order will reinforce the Constitution’s guarantee that our religious beliefs are to be protected, not attacked.”

According to reports, a White House ceremony will be held Thursday to announce a new executive order protecting the religious rights of individuals and organizations from government overreach.

Father Pavone added: “We are grateful to have a president who is committed to defending a value so basic to Americans as religious freedom. We look forward not only to his executive actions, but also to legislation that will further protect religious liberty from unjust government mandates and from the oppressive restrictions of such measures as the Johnson Amendment.

“President Trump has made it clear that churches should be free to speak their minds on political matters and we fully agree.”

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Fr. Pavone: Don’t let bogus Catholic group speak for you!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 19, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Comment period for public to weigh in on HHS mandate closes a minute before midnight tomorrow

NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued a new appeal today for people of faith who oppose the unjust contraception/abortifacient mandate in the Affordable Care Act to submit their comments to the Federal Register.

The public comment period ends at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 20, for those who would like to help solve the impasse over the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring employers to provide contraception, abortion-causing drugs and sterilization services to their employees.

After hearing oral arguments March 23 in Priests for Life vs. HHS and six other cases against the mandate, the Supreme Court sent the cases back to the lower courts with the admonition that the Obama administration and the petitioners – 37 in all – should sort it out themselves. On July 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public for its ideas.

Thousands of people have already submitted comments. Among them were copies of a form letter circulated by the abortion-loving, fake Catholic group that calls itself Catholics for Choice.

“People who object to contraceptives and abortifacient drugs cannot let this bogus group speak for them,” Father Pavone said. “It is imperative that true Catholics and other people of faith let their voices be heard.”

For instructions on how to participate in this public comment period, go to www.priestsforlife.org/PublicComment.

To listen to a replay of a webcast Priests for Life hosted last week to help people participate in this process, go to http://www.priestsforlife.org/Webcast/

And for overall information about Priests for Life vs. HHS and the related cases, 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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Public Urged to Comment on HHS Mandate Religious Liberty Cases

Monday, September 12th, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

Period of public comment ends Sept. 20

The public comment period ends Sept. 20 for those who would like to help solve the impasse over the Affordable Care Act’s unjust contraception and abortion mandate.

After hearing oral arguments March 23 in Priests for Life vs. HHS and six other cases against the mandate, the Supreme Court sent the cases back to the lower courts with the admonition that the Obama administration and the petitioners – 37 in all – should sort it out themselves. On July 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice in the Federal Register asking the public for its ideas.

“For everyone who understands how important this case is, this is our opportunity to stand together strongly for religious liberty,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a named petitioner in Priests for Life vs. HHS. “You can be sure that those who want to advance abortion and contraception at the expense of religious liberty will let their voices be heard. We must not fail to raise ours.”

Tonight, Monday September 12, Priests for Life will hold a public webcast, from 9 to 10 pm ET, to guide people as to how to participate in this process. People may sign up at www.priestsforlife.org/Webcast.

For information on the Supreme Court cases and for detailed guidance on how to participate in this public comment period, go to www.IStandwithPFL.com.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

American Freedom Law Center Names Fr. Pavone a “Freedom Fighter”

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 1, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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

Monday, July 25th, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 25, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

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

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 19, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Landmark book, “Abolishing Abortion,” calls for Church to stop political self-censorship

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Media Advisory: Priests for Life to Host Telephone Press Conference Monday After Ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

Friday, June 24th, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 24, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, June 27, in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt — a case that could have far-reaching implications for abortion facilities across the country — Priests for Life will host a teleconference for the media at 11:30 a.m. that day.

On the call will be the National Director of Priests for Life, Father Frank Pavone, who is a priest of Amarillo, Texas; State Representative Jodie Laubenburg, who authored, carried, and passed House Bill 2 in the Texas legislature; Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “admitting privileges” portion of the law, and Carol Everett, founder of The Heidi Group and a former abortion provider, who spearheaded the inclusion of the “ambulatory surgical center” portion of the law.

To take part in the call, dial 712-432-0700, then dial access code 619300#

Priests for Life submitted a “Friend of the Court” brief in this case, on behalf of the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who have had abortions and share their testimonies about why laws like the one in Texas is necessary.

Any questions may be directed to Leslie Palma, Priests for Life Director of Communications, at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

You can read a series of op-eds published by Fr. Frank about this case here.

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.

Fr. Pavone Blasts HHS Decision to Allow California to Break Federal Law

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

priests_for_life_logo_transparent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 23, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the federal Department of Health and Human Services decision to overlook federal law and force health insurers in California to cover abortion.

“We have already seen how willing the unelected bureaucrats who run HHS are to disregard Americans’ freedom of religion, and this Weldon Amendment decision demonstrates the behavior of an Administration that seeks to obliterate faith entirely.”

The Weldon Amendment prevents federal funds from going to states that discriminate against health care entities that do not provide or fund abortions.

“We continue to battle the Administration through our own Supreme Court case, Priests for Life vs. HHS, regarding a distinct but similar mandate, and we strongly support a legislative solution to enforce the Weldon amendment, such as the Conscience Protection Act (HR 4828).”

Fr. Pavone continued, “Moreover, all of this again points to the critical importance of religious liberty as an issue in the November elections. We need a president who supports religious liberty and appoints judges who do the same. I urge everyone to keep this in mind as they vote in November.”

“I stand with Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Marsha Blackburn and other pro-life lawmakers in Congress who strongly oppose HHS in this matter,” Father Pavone said.

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.

Click here to leave a comment for
the article above.