Priests for Life Welcomes Papal Document

April 8th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning:

“All of us at Priests for Life welcome the document issued today by Pope Francis called “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), which summarizes his teaching following the two worldwide synods of bishops held in the last two years on the topic of the family.

“We encourage all the clergy and laity to carefully read, study, discuss and apply this document, which repeats the Church’s teaching on life, marriage and family, and urges all of us to encourage one another with compassion and care as we strive to live that teaching.

“In regard to our own ministry in defense of the unborn, we thank the Holy Father for the beautiful words of this document about pregnancy and motherhood, in particular the following passage:

“Every child growing within the mother’s womb is part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer1:5).

“Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity; once he or she is conceived, the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Let us pause to think of the great value of that embryo from the moment of conception. We need to see it with the eyes of God, who always looks beyond mere appearances.” (n. 168)

“He states in section 83, ‘Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the
family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life
is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s
womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the property of another human being’

“The Holy Father also encourages adoption, stating, ‘Adopting a child is an act of love, offering the gift of a family to someone who has none.’ (N. 179)

Finally, since our director of African-American Outreach is Evangelist Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., we were happy to see Dr. King quoted in this document, in the section where the Pope encourages a love that faces up to all difficulties. Part of the quote from Dr. King reads, ‘And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls ‘the image of God’, you begin to love him in spite of [everything]. No matter what he does, you see God’s image there.’ (N. 118)

Priests for Life will continue to reflect and teach on this document in the days and months to come.

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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Donald Trump and the Pro-life Movement: It’s an Open Door

April 7th, 2016

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Date: April 7, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

“Yesterday, a number of media outlets reported a story incorrectly regarding the relationship of Donald Trump to the pro-life movement, and I would like to correct the record.

Neither Mr. Trump nor anyone associated with him or his campaign canceled a meeting or phone call with pro-life leaders, nor did they break any commitment, promise, appointment, or expectation.

“In my role as National Director of Priests for Life, I arrange various events and conversations, some public and some confidential, between candidates and various leaders, groups, and activists in the pro-life movement. Moreover, we provide, in a non-partisan way, advice and information on abortion to any candidate or campaign seeking such advice or information.

“In that context, we consider the door to be fully open to Mr. Trump and his campaign, and he has a standing invitation to dialogue, both on the record and off the record, with the leaders of the pro-life movement. Such communication and dialogue are essential with anyone who is running for the highest office in the land, on a topic of the highest moral significance. But I cannot comment on arrangements that have been made or are being made when those arrangements or events are confidential. I stress again, however, that no commitments have been broken, nor has Mr. Trump or his campaign given me any indication of a lack of interest.

“Much has been made of his recent comments about who should be punished for abortion. As for punishing the woman, those who have had abortions are already in prison. As the Pastoral Director of the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, and also of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, by which those who have had abortions speak out about their experiences, I know this very well. We don’t aim to imprison them, we aim to liberate them from the shame and guilt and wounds abortion brings. The punishment should be for the abortionist, not the baby’s mom. I have not spoken to Mr. Trump about this, but do look forward to doing so, and I am confident that he will listen to the voices and testimonies of women who suffer from abortion.

“But Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also made comments recently on abortion, including in a Town Hall on Fox News with Bret Baier. Sanders could name no circumstance, and Hillary hardly any, in which they thought it would be OK to make a single abortion illegal. That position is out of step with the American people. And neither of them has corrected or edited those comments.

“Those who — mistakenly — think there should be a punishment for the women are much easier to bring to the right position than those who take the even more outrageous, offensive, and disastrous position — like Sanders, Clinton, and the Democratic platform — that the dismemberment and decapitation of children should continue in a practically unlimited way. In the former position, there’s an acknowledgment that society has to do something about the massive holocaust of children. In the latter position, there is a blatant disregard for the most fundamental right, the right to life.

“Priests for Life continues to be ready to discuss an issue of such monumental importance with all the candidates and their campaigns.”

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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Election Update – Emotions, Media Bias, Pray

April 7th, 2016

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Yesterday in The Daily Beast and other “news” outlets, Mr. Donald Trump was falsely accused of “blowing off” the pro life movement by cancelling or reneging on an invitation to speak to pro life leaders.

This is not true. I was at the meeting, and Mr. Trump did not reject any invitation. There was no meeting with Mr. Trump scheduled in the first place.

I personally have met Mr. Trump and have spoken with his staff and supporters on a regular basis, and find them very open to pro life discussions. I remain saddened by the “winner take all by any means necessary” affront that is being promulgated in this election season.

As a Christian Evangelist, I no longer endorse political candidates. I am called to pray for everyone, including all leaders.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG

While I sometimes privately offer support and advice to various candidates, In this election I urge Americans to pray and repent; and vote responsibly; and to not indulge in emotional mudslinging and lies.

Day Gardner, who has endorsed Mr. Trump was at the meeting in question, and has this to say regarding the scandalous lies about Mr. Trump blowing off pro life leaders yesterday:

“Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union: Today’s article put out by Daily Beast about Trump blowing off a meeting with pro-lifers is unreal. It didn’t happen. How do I know? I was in that meeting. Donald Trump was not on the agenda and had no commitment to participate in any way in that meeting.”

According to Fr. Frank Pavone, who was at the meeting in question, he said this is what happened:

“Our organization reaches out to candidates regularly. Many of these conversations are off the record. But in fairness, let me make clear that Mr. Trump did not break any commitments to speak to me or any gathering I organize. On the contrary, I have had very friendly and fruitful interactions with him and members of his team and look forward to continuing that dynamic.”

Gardner went on to say: “This is an inside hatchet job of epic proportions from person(s) who will go to any lengths to blackball Donald Trump.

“For those who want to look the other way when dirt is flying, check your rear view mirrors. This is just another dirty ploy to eat away at Trump’s voters.

“America can be great again if we can get the liars who are attacking him off the road.”

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How can MLK’s dream survive if the unborn are not protected?

April 4th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 4, 2016

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Today is the 48th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike when he was shot in the neck by a sniper as he stood on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel. He was 39 years old.

Evangelist Alveda King is Martin Luther King’s niece and has devoted her life to an often overlooked aspect of the civil rights movement. As director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American outreach of Priests for Life, she advocates for the lives of the most defenseless victims, children in the womb.

“Today I feel very close to my uncle’s dream and vision for the 21st century,” she said. “However, in order to give genuine honor to the dream we must recognize an underrepresented group: The unborn. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body. Where is the lawyer for the baby? How can the dream of Martin Luther King survive if we murder our children and desecrate the wombs of their mothers?”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said that just as Martin Luther King gave his life for the civil rights movement, pro-lifers have to be willing to do the same for the one million babies lost every year to abortion in the U.S.

“As I wrote in my book Abolishing Abortion, we have to be ready to lay down our lives to end the violent segregation and prejudice of abortion,” Father Pavone said. “Martin Luther King and his brother, Rev. AD King, stopped at nothing to build the Beloved Community, and so must we. Let’s do what needs to be done.”

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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Mother Angelica, Dies at 92

March 30th, 2016

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A bright light has left us by the passing of Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday. Mother Angelica founded the internationally-broadcast cable television network Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Mother Angelica, in her younger years, was a frequent visitor and guest on Jim and Tammy Bakker’s PTL show. As a charismatic Catholic, Mother Angelica, a woman of great faith, shared her faith with millions of people, both Catholics and non-Catholics.

My mother Mrs. Naomi King, widow of my Father Rev. AD King, and I were blessed to visit the EWTN studio in Hanceville, AL where we gave our pro-life testimony on Priests for Life’s show Defending Life with Fr. Frank Pavone and Janet Morana.

Mother Angelica was a great friend of Priests for Life and will be greatly missed.

May she eternally rest in peace.

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Fr. Pavone sees new SCOTUS order as a positive development

March 30th, 2016

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Date: March 29, 2016

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NEW YORK — The Supreme Court today released an order requesting supplemental briefs from petitioners in Zubik vs. Burwell to address how contraceptive coverage may be obtained by employees through petitioners’ insurance companies, in a way that does not require any involvement of petitioners beyond their decision to provide health insurance without contraceptive coverage to their employees.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement regarding the new order.

“We are reviewing the Court’s order with our attorneys, and we will indeed be filing a supplemental brief. We see this as a positive development in that the Court appears to be looking for a least restrictive alternative that would not burden our religious beliefs, which will ultimately mean that the government did not satisfy its burden under Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Priests for Life vs. HHS is one of the seven consolidated cases in Zubik vs. Burwell that had oral arguments before the Court last week. Robert Muise, co-founder and senior counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, represents Priests for Life.

For information about the case, go to 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. Pavone on passing of Mother Angelica: We have all lost a voice of conscience

March 29th, 2016

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Date: March 27, 2016

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NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, made the following statement today upon hearing of the death of Mother Angelica:

“Our whole Priests for Life family and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Mother Angelica. We have all lost a friend, a mentor, a spiritual mother, a voice of conscience, and a source of laughter and encouragement. I was able to thank her again personally for all she has done when I said Mass in her room just two weeks ago on March 13th and blessed her with a first class relic of Pope Saint John Paul II.

“Yet as strong as the feeling of sadness is, even stronger is our gratitude to Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, for giving Mother Angelica the call to do what she did, and to remain faithful to that call even when many entrusted with responsibility in the Church failed to understand it.

“Her voice and her message will be with us for a long time. Thanks to the continued growth of the media apostolate she founded — an apostolate in which we eagerly participate — people will be able to learn and laugh with Mother Angelica for many years to come. We should all recommit ourselves today to echoing her messages.”

Click here to read a longer commentary by Fr. Pavone on how Mother Angelica impacted him and his ministry.

The public is invited to use the comments box at www.PriestsForLife.org/MotherAngelica to express how Mother Angelica impacted their lives and what kind of spiritual bouquet they will offer up for her.

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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It’s Friday… But Sunday’s a Coming

March 25th, 2016

Evangelist Alveda King was at a prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, IA and she wants to share a video that they played there.

Be Blessed!

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Has the World Gone Mad? Seek Jesus!

March 24th, 2016

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This week in America Priests for Life joined thirty-six other plaintiffs in a fight for religious freedom before the United States Supreme Court. Our battle includes the struggle for the unborn. The wombs of women are under siege.

While we are battling for religious freedom here in America, around the world terrorist attacks continue to mount. Now we mourn a new terrorist bombing right now in Europe.

The world has indeed gone mad and the savior will not be a human being, a man or woman; whether it’s winning the office of President of the United States or any other rulers or governors around the world, humans will not deliver us from this present evil.

Terrorism in any form will only end when the hand of Almighty God touches the hearts of humanity.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

Just as terrorists breach the sanctuaries of homes around the world, so too does U. S. government establishment seek to breach the sanctuary of the womb by forcing its HHS mandate on Americans despite objections from many of us with deeply held religious beliefs.

This is a very urgent appeal today as we pray for those who mourn the loss of their own family members and people that they loved in this most recent terrorist attack.

Pray for us as we stand before the United States Supreme Court. Priests for Life and other claimants. Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Amen.

Dr. Alveda King
Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, Priests for Life

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Statement to the Press: Zubik vs. Burwell Supreme Court Case Challenging HHS Mandate

March 23rd, 2016

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Date: March 22, 2016

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Oral Arguments in Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seven consolidated cases, representing 37 distinct petitioners, will be heard this morning in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zubik vs. Burwell, which challenges the same mandate that Hobby Lobby successfully challenged. The difference is that in this case, the petitioners are not businesses, but rather religious non-profits, and along with objecting to the mandate itself, these petitioners are objecting to the regulatory mechanism, or “accommodation,” which the government claims allows them to “opt-out” of the mandate. Petitioners claim the “accommodation” makes them complicit in the very coverage it claims to release them from, and substantially burdens their exercise of religion in a way that fails to meet the strict text imposed on the government by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The first of the 37 petitioners — and the fourth in the nation — to challenge the mandate in court was Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic ministry focused on ending abortion. Priests for Life vs. HHS is particularly well-suited to challenge this mandate, because the requirement to provide abortion-inducing drugs contradicts not only the religious faith of the petitioners but is a direct, head-on collision with its mission and raison d’ê•tre, which is to end the practice of abortion. Along with the organization, petitioners in the Priests for Life case include Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She heads up the Black outreach ministry for Priests for Life. Likewise included is Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, and Fr. Frank Pavone, its National Director.

Fr. Pavone stated today, “I am very grateful to all the petitioners, and all the friends of the court, in these landmark cases, for standing up for the basic question at the heart of this dispute: the government cannot force believers to choose between following their faith and following the law. This accommodation is not an “opt-out;” rather, it is a hijacking of the mechanism of our insurance plans to further the immoral goal of expanding access to abortion-inducing drugs and other objectionable services. To add insult to injury, the government exempts the Churches to which Priests for Life sends its priests to preach, but doesn’t exempt the group that trains and sends them. We share in the same faith as these churches; we share in the same objections to the mandate; we should likewise share in the same exemption.”

Fr. Pavone will speak at the press conference to be held at the steps of the Supreme Court immediately after the oral arguments and will also be available for comment afterwards, as will his legal counsel in this case, Robert Muise, co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center.

Priests for Life will hold a national webcast on Monday night, March 28 from 9 to 10 p.m. to discuss with several observers from within the courtroom how the oral arguments went. To sign up, visit www.PriestsForLife.org/webcast. Priests for Life is leading a prayer campaign against the mandate at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com. For info on the case, visit www.IStandWithPFL.com.

For interviews, contact Leslie Palma at media@priestsforlife.org, 347-286-7277.

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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