"A time to preach and a time to fight"

Fr. Pavone to U.S. pastors: Retreat in cowardice or respond courageously to politicians who threaten U.S.

 
Priests for Life

August 21, 2020


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TITUSVILLE, FL -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has issued a call to action to every pastor in the United States.

“When a political party embraces the destruction of innocent life and the suppression of the freedom of the Church, it can no longer be treated in a neutral way by the Church,” Father Pavone wrote in an open letter to American pastors.

“That Party becomes an existential threat to the nation to which we pledge our allegiance and to the Kingdom to which we have pledged our souls.”

Often criticized by those who believe clergy have no role in politics, Father Pavone urges pastors to emulate a Revolutionary War clergyman who in 1776 famously uttered the words, “There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” Pastor Peter Muhlenberg then threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of an officer in the Continental Army.

“Some maintain that churches and pastors are to stay far away from any engagement in politics or public policy, and simply preach a Gospel that pertains only to individual, interior spiritual life,” Father Pavone wrote.

“On the other hand, we have the choice to engage the battle, taking on the same mindset that led pastors to preach the large body of political sermons of our nation’s Founding Era, giving spiritual and moral energy and guidance to the very creation of our country.

“We can commit ourselves to the same spiritual imperative that led believers to fight slavery and that led their descendants to move from the Churches into the streets to battle segregation.”

Father Pavone tells pastors they can “retreat in silence and cowardice out of fear of being too political” or “respond clearly and courageously to this moment of unprecedented conflict, and lead the People of God to protect their rights, their freedom, their Church and their beloved country.”

Priests for Life (EndAbortion.US)  is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. Pro-life efforts are working. The abortion rate in America is the lowest it has been since Roe v. Wade and in recent years states have passed more than 400 laws to protect the unborn. The number of freestanding abortion clinics in the U.S. has dropped from 2179 in 1991 down to 710 today, and President Trump has placed 200 pro-life judges on the federal bench.

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