Dear Missionaries of the Gospel of Life,
I hope you were encouraged, as I was, by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case in favor of religious freedom.
In this month’s video and in my comments below, I want to update you a bit about its implications, and I also want to invite you to join me and other Missionaries of the Gospel of Life for a conference call on Tuesday night July 15.
The Hobby Lobby decision was favorable not only to Hobby Lobby, but also to our own Priests for Life case against the mandate, which, as various cases climb the ladder to the Supreme Court, is in the lead position. That is because ours was the first to have oral arguments, on the merits of the case, at the appellate level. That took place this past May 8. (Many of the other religious cases are still at the District court level, or are awaiting dates for their oral arguments at the appellate level.)
The Supreme Court reaffirmed a key argument we have been making against the mandate, namely, that it is not the government’s role or right to judge the “reasonableness” or substance of a citizen’s religious beliefs. Because Hobby Lobby objected to the mandate, the government has to honor that objection, save for the rarest of circumstances. We likewise object – though on slightly different grounds than in Hobby Lobby. But the fact remains that the nature or reasonableness of the religious conviction on which we base our objection cannot be subject to government approval. And that is where our case is very strong.
www.IStandWithPFL.com, you can keep up with the latest in our case and also see my latest commentary on the outcome of the Hobby Lobby decision.
And we will talk more about all this on July `15, at 9pm ET.
In that call, I am also inviting our Deacons for Life to join us. By having the Deacons for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life together on a call for the first time, we can have these two branches of our Priests for Life family of ministries enrich and promote one another. And that will be encouraging for all. On the call, we will deal with the following topics:
a) A review of what the Hobby Lobby case means, especially in regard to the case that Priests for Life and other religious groups and dioceses have brought against the HHS mandate;
b) The National Day of Remembrance on September 13;
c) Elections 2014 and what we can do, including Voter Registration Sundays;
d) The most important pro-life legislation; and
e) The Church’s upcoming initiatives on the Family and information that has recently been released on the two Synods of Bishops, one this October and one in October of 2015, along with the World Meeting of the Pope with Families in Philadelphia in September of 2015.
Would you join me on the call? To do so, simply email Anthony Vento at
email@example.com, and you will receive shortly after that the information you need to join us.
Many thanks for your pro-life commitment and for your prayers!
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life