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Standing And Speaking Up Together: A Statement from Fr. Frank Pavone


July 26, 2022

We are currently in the midst of a spiritual, ideological civil war both in our nation and in our Church. Citizens are at odds about the very principles, rights, and freedoms that constitute America. And believers are at odds about the truths and ways of life that constitute the Faith.

And amidst these fundamental battles, the Supreme Court has brought us a monumental victory with the overruling of Roe v. Wade, enabling our nation to turn away from a “constitutional right to abortion.”

The ability for the people and their elected representatives to protect the unborn was taken away from us by the Supreme Court in Roe. Its reversal is a goal toward which I have worked for some 47 years and for which tens of millions of Americans have likewise worked, sacrificed and prayed, with the same fervor and in defense of the same self-evident truths for which our American Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor some two and a half centuries ago.

It’s time to recommit ourselves to this mission, and with this statement I wish to do so personally and to call my fellow citizens to stand with me and with countless others of like mind and heart.

We are at an unusually consequential moment in American history, and not only for the reason I have already noted. The last few years have been a time of intense and justified anger and distress on the part of faithful Americans and faithful Christians.

We have seen betrayals of major proportions, and unprecedented efforts to destroy both our nation and our Church. We have seen a collapse of leadership, a burgeoning of confusion, and an unprecedented, arrogant denial of truth, fairness, and integrity.

To those who have eyes to see, it is clear that we are in a spiritual and moral civil war between good and evil, and between commonsense and insanity. Influential people, both in the Church and the State, seem committed to throw away the anchors on which both Church and State have relied from their beginnings – anchors rooted on the one hand in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and on the other in the Scriptures and in what the Church has always taught.

The anchors themselves have not disappeared or lost any of their clarity, which is why we who are distressed are not discouraged, and we who are angry are not defeated. We know where to turn for truth, guidance, and strength.

But the distress and anger are real.

It is with good reason that the degree to which members of the Church are upset with the lack of leadership of their bishops, and willing to say so, is at fever pitch. It is beyond words; they have had enough.

It is with good reason that respected political leaders like former Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote in the Washington Times after the 2020 election that he was experiencing “a level of outrage and alienation unlike anything I had experienced in more than 60 years involvement in public affairs” and that “tens of millions of Americans are deeply alienated and angry.”

It is with good reason that over 85% of the American people believe our country is on the wrong track.

It is with good reason that from coast to coast, Americans frustrated with the lack of leadership in the nation have spontaneously erupted, at public events, into chanting, “Let’s Go, Brandon!”

Americans are simply fed up with the extremism of pro-abortion forces who no longer try to hide their commitment to abortion-on-demand with no limits or exceptions, and even favor killing babies born alive. We are fed up with attacks on religious liberty and conscience, unconstitutional mandates and tyrannical policies that force some of us out of our jobs.

We are fed up with leaders who cannot lead and cannot tell the difference between right and wrong, who rewrite our Constitution and our history, indoctrinate our children, embarrass America on the world stage, destroy our borders, defund the police who defend us and threaten our right to defend ourselves, cancel our voices on social media and on college campuses, burn buildings and call violent riots “peaceful,” destroy the family, redefine gender, and forget what a “woman” is, and let the prices of everyday necessities soar through the roof.

All of this follows in the wake of unprecedented attempts to destroy the integrity of our elections, hijack national agencies and processes to use as weapons against political opponents, turn the Supreme Court confirmation process into a national circus, and threaten the safety of Americans because they may not be able to kill as many babies as they have killed in the last five decades.

And in the midst of all this, if we speak up in protest, we are called divisive and arrogant enemies of democracy. If we dare to name the enemy, we are branded as the enemy, and we are punished as the enemy, both in the civil arena and in the Church.

The same cancel culture has infected both arenas.

It is a civil war, and there is no room for neutrality in any profession, walk of life, or facet of the State or the Church. And we who refuse to be neutral or silent must stand together.

For the past thirty years, the focus of my life and work has been ending abortion, as it will be for the rest of my life as well. Engaged in fulltime leadership in this pro-life movement, I have labored side by side with Americans committed to defending the unborn and to saving our country.

I have been inspired by those who have remained faithful despite the loss – or threat of losing – their reputations, their jobs, and their freedom. I have stood with you and continue to stand with you all.

And I ask you to stand with me, because the same cancel culture that tries to intimidate you in the culture, in politics, and in the workplace, tries to intimidate me in the Church.

For decades, my ministry has continued to grow despite the efforts of a number of misguided bishops to silence me, to smear my reputation, to change my focus, and even to throw me out of the priesthood (see www.FrFrankPavone.com for the details.)

The reason I know that none of these efforts will work is that I know you stand with me.

Cancel culture in the Church comes from ill-will and is not supported by the People of God. As is true of so many of you, I have a deep and authentic love of the Church and respect for the proper place of authority in the church.

But I have no respect for the abuse of authority, and no intention to defer to those who, instead of encouraging God’s people to be vocal and courageous at this unique moment in our history, try to browbeat us into cowardly silence, meanwhile using every kind of spiritual and canonical reason to rationalize this abuse of power.

There is no need for this, no justification. We can all be united in our love for the Church, for the unborn, and for America. That is why I write to you, my brothers and sisters, who are already united in exactly that spirit.

I ask you today to stand with me by simply continuing to do what you are doing – take part in our projects, support our work, and let me know that you are standing with me and all the others in our Priests for Life Family and our wider pro-life movement. Go to www.PriestsForLife.org/StandTogether. With a united front, we will show the cancel culture, both in the State and the Church, that we will never be silent or go along with their demands.

Do not be discouraged or deterred, no matter what happens. Let’s stand together, let’s work together, let’s pray together, and let’s defend America, the unborn, and one another!

Mark my words, together, we will see the victory!

Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

 


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