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By Deacon Keith Fournier

1/7/2013 (3 years ago)

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Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia

On the day when we gather in Washington DC, to mourn the Fourtieth anniversary of Roe and Doe, I can think of no place I would rather be than by the side of Fr Frank Pavone. I will be, beginning at the National Memorial for the preborn and their mothers and fathers.  You need to be there as well. You can find out all about it and join thousands of others in prayer, repentance and action by visiting Priests for Life at this website. Below is a press Release with more details.

Fr Frank Pavone

Fr Frank Pavone

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By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/7/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Pro-Life, Roe v Wade, National Memorial fr the Preborn, March for Life, Right to Life, Pro-choice, Priests for Life, Fr Frank Pavone, Deacon Keith Fournier


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - I have had the privilege of calling Fr Frank Pavone my friend for several decades. He is a hero to me and millions of other people. There is no greater champion for our first neighbors in the first home of the whole human race, children in the womb of their mother, than this wonderful man. His courage, conviction, persistence and perseverance inspire and motivate me.  

When the official history of the great human rights movement of our age is written - and make no mistake it will be written - there will be several women, men, associations, movements and organizations holding a deserved place of honor. Right at the top of that list will be this indefatigable Catholic Priest and Champion for Life named Fr Frank Pavone and the vital association which the Lord of Life called him to found, Priests for Life.

The great human rights movement of our age is the struggle to restore to the Civil and positive law of this Nation - and the rest of the nations - the legal recognition of the fundamental Human Right to Life. This Right to Life is the foundation of all other rights and is revealed by the Natural Law which can be known through the exercise of reason. The Natural Law is binding upon all men and women.

Without recognizing this first Right to life there can be no recognition of any other derivative rights. In fact, the entire infrastructure of human rights is placed at risk. All true Human Rights are goods of human persons. When there is no human person there can be no rights endowed upon them or exercised by them. All the "rights talk" in the world will not change that.

Every procured abortion is intrinsically immoral because it takes an innocent human life. It is always and everywhere wrong to take innocent human life. Medical science confirms what our conscience has always known; the child in the womb is one of us, our neighbor. No positive law can change that fact.

When they seek to do so they are unjust laws which are not law at all. The great civil rights movements of the past two centuries have depended upon the recognition of an objective truth; every human being, at at every age and stage, has human dignity and a right to life. 

Civil Rights are those human rights which are first recognized - and then properly protected by - civil government. The American founders stood in the trajectory of Western civilization in their insistence that human rights are not given or bestowed by government but by the God in whose Image we have all been created. Truly just governments are instituted precisely to secure these human rights. The first among them is the Right to Life.

There is no more urgent work in the contemporary culture than the work of the movement called "Pro-Life". That is precisely because the Right to Life movement is the foundational human and thus civil rights movement. We have failed to hear the cry of our youngest neighbors in the first home of the whole human race. When we allow their killing for any reason and by any means - and then actually call it a "right" - we profane the very word. We also place our future survival as a Nation at risk. 

When we allow their innocent blood to be shed and then protect the evil act with the Police Power of the State we betray our claim to being a civilized people. When we deny them the Freedom to be born we undermine the very understanding of ordered liberty upon which our Nation was founded. Those engaged in the Pro-Life movement assert with the American founders that there are truths that are self evident - such as our equality before God - and rights which are inalienable - such as the Right to Life.

The Right to Life is the fundamental human rights issue of our age because without it there are no other rights. It is also the great freedom movement of our day because without the freedom to be born, there are no other freedoms. Forty years ago, with the stroke of a judicial pen, seven Justices of the United States Supreme Court consigned an entire class of persons, children in the first home of the whole human race (their mother's womb), to the status of property. We cannot, we will not, stop in our efforts to defend these children and to end this evil.

When we are victorious in this monumental struggle - and we will be victorious - there will be many heroes whose sacrifice and courage will be recounted in our history books. They will be celebrated by our children and grandchildren as Champions of Life who overcame the current culture of death, replacing it with a new Culture of life.  When recognition of the fundamental Human Right to life is restored to the Civil and Positive law, these heroes will be remembered, honored and imitated.

Right at the top of that list will be a Catholic Priest named Fr. Frank Pavone. He may be of small physical stature, like David of the Old Testament story, but he has a heart which is huge and the courage of a spiritual warrior. Fr Frank Pavone has wielded his small smooth stones and sling mightily in the battle against the Goliath of the contemporary Culture of Death and that giant staggers as a result.

On the day when we gather in Washington DC, to mourn the Fourtieth anniversary of Roe and Doe, I can think of no place I would rather be than by the side of Fr Frank Pavone. I will be, beginning at the National Memorial for the preborn and their mothers and fathers.  You need to be there as well. You can find out all about it and join thousands of others in prayer, repentance and action by visiting Priests for Life at this website. Below is a press Release with more details.

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PRIESTS FOR LIFE PRESS RELEASE
 
The month of January marks 40 years since the Roe vs. Wade decision, and the national prayer service to mark the occasion has been announced. The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers promises to be the largest interdenominational prayer service being held in conjunction with this commemoration.

A larger venue was chosen this year to accommodate what is anticipated will be the biggest turnout ever for the service.

"This prayer service always re-energize and re-focuses our pro-life movement," said Father Frank Pavone, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which is organizing the event along with Priests for Life, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, and Faith and Action. Fr. Pavone will deliver the sermon at the service.

The National Memorial will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 25, at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St.).  This is the same day as this year's March for Life, which will begin a few hours after the service.

"After 40 years of legal abortion, and the misery it has brought to untold millions of American women, men and families, we want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation," said Father Pavone. "Everyone in D.C. for the March should make an effort to attend this service."

A host committee of key religious leaders has been assembled, and more information about the service can be found at NationalPrayerService.com.
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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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