Fr. Pavone speaks at March for Life in Washington


He posted several pictures (including the one above) on his FB page.  And the Amarillo newspaper explains:

A Roman Catholic priest restricted to ministry within the Diocese of Amarillo participated in March for Life events Monday in Washington with the permission of his bishop.

The Rev. Frank Pavone had a full calendar during Monday’s annual pro-life gathering marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Pavone, a priest under the authority of Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, has been barred from performing religious services outside the diocese since September. That’s when the bishop raised questions about the finances of Pavone’s Priests for Life, the activist priest’s nonprofit Staten Island, N.Y., anti-abortion group.

Priests for Life raised $45.5 million from 2004 to 2008, according to its tax returns. Priests for Life finished 2010 with a revenue shortfall of $1.4 million, according to an independent audit the organization posted on its website.

Pavone has said Priests for Life has provided all records requested by the bishop, as have affiliates Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries and Gospel of Life Ministries. The priest has appealed to Rome to overturn Zurek’s restriction.

The bishop said last week there’s no change in the situation.

“There’s nothing new until Rome says something,” Zurek said.

But Pavone “is not in prison,” Zurek said. “He can travel. He can do things just like anybody else. The only restriction is he can’t function as priest anywhere outside the diocese.”

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