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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Comments

  1. 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.“

    “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.“`

    Let us pray that Rome makes a good final decision according to the Cardinal virtues or prudence and justice. Also let`s pray Pavone doesn`t end up like Corapi. Based on these two quotes above it sounds like he`s towing the line and obeying patiently his Bishop`s mandate. Let`s hope it pays off.

  2. pagansister says:

    The signs in this picture are not always true—not every woman who has a termination regrets it. Knew 3 who didn’t as at the time, they felt they had no choice. I’m sure the women in the picture do regret it, but not all do.

  3. Don from NH says:

    Pagansister, why cant you just be pleased with those women who do rather than those who dont?

    Cant we rally around those who seek God forgiveness and have confessed there sin rather than tearing down everyone else.

    The attitude of division only diminishes those “who have seen the light”

  4. pagansister says:

    No tearing down, just a comment that not all regret what is a very, very difficult decision—as it should be. I’m happy as a bug in a rug for those that do wish they hadn’t made that difficult decision—but they did. Thus is life.

  5. pagansister, I suspect a few might be regretting it on judgement day if not blessed to regret it now and reconcile with God of the murder of their infant.

    My wife Greta was at the march and was with Father Pavone’s group as a long time friend and supporter. She related that there were almost twice as many women at this march than in the past coming up with tears over what they have done and showing true repentence. Very moving. Greta also had a chance to meet with Father Pavone on his situation and found Father Pavone at peace with where things are at this time and waiting for word from Rome. He is wide open to obey whatever decision is made. He said he has gotten over his anger at having his name trashed on a national level and realized it was a sin of pride and that it has given him great humility to simply turn it over to God and His Church.
    She said you could see this new found peace and deep humility in everything he did at the March and sees this cross he has been given as a new blessing which could bear great fruit in the battle for life.

  6. Mark, a lot of people (including myself) hope that your wife’s observations are on the mark. If so, thanks be to God! And I’m with Young Canadian: let’s pray that Father Pavone doesn’t go the direction of John Corapi (though we haven’t heard from the latter in a bit, so one wonders where he’s at).

  7. been there says:

    truth is they may not regret it now, but eventually before they meet their Creator the truth will be known in their hearts and they will be sorry. they may not be sorry for not having a child during the circumstances that they were in at the time .. but evidence proves that eventually they will regret killing their child no matter what circumstance it was.

  8. pagansister says:

    Mark,
    As you say, perhaps some will regret it on judgement day, if indeed they happen to believe it will occur someday.

  9. I was kind of hoping that Rome wouldn’t have to get involved — that Fr Pavone and his bishop could together work out the best way for Fr Pavone to minister in the Church, and then move on to implementing what they decide.

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