Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone: "I am seeking clarification and answers…"

Bishop Zurek has posted a public statement on the Diocese of Amarillo website.  Most important part: As a diocesan bishop, I am obligated to show concern for the well being and ministry of all our priests.  I support with no exception the various ministries that the priests of our Diocese carry out for the Common [Read More...]

Pro-life activist: graphic images will remain in Amarillo

Images of aborted fetuses put on public display have sparked controversy lately — but the man behind them has no plans to remove them. Details: Lori Saunders shielded her 8-year-old daughter’s eyes as the trio of trucks left the Westgate Mall area. “Our children shouldn’t be subject to these graphic images,” Saunders said. “Nobody should [Read More...]

Respect life: the Church's evolving views on capital punishment

While the Catholic Church has does not forbid the death penalty under all circumstances, it has voiced strong and growing opposition to the practice, as Catholic News Service reports: Because the church has only in the past few decades begun closing the window — if not shutting it completely — on the permissibility of the [Read More...]

Clarification from Bishop Zurek on Fr. Pavone

On the Amarillo Diocese website: UPDATE: Canon lawyer Ed Peters has some analysis. UPDATE II: Comments closed. When you reach a point where people are beginning to compare Fr. Pavone’s situation to Jesus headed to Calvary, things are seriously off the rails. [Read more...]

Ed Peters and Al Kresta on the Pavone-Zurek standoff

There’s a lively and intelligent debate about the Pavone-Zurek standoff simmering in a couple corners of the blogosphere, with broadcaster Al Kresta and canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters staking out very different opinions on the matter. After Kresta interviewed Fr. Pavone for his radio show, Peters offered some pointed criticism.  And yesterday, Kresta responded: Calling [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Viewing life as a “zero sum” game, in which advancing one’s interests requires putting aside the needs of others, can lead to callous unconcern for anyone who is especially weak, defenseless, and in need of our help. The unborn child, the aging parent who some call a “burden” on our medical system, the allegedly “excess” [Read More...]

Fr. Pavone: "Joyfully guilty forever"

That’s what he posted to his Facebook page and on Twitter this morning, responding to the “charge” that he places too much of a priority on fighting abortion. Meanwhile, Dr. Ed Peters continues to question Fr. Pavone’s approach in his ongoing dispute with Amarillo Bishop Zurek: Pavone’s diminished appreciation of diocesan priestly work, coupled with [Read More...]

In Amarillo, protests for Fr. Pavone — UPDATED

They took to the skies, and to the streets, Friday, according to local reports: An airplane, two trucks and one demonstrator holding signs made up the efforts of an anti-abortion organization Friday to urge local Catholics to implore Diocese of Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to rethink his decision to keep prominent anti-abortion priest Father [Read More...]

The growing phenomenon of "missing girls"

The Vatican news site picks up on some troubling statistics: India is the fourth country in the world most at risk for the female gender, after Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan, and the widespread practice of selective abortion of female fetuses makes the situation even more difficult. Since the last provisional census carried out in 2011, [Read More...]

On Fr. Pavone: his "last stand"?

That’s how Phil Lawler is characterizing the pro-life activist’s current circumstances, and he gives an interesting overview of what led to this point: The controversy that finally hit the headlines last week is a sad one, a damaging one for the pro-life movement, but not a new one. It was all too easy to see it [Read More...]


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