He’s back: the return of Father Frank Pavone

David Gibson at Religion News Service has the scoop:  A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis in the unlikeliest of places. The longtime head of the anti-abortion group Priests for Life, Pavone had been confined to the Diocese of Amarillo by his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek, who sent a letter [Read More...]

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 [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...]

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...]

Fr. Pavone: "Nobody needs anybody's permission to save a life…" — UPDATED

The latest, from Fr. Pavone: It’s so encouraging to see so many people on the same page with me, loving and respecting the Church and, out of that very love and respect, supporting the pro-life mission we are all engaged in together. Amidst the many expressions of support, many say to me that they are [Read More...]

On Fr. Pavone: "A great leader inspires others to act sacrificially, death to self"

A lot of people here and elsewhere have grabbed torches and pitchforks and are stalking off into the woods in search of Fr. Frank Pavone’s superior, Bishop Zurek.   Dr. Gerard Nadal is trying to call them back: I love the energy and focus that Father Pavone has brought to the pro-life movement. I love [Read More...]

Amarillo bishop widens inquiry into pro-life charities — UPDATED

The probe extends beyond Priests for Life, to include two of its affiliates. From Amarillo.com: Bishop Patrick J. Zurek has demanded that the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, produce documentation for how donations have been handled by the Staten Island, N.Y., charity’s affiliates Rachel’s Vineyard and Missionaries of the Gospel of [Read More...]

What does the BBB say about Priests for Life?

With all the controversy surrounding Priests for Life right now, I thought it might be interesting to see what the Better Business Bureau Charity Review has to say about them. The BBB looks at how charities run, where the money goes, and whether or not the agencies operate efficiently.   They can tell you, for example, [Read More...]


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