Father Pavone praises Pope Francis’ approach

Thanks to Steve Jalsevac of LifeSite News for linking to this letter!

Fr. Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, says,

No, the Pope is not diluting the anti-abortion focus of the Church.

As the Director of Priests for Life, known worldwide as a ministry within the Catholic Church that urges more preaching, teaching, and action against abortion, I was asked by many alarmed and confused people these past few days about the reported comments of the Pope that the Church should not be “obsessed” with this issue, and that there should be “balance” and “context.

Is the pope saying we should talk less about abortion? Is he saying that the emphasis the Church has placed on this issue has been a mistaken emphasis?

When I first received these inquiries via emails and text messages, I was actually in the presence of Pope Francis, in the dining room of his residence. I had spoken just hours earlier, at the invitation of the Vatican, about the Church’s defense of the unborn child, and about the clear and strong position of the Church, expressed in many documents, that the right to life is our first right and the foundation and condition for all the others.

So the news came to me with more than a little irony, and I immediately began to tell worried pro-life warriors that they had no reason to think that the Pope no longer wanted the Church to focus on abortion.

 The Pope is, as I said myself, giving the world context for the pro-life movement.  The letter from Father Pavone is short, clear, and reassuring, and concludes this way:

This approach radically strengthens the Church’s opposition to abortion, because the Pope is saying not simply that it breaks the Fifth Commandment (“You shall not kill”), but that more fundamentally it breaks the First Commandment (“You shall not have other gods besides me”) and that to disrespect life is to abandon God himself.

Nobody should worry or think that the Pope is in any way diluting the Church’s strong and unchangeable stance against abortion, or contradicting all that has already been said and written, in documents like The Gospel of Life, about the urgent priority that this issue deserves. Some 50 million children are killed by abortion around the world each year. If we want to know how much we should focus on it, we only have to use human reason and ask what our response would be if 50 million adults throughout the world were killed each year by terrorism.

Long live the pro-life movement, and long live the Pope!

Hear, hear!  Thank you, Father Pavone.

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  • richard

    Thanks for these words from Father Pavone.

  • Claire

    Thank you for sharing this Simcha. It drives me crazy how Pope Francis is so misinterpreted by people on both sides of the fence.

  • anna lisa

    I’ve been thinking about this. The pope knows that human beings love to hide behind their own props of virtue–you know, the old plank trick. Having an abortion or being gay has never so much as even tempted some of these people, who feel above the common riff raff. Something tells me that the pope is sick of Catholic jerks with seemingly impeccable credentials. It probably takes him 30 seconds to realize when he is in the presence of one. His strong words are for them, and not the tireless, humble soldiers for life.
    Add to this, all of the heartbreaking confessions he’s heard…people who are wounded, people who are repentant..
    He’d rather break bread with them, on their journey, than with the sanctimonious who think they’ve arrived.

  • StumbleBumble

    Father Pavone has just reaffirmed what many of us already knew…Papa Francis has always been pro-life. God bless Father Pavone and his dedicated service to Jesus, the Church and especially to the beauty that is life.

  • Eileen

    I agree with you anna lisa. And I agree with the Pope. I think the rebirth in the church has some occurred in a way that lends itself at best to persnickety people and at worst to misogynistic, homophobic anti-semites. And the pope is telling those people to relax. We’re all made in the image and likeness of God.

    I don’t worry about the media misinterpreting what Francis is saying. I worry about those liberal priests and bishops who have been waiting for some scrap on which to pounce. So many of us in the pro-life movement have been fighting an uphill battle with our pastors for years. And to have the pope’s words thrown in our faces will be an extra special slap in the face.

  • jenny

    I would like to suggest to priest Frank Pavone to invite to his radio/TV shows FATHERS who abandon their unborn children after procreating them; placing their children in the womb of the woman do not exempt them, the fathers from providing food and emotional/medical care to their unborn children…..