The Pastoral Team of Priests for Life announced today that it has formed an International Private Association of the Faithful called the Gospel of Life Association. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, explained, “Priests for Life has for some time now been a family of ministries. As we have grown and diversified, the work of these ministries has also increasingly become international. Twenty years ago, Priests for Life was established as a Private Association here in the United States. Now we felt it was appropriate to establish the same kind of association internationally, and to have our various branch ministries formally ratify their intent to be such an association.”
The benefit of an association is that the groups work with a more deliberate emphasis on the fact that pro-life is a spirituality, not simply a cause. The Association is guided by special bylaws that express the cohesion of the ministries as a family of believers.
Actually, I think I knew this was about to happen — I think something may have buzzed by me and I missed it. More here.
Check back for more, as it breaks. Increasingly, I’m thinking the whole story is an administrative hullabaloo.
UPDATE I: Diane at Te-Deum Blog has some excellent advice for keeping perspective on this developing story.