Sick stunt: US priest places aborted foetus on an altar

Sick stunt: US priest places aborted foetus on an altar November 8, 2016

Catholic priest Frank Pavone is at the centre of a firestorm after he placed an aborted foetus on an altar in what has been described as an “atrocious” anti-abortion stunt.
According to this report, Pavone – who heads New York-based Priests for Life – said the foetus was entrusted to him by a pathologist for burial.
Pavone posted a video of his grisly act on YouTube to highlight Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion stance. He said on Facebook:

We have to decide if we will allow this child killing to continue in America or not. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform says yes, let the child-killing continue (and you pay for it); Donald Trump and the Republican platform says no, the child should be protected.

A call placed to the spokesman for the Diocese of Amarillo in Texas, which is Pavone’s diocese, was not immediately returned Monday. The receptionist, however, said her phone has been ringing off the hook.
In a blog post for the Archdiocese of New York, Ed Mechmann wrote about the “revulsion” he felt about the video.

A human being has been sacrificed and the altar of God has been desecrated, all for politics. Everyone who respects the dignity of every human person should reject and disavow this atrocity.

And in a blog post for Patheos, Scott Eric Alt argued that what Pavone did was “sacrilege”, a violation of Catholic Church canon law, which states that the altar is:

Reserved for divine worship alone, to the exclusion of any secular usage. Being pro-life is about respecting the dignity of the human person. It is the antithesis of respect for the dignity of the human person to use a dead child as a political prop to lobby for your presidential candidate the day before an election.

A C Smith, in a comment beneath the YouTube video, wrote:

You are using the body of an innocent child, on the altar of Christ, as a prop for your political endorsement. You have a right to endorse Trump or whoever you like, but this is appalling and disgusting and in complete disregard for the dignity of human life. A human body is not a prop, and neither is the altar. As a priest, you should know better. As a celebrity priest, you’ve clearly lost your mind.

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  • David Anderson

    “…foetus was entrusted to him by a pathologist for burial.”
    Trust and Roman Catholic priest do not go together.

  • L.Long

    Pavone is a typical religious dimwit. Who thinks fetuses are BABIES. And the Hillary program will NOT be forcing people to have abortions. The fetus stunt??? Who cares? His theater will be seen good/bad/indifferent by the various groups. Meh!

  • Laura Roberts

    The whole “baby”/”fetus”/”person”/”blastocyst” semantic argument is moot as far as I’m concerned. Nobody has a legal right to force a parent to donate so much as a single hair on their head to save the life of a newborn, yet the (almost entirely religious) abortion foes want to confer that right on an organism that hasn’t been born yet. I’m still waiting to hear a compelling argument as to why that should be the case.

  • L.Long

    And their book o’BS also places the value of a fetus at ZERO!! But since most of the sheeple don’t really read the book o’BS they have no idea!! To find this read the stoopid book or look thru the back issues of

  • charles Longstreth

    I think that priest and his ilk should first pay attention to a problem they have at hand, i.e. damaging young lives using their pederast priests over and over again.
    Drop their fetal adoration bit.

  • The poor child. It looks rather like the Thing which burst from John Hurt’s chest in Alien. The sight of it has quite put me off my Big Mac (with extra fries). I do hope the Catholic priest refrained from doing anything untoward.

  • Barry Duke

    Charles Longstreth, they are paying attention to the paedophile problem!

  • Angela_K

    We know very well how bad the Catholic church and its stormtroopers are but this sinks to a new level of depravity. What a moronic individual and a disgusting stunt; surely there must be a law against misappropriation of body parts.

  • barriejohn

    So, Hillary Clinton is “pro-abortion”. This means, I take it, that she has been stomping around America demanding that foetuses be ripped from the stomachs of pregnant women, willy nilly. That’s very strange, because it’s the first that I have heard of it. Do they mean that she supports the right of women to have an abortion? Yes, maybe that’s what they mean!
    Based on the 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child, preambular paragraph 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that “the child… needs… appropriate legal protection before as well as after birth”, but due to ambiguity the legal protection of the fetus conflicts with the rights of a pregnant girl under the same Convention. Such conflict is sometimes called maternal–fetal conflict. Under CRC, the rights of a pregnant girl are interpreted as superseding those of her fetus. The states retain the power to decide for themselves what prenatal legal protection they would adopt under CRC. A proposal to grant fetus the right to life from conception was put forward by Belgium, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico and Morocco during drafting of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), but it was rejected in favor of less stringent wording

  • Brummie

    I wonder what the “child”s view on this was?

  • Paul

    I don’t have a problem with anyone that has a pro life stance but this isn’t it, and I do have a problem with the church that frequently hijacks a woman’s rights over her own body and uses frightful, derisory, unintelligent, ill informed and emotive and illogical arguments that fly in the face of accepted medical science when it does hijack these rights. The church fails to accept the woman is the one with the choice not them: it simply makes demands based on an illogical belief system that they have developed and re stated over the centuries to suit their irrational beliefs. And when those beliefs are challenged (or in this case not) it seems some members of the church act foolishly and do utterly reprehensible things like this.

  • DOM

    Why not, they have a statue of a tortured dead man hanging behind it.

  • barriejohn

    Never forget that strident opposition to abortion rights by the religious is predicated by their belief that the foetus has a SOUL. You are never going to engage them in a sensible discussion about the subject because their entire stance on the subject depends upon that “fact”, so you might as well not try.
    Just take a look at this load of nonsense. The writer actually claims that there is “empirical evidence” for the existence of the “soul” because it is that which gives the human body life! (The test is simple: If you have a living human body, it is made alive by a human soul.) Notice also the Catholic habit of appealing to “natural reason” when actually referring to baseless religious superstition.
    The possession of the soul at all stages of development is also indicated by natural reason, once one understands what a soul is. From an ultimate perspective, a human is comprised of a human soul serving as the substantial form of a human body (cf. Summa Theologiae 1:75:4), as indicated in Genesis 2:7. The fact that a soul is needed to turn a human body into a human has sufficiently penetrated the popular consciousness that people recognize the presence of a soul is tied to the right to life.

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  • Newspaniard

    @Barty. Stop pussy-footing around and say what you mean. In the mean time, would you mind NOT SHOUTING!

  • Angela_K

    And now the stupid Americans have out-voted the reasonable, we’ll see more of this as the religious right are emboldened and encouraged by Trump.

  • barriejohn

    Angela: I’ve just posted a comment on Daz’s blog about the election of this clown, to the effect that the world’s big polluters (like China) and human rights abusers (African leaders especially) will be cock-a-hoop at the news. It’s more than they dared hope for!

  • barriejohn

    A Trump supporter has just said on TV that America can now return to the values of “God, faith and country”. We all know what that means!

  • L.Long

    I LOVE the BS about SHOUTING!!!! What reading caps makes you go blind or deaf????

  • Angela_K

    The USA has become a more dangerous place for those who are not bible thumping, gun-toting white heterosexual males.
    L.Long. The caps thing is just bad manners, just like the lack of punctuation and poor spelling.

  • Matthew Carr

    If you think it’s a child I think you’ll agree that you can’t trust a Catholic priest with it. If you don’t think it’s a child you’ll still agree that you can’t trust a Catholic priest with it.

  • Seff

    “A Nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.” – Pope JPII. Hope, Trump will dump the Planned Parenthood .

  • Angela_K

    @Seff. Bugger off, we aren’t interested in your religious trolling, we’ve heard it all before.

  • Seff

    @Angela_K : You have already proven yourself to be an empty vessel that simply spits insult for want of solid argumet.
    Have you heard this : The winds of change are coming therefore nothing and nobody is going to stop it. The end of abortion in the USA is only the matter of time. “… soon there shall be the fall of the civilization of death which is to be accomplished through the revelation of the glory of My Son, and the power of devil shall be overcome….” to be more specific soon means within two years.

  • Angela_K

    @Seff. You have proved yourself to be incapable of rational thought, on other threads you have failed to answer direct questions.
    “…. revelation of the glory of My Son, and the power of devil shall be overcome….” Of course you cannot provide any verifiable evidence of that ridiculous assertion.

  • Seff

    @Angela. I am really alarmed by the amount of hatred you have towards us – Christians. It is very dangerous. All I can tell you is that time is going to unveil the truth that so much bothers you. Soon you all will also see clearly how POLAND will be shinning brightly as the example of faith and fidelity to the Catholic Church among all European nations. That`s why we needed so much enthonement Him as King of Poland. Then you will remember all that Catholic nonsence and ignorance that have been written far and wide. The Good news this is my last post unless another article appears about Poland on honorable pages of FT. Sorry for making your blood boil. Bye.

  • Angela_K

    Life is too short to feed trolls like you any longer anyway.

  • remigius

    @Seff. According to Wikipedia Poland is still a Parliamentary Republic. And there is no mention of HRH Baby Jesus in this list of Polish kings. Ho hum.