Fr. Pavone Asks Catholic Priests, Laity to Call on Mrs. Clinton to Denounce Anti-Catholic Bigotry
NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Catholic priests and deacons and lay parishioners to urge Hillary Clinton to apologize for and fire staff members who expressed anti-Catholic views in emails recently exposed by Wikileaks.
“It’s one thing to disagree with Church teaching on abortion and other matters,” said Fr. Pavone. “It’s quite another to form organizations to try to subvert Church doctrine and to insult and demean those who adhere to it. The bigotry revealed by current Clinton campaign leaders in those emails is both appalling and unacceptable.”
Emails released by the Wikileaks organization show that Clinton campaign head John Podesta helped organize liberal groups to attack Catholic teaching. They also show exchanges between Jennifer Palmieri, now the communications director for the Clinton campaign, and John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, in which people who convert to Catholicism are portrayed as insincere and conservative doctrines of the Church are called a “bastardization of the faith.”
“Priests for Life has asked Catholic priests and deacons around the country to call on Mrs. Clinton to apologize for these insulting and demeaning remarks about Catholics and to fire those who made them,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We have seen this approach before in reference to the Catholic Church, all the way back to Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who founded the abortion industry and said he and his colleagues knew that the Church was their biggest obstacle and had a sophisticated strategy to blunt the Church’s influence.”
“We have also seen Mrs. Clinton assert (at the 2015 Women in the World Summit https://youtu.be/Yj1T1gP4Q9M) that religious beliefs need to be changed in order to advance women’s rights, and we at Priests for Life have had to fight all the way to the Supreme Court for our right to live out our faith against the HHS mandate. The religious freedom of Christians is in danger, and the attitudes and actions revealed in these emails do not help,” Fr. Pavone concluded.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.
That’s it. We at Courageous Priest truly want to know how you feel about this sad situation involving Father Pavone and Bishop Patrick Zurek the current Bishop of Amarillo?
All charitable comments will be published. Let us remember to respect the dignity of their offices as priest and bishop.
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Bishop Patrick J. Zurek
Fr. Frank Pavone
Here are some of your comments:
A dear friend, a Redemptorist priest, told me a long time ago, that his vow of obedience is so very important in his religious life. This vow does not diminish his priestly work but actually enhanced his personal growth because he knows that God is using him in his full capacity to carry out His mission. With that said, I believe that God will always protect the priest who loves and obeys his bishop. Please continue to pray for Father Pavone for strength and humility to remember his obedience to his bishop with and fidelity in his vows.
I believe in what Father Pavone is doing. His fight for life is a most worthy effort. I would hope and pray his bishop sees the importance of the work he’s doing and encourage and enable him to continue the work.
I do understand, the necessity for obedience for priests to their bishops. Obedience is an essential virtue for all the faithful, but especially for priests who take a vow of obedience.
God bless the Bishop and Holy Spirit guide and direct him. Also, God bless Father Pavone…Holy Spirit guide and direct him, also.
It’s very easy for people to jump to conclusions and have an opinion, but we must tread carefully not to make assumptions without all the facts.
James 1: 2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I like Fr. Pavone’s work and what he was doing but I have to admit that I felt overwhelmed by the amount of peperwork he put out. It seemed like weekly I was receiving another urgent letter to give all that I could give. Even my husband who takes little notice of Fr. Pavone’s work commented on the large number of lengthly mailings we would receive. It must have cost a fortune to print all that up and send it out. I wrote a letter to Fr. Pavone and mentioned that as much as I agree with him about abortion I simply could not be pushed in ever letter to give so much. I told him (the staff…and I recived a kind letter in response) that he did not have to educate the pro-lifers so much, we already know. I will send money but you don’t have to give me a three hour sermon in a letter to get me to send it. There are a lot of good people working on ending abortion and money plays a role, I wish he would have stressed more prayer (like 40 days for life) instead of money. I hope things go well for him. He is a tireless leader and I hope and pray that this is good for him and for all of us in some way.
With all due respect to Bishop Z, while he retains every right to move his priests around like chess pieces, his last move was lacking in strategy. Father P is too valuable to set aside just when the pro-life movement was to announce, “Check-mate”. Taking Knight Pavone off the board is an act of negligence, rancor, or revenge…or befuddlement. It can be no other. The sequence of events and facts place Bishop Z in a bad light. I am praying for justice and truth!
In the early hours of Holy Thursday, 2011, as Churches were preparing – and in some parts of the world already celebrating – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the feet, “Baby Joseph” was flown from St Louis, where he has been treated since I brought him there in mid-March, to his home in Windsor, Canada. As the Church prepared to celebrate the day when the Lord gave us the command to “love one another,” Baby Joseph’s parents and older brother were enjoying the fruit of the hard fight that their love inspired. They fought to help their baby breathe and bring him home. Canadian medical and government authorities had resisted, trying to impose their own value judgment on his life.
Now, however, he was home, and the Priests for Life Family, including tens of thousands of people who sent emails to the Canadian authorities, is delighted to have helped.
Our mission to save Baby Joseph and help his family was never based on any prediction of the future, but rather on the value of his life here and now. Our critics, on the other hand, looking into the crystal ball that ‘right to die’ advocates seem to always think they have, claimed our intervention was futile because Joseph would only end up having a machine do his breathing for him.
We don’t have to answer their criticism; Joseph is doing that for us, with every breath he takes. He has gained benefit from his tracheotomy, is breathing on his own, and is free from the need to use any tubes or machines.
Baby Joseph With His Parents
Doctors have not given a time estimate as to how long they think he will live. Nobody knows. What we do know is that there are several key lessons to draw from this story:
a) Doctors do not always know best. Day by day, situations turn out better than many doctors predict. The desires of the patient and the family who seek care need to be honored.
b) Families need to fight to care for their loved ones. Moe Maraachli and his wife Sana did just that. They did not let the death of a previous child bring them to despair about this one. Rather, they fought hard for Joseph to get the care that has now helped him. Their love reminded me of the love that Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings showed for her, a love willing to persevere despite the public spotlight and pressure that they never sought.
c) The meaning and value of life does not come from medical tribunals or courts, and it is not measured in years, months, or days. It is measured by giving and receiving love, first from God and then from each other.
d) When people band together for the cause of life, victories can be won. So many people sent emails, prayed, and are helping pay for Baby Joseph’s care (see BabyJosephCentral.com). We need to stay engaged in the pro-life cause, because there are many more victories to win.
Sentenced To Die By a Canadian Hospital, Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life Champion The Cause To Save Baby Joseph’s Life
The only thing Baby Josephs’ parents wanted was to have a tracheotomy and bring their baby home. A Canadian Hospital and the Canadian Courts refused and took away the parents rights to determine what is best for their child. A death order was given and a date was set to remove his breathing tube.
Priests for Life, with the help of countless others, stood firm and refused to let Baby Joseph die such a horrific death. Here is the story of how Baby Joseph went from a death sentence, to St. Louis Cardinal Glennon Hospital to home without any tubes. Well worth the time to watch and share with others.
Associated Press – The child known as Baby Joseph who is at the center of an end-of-life debate is now home.
Fifteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli left Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis before dawn Thursday and flew with his parents and 7-year-old brother back to Canada, exactly one month after receiving a tracheotomy.
The Rev. Frank Pavone of New York City-based Priests for Life, which lobbies against abortion rights and euthanasia and paid for Joseph’s transfer to St. Louis, confirms that the family is back in their home in Ontario.
Baby Joseph suffers from the progressive neurological disease Leigh Syndrome. Doctors in Canada had refused to perform the tracheotomy, saying it was futile, and an Ontario court decided doctors could remove the child’s breathing tube.
His family sought help from American hospitals, and Cardinal Glennon agreed to treat Joseph.
There is something special about Baby Joseph!
May God Bless All Those Dedicated To Saving Baby Joseph’s Life.
Priests For Life – STATEN ISLAND, March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Under cover of darkness, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, arrived in Ontario, Canada, Sunday night to rescue Baby Joseph Maraachli from the London Health Sciences Centre. For two weeks, doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario, have been delaying the baby’s transfer to a hospital where efforts to save his life will not be officially labeled “futile.”
“I knew, after this dragged on day after day, that I needed to be here myself to get Baby Joseph to safety,” said Father Pavone. “He needs to be in a hospital that cherishes life over the bottom line. After around-the-clock negotiations, this really became a race against time.” Father Pavone was accompanied by Priests for Life staff, who were there to assure the transfer proceeded smoothly.
Baby Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were flown with Father Pavone to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., on a specially equipped air ambulance provided by Michigan-based Kalitta Charters, and sponsored and paid for by the New York City-based Priests for Life.
“If there is a chance this boy can live, we have to explore every option,” said Father Pavone, who was to arrive back home in New York earlier today after weekend speaking engagements in Cleveland. Instead, he flew to Detroit and then on to Canada, vowing not to leave the country until he had Baby Joseph and his father with him.
“Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible,” Father Pavone said of the nighttime rescue mission. “Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin.”
Father Pavone said Baby Joseph’s transfer was accomplished through the efforts of a number of people, including his parents; family spokesman Sam Sansalone; family attorney Claudio Martini; Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dr. Martin McCaffrey, a neonatologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Medical School; the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., and attorney CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law and Justice, also in D.C. Father Frank also thanked the many other Canadian pro-life groups and individuals who have been consistent and heroic in their advocacy for Baby Joseph and for all the vulnerable.
“We are united across national boundaries to continue to work together for a Culture of Life,” Father Pavone said.
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center opened in 1956 and was named in memory of Cardinal John Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis from 1903 until his death in 1946. The hospital was a fulfillment of Cardinal Glennon’s vision of a health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care. The hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, which is run by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The system has 19 acute-care hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
We have everything we need to bring Baby Joseph to the U.S. for the health care he needs.
We’ve done everything the Canadians have asked us to do — now it’s up to them to do their part and let Baby Joseph go.
No doubt you’ve been following the rollercoaster drama that has been unfolding in Canada regarding the fate of little Baby Joseph. Neither we nor anyone else knows how long he has to live, but that’s God’s decision. Meanwhile, we are joining his family in trying to get him reasonable care that will extend his life – care that has so far been denied by the hospital he is in.
Believe it or not, this last Friday we were prepared to pick up Baby Joseph from the Canadian hospital and transport him to a hospital in the U.S. that has agreed to take him in and give him the care he needs.
However, we have been stonewalled through all kinds of delay tactics — the list of which is so long it would take another page to describe them to you.
It was infuriating!
For instance, we have an air medical transport team — one of the top teams in the country — waiting on standby for the “go ahead” that has not yet come. In other words, Baby Joseph could be in that U.S. hospital right now receiving the care he needs. Instead he is still languishing in the Canadian hospital.
The medical board overseeing his case is apparently convinced that giving proper care to Baby Joseph is futile. They don’t mean that the medical care won’t help him. They mean his life in its current condition isn’t worth the trouble.
This of course is an outrage, and must be stopped.
We at Priests For Life have been at the forefront of this battle for the last several weeks, once we discovered how critical this situation was for Baby Joseph and his parents. We have already made a firm commitment to fight for Baby Joseph — whatever the cost. And let me tell you, the costs will be significant.
For example, the air medical team and their specially-equipped airplane costs thousands of dollars an hour. That’s because they’re capable of the highest level of critical care, and they can handle anything. Furthermore, once we get Baby Joseph to the U.S. hospital, we’ve been told that it could cost as much as $150,000 for his stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
So here’s what happens next …
Monday morning, there’s going to be a “conference call” between the lawyers, doctors, and administrators involved in this case to ensure that Baby Joseph can be released immediately. Once he is, our team springs into action.
What I need you to do right now is to contact by email a certain Dr. Douglas Fraser, who is the attending physician for Baby Joseph at the Canadian hospital. It is our understanding that he has the ultimate authority to permit the release of Baby Joseph or to deny it. In other words, the fate of Baby Joseph is in Dr. Fraser’s hands.
We all must urge Dr. Fraser to do the right thing and allow Baby Joseph to get the care he can receive in the U.S. hospital which we’ve already lined up and is ready to go.
Therefore, click here now to send your email to Dr. Fraser so that he sees it first thing Monday morning. Also, I implore you forward this Alert to everyone on your email list — because we need to get the word out in order to have maximum effectiveness.
I am personally “on call” right now to hop on an airplane and go to Canada when Baby Joseph is released so that I can be with him on the medical jet as it flies to the United States. I will be joining Baby Joseph’s parents in order to give them spiritual strength during this undoubtedly difficult time in their lives.
Please say a prayer for Baby Joseph, his parents, the air medical team, and everyone else involved in this historic case. Pray that the Canadian authorities do the right thing AND RELEASE BABY JOSEPH NOW!
Thank you for your time, your charity, and your love for the defenseless children among us — born and unborn.
Fr. Frank Pavone
P.S. The email that you’ll send to Dr. Fraser will also go to Mr. Peter Johnson, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Canadian hospital where Baby Joseph lies in wait for us to help him. Mr. Johnson oversees that particular hospital, and therefore he can have a strong influence on Dr. Fraser’s decision. Please see the email for more details.
Email subscribers: Please note that there are email action links in this post which take you to Fr. Frank Pavone’s Alert Page. In order for you to take action, you need to open your web browser to take action. Thank you and God bless you!
By Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests For Life) – As I’m sure you know, the now-famous case of Baby Joseph in Canada is becoming critical. He could die in the next couple of weeks if his breathing tube is removed as the hospital and the government intend.
Baby Joseph is only 13 months old and often has difficulty breathing on his own. He needs a procedure called a tracheostomy in order to go home and live under his parents’ care. However, the Canadian health care system is refusing to let the family take care of their son — even though hospitals in the United States have privately said that they would take Joseph in and give him the tracheostomy he needs to survive. U.S. doctors and hospitals who are now familiar with the case are appalled that Baby Joseph hadn’t received the tracheostomy 3 or 4 months ago rather than make the baby suffer all this time.
Baby Joseph’s parents are pleading with the world for a hospital with the courage to step forward and accept their son for evaluation and treatment. Priests For Life has even agreed to supply medical air transport to and from the facilities. We will support the cost of the hospitalization and after-care including nursing. Home ventilators have also been donated to maintain Baby Joseph if needed.
There are U.S. physicians in Michigan willing to oversee Baby Joseph’s outpatient care and assist in weaning him off the home ventilator should it be necessary.
We have yet to find one facility that said it would not perform the tracheostomy on Baby Joseph.
The real problem is that health care providers in the U.S. need Baby Joseph’s medical records — but the Canadian authorities are refusing to release them.
Therefore, I need your help to continue to contact the Canadian authorities so that a proper and humane solution to this problem can be found. We have recently discovered that Canadian law requires the hospital to release these records to Baby Joseph’s parents upon request. And to date, they have refused.
This is what is preventing hospitals in the United States from being able to accept Baby Joseph. We need those medical records! And we need them now!
Therefore, I urge you to click here and send an email to the Canadian officials who oversee the London, Ontario hospital requesting that the medical records be released immediately.
We are continuing our search for a hospital in the United States to take Baby Joseph, and they won’t do that without the records.
So please send an email to the Canadian authorities — and at the same time say a strong prayer for Baby Joseph and his parents. Time is running out, so please act now.
Again all you need to do is click on this link and action can be taken in this life-or-death case.
And while you’re on your computer, please forward this urgent email to everyone you know, and we may have a strong chance of saving Baby Joseph from a cruel death.
Fr. Frank Pavone
P.S. There are currently many false reports and rumors in the media that Baby Joseph is in a persistent vegetative state. He’s not. He’s only 13 months old, and simply isn’t getting the care he needs. Any baby would suffer if not given proper care. So please don’t listen to the same kind of lies and distortions that caused Terri Schiavo’s untimely death.
This is why it so important that the medical records are released so the truth can come out.
Voters Should Know The Platform Of the Party In-Regards To Moral Issues Before Casting Their Vote
Father Frank Pavone-When deciding on the candidate for whom you cast your vote in an election, a number of moral principles have to be considered. As I have often written in the past, the position of the candidate him/herself on the most important issues is of key importance, because by putting that person in a position to vote on legislation, you help to move public policy either closer or farther away from the moral law.
But that very consideration also means that the positions of the party to which the candidate belongs also matter. By putting that candidate in office, you also help to put his/her party into power. This has to be taken into consideration, too. Voters need to ask how much the election of a particular candidate will shift the balance of power between the parties, and what will happen when a particular party takes control. Voters should know the platform of the party and the official positions of party leadership on the same moral issues on which the individual candidate is evaluated.
At times, in all parties, the individual candidate will take a different position than his/her party on fundamental moral issues. Yet if the election of that candidate would shift control to his/her party, which holds the opposite position on those issues, a vote for that candidate, in effect, works against the position the voter may be trying to advance.
In short, the party matters.
To illustrate why the party matters, let’s look at what happens in the United States Senate.
The Majority party in the Senate chooses the Majority Leader. The Majority Leader has control of the Senate schedule and agenda. This includes the ability to select the timing for floor proceedings, that is, debates, consideration of amendments, and voting, both for legislation and nominations.
The Majority Party has a majority on all committees (except the Ethics Committee), usually in close proportion to its share of the body as a whole. The Majority Party on every committee also controls a majority of the staff on the committee.
The Majority in each committee recommends to their caucus a Committee Chairman. Typically, their selection is rubber stamped by the Majority Party in the Senate. The chairmen, in turn, set the agenda of their respective committees. This is an extremely powerful post. For example, chairmen sometimes refuse to schedule hearings on nominees and legislation, and this effectively kills them. In other words, the best candidate in either party could introduce the best legislation imaginable, and it would never come out of committee. The party matters.
Considerations about what party would be in power as a result of the outcome of a particular election become especially relevant when the opposing candidates take the same position on issues of key importance.
Reflections like these are not an endorsement of a party; rather, they are an aspect of the duty that we as clergy have to articulate the moral dimensions of voting. If they benefit one party over another, that’s not by our choice, but by the choice of the party to take the positions it takes