Archive for May, 2018

Fr. Pavone on Irish Referendum: Ireland Has Introduced “The Tyrant State”

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 26, 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today:

“The referendum in Ireland yesterday took away protection from children in the womb. Those who voted to remove that protection, which was given by the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, have made a grave mistake.

“The referendum itself, of course, is morally illicit. No referendum can remove fundamental rights. We cannot vote as a society to approve slavery, terrorism, or child abuse. Neither does any vote on abortion make it permissible. A nation may fail to recognize the child’s rights, but it cannot remove them.

“The tears of joy that some pro-abortion fanatics have today are a foreshadowing of the tears of grief that will flood the Irish cities and countryside as mothers abort their children. They will find, as we have found in America, that abortion solves no problems, but only creates new ones. Hear for yourselves the voices of these moms, dads and families of our Silent No More Campaign at AbortionTestimonies.com.

“The words of St. John Paul II should echo today across Ireland and the world. Writing in Evangelium Vitae (n. 20) about what happens when a state legalizes abortion, he declared,

“The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenceless members, from the unborn child to the elderly, in the name of a public interest which is really nothing but the interest of one part. The appearance of the strictest respect for legality is maintained, at least when the laws permitting abortion and euthanasia are the result of a ballot in accordance with what are generally seen as the rules of democracy. Really, what we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality; the democratic ideal, which is only truly such when it acknowledges and safeguards the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its very foundations: “How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practiced: some individuals are held to be deserving of defense and others are denied that dignity?” 16 When this happens, the process leading to the breakdown of a genuinely human co-existence and the disintegration of the State itself has already begun. To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.”

“Because this is the case, legislators in Ireland should refuse to pass any measure permitting child-killing, and pro-life citizens should continue to rise up to resist such legislative action and continue to educate their fellow citizens that abortion is nothing other than violence. Priests for Life will continue to assist the pro-life movement in Ireland and worldwide to end this holocaust and to heal the wounded.”

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.

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Memorial Day Dreams of Reconciliation and Redemption

Friday, May 25th, 2018

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On Monday we will celebrate Memorial Day thanking God for our active members of our military and our veterans and their families. As one who has had active members of the military in my own family, I know the personal care and the prayers that always go forth for our soldiers.

Recently I shared a blog about the G.I. Bill of 1944. In that light, much has been revealed regarding racial discrimination in our country with the enduring hope that we will continue to come together in faith, hope and love praying for this nation. Although many Americans were helped by the G.I. Bill, much of that help was afforded to Caucasian Americans at the expense of many African Americans who are still losing out on benefits today due to racial discrimination.

Today, we are at a crossroad in our nation as President Trump leads the battle to make America great again. Our prayers remain with our President and his administration.

Moving forward, Juneteenth is coming up in just a few weeks. This US holiday commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, as well as the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. In celebration of Juneteenth at Civil Rights for the Unborn we are continuing to cry out for justice and the sanctity of life for all Americans, born and unborn. Towards that goal, we ask you to join the movement by signing on to an open letter to Congressional members encouraging them to support The Prison Reform and Redemption Act (H.R. 3356). Also, please support the anti-abortion provisions to the Title X act.

Furthermore, this summer we’ll be reaching out to Starbucks, Waffle House and other organizations that are having challenges with the racial issues that are trying to tear up our country. The winds of racial reconciliation are blowing across the world as is evidenced by the new Royal Wedding. We believe that as One Race/One Blood (Acts 17:26) we can learn to live together as brothers and sisters and not perish together as fools. Please join us in the battle for the born and unborn; for justice for ALL.

President Donald Trump has been a stalwart defender of justice as evidenced by his stance for the sanctity of life and staunch support of racial reconciliation as evidenced by his signing of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park Act and, most recently, granting a posthumous pardon of the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World, John Arthur “Jack’ Johnson.

Finally, as we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend let’s not forget that as our military fights for our freedom we at home must fight for the freedom of our unborn brothers and sisters struggling to escape and survive abortion.

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We’re Not Color Blind: Dismantling the Generational Lies Behind Racism

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

180523 blog imageTrump is a racist? Kanye is a coon? We need to be color blind? The races need to unite? Sound familiar? Currently the racial tension among the human family is at fever pitch. Here at home in the USA tempers are flaring, emotions are boiling over the “skin color war.” Can we take a timeout please?

Acts 17:26 clearly teaches us that we are One Blood/One Human Race. Yet, for thousands of years, skin color wars, religious disputes and class and caste disputes have divided the human family. For the purpose of this article, let’s address only the skin color factor which breeds the lie of separate races and racism.

In the realm of sociology color blindness is a concept based upon ignoring or pretending not to see the color of a person’s skin. Color blindness is a premise describing a desired ideal of a society where racial classifications do not exist to limit a person’s opportunities. In seeking such race-neutral policies proponents seek to promote the goal of racial equality. This ideal was promulgated to Frederick Douglass in the 19th century, and to supporters of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement as well as in international anti-racist movements of the 1950s and 1960s.

The challenge to these efforts is that while well meaning, abolition minded citizens were genuinely seeking to bring unity and equality to all people, there were those who were seeking to actively and aggressively continue the racial and social inequities that would provide superiority to various people groups; communities divided by skin color and other socioeconomic factors.

The goal of 1960s civil-rights legislation in the United States was to replace racial discrimination with a race-neutral standard. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s central hope was that people would someday be judged by “the content of their character” rather than “the color of their skin.” This dream has never truly been realized because the skin color issues keep getting in the way.

Interesting Dot Connecting Facts:

● There is only one human race; as human beings, our “race” is defined by our red blood and not our skin color.
● We should be judged [not identified] by the “content of our character” rather than our visual, easily discerned physical characteristics such as the color of our skin which we can see with our natural eyes.
● Color blind is a medical, soulish or spiritual condition requiring healing. Jesus gives sight to the blind.
● There is no such thing as “interracial marriage” or bi-racial sexual connections between humans.
● Upon conception or fertilization, the baby created from the sexual union is a human being because the parents are human beings.
● The 1st “known” Black Queen of England was born on May 19, 1744. She became Queen Sophie Charlotte, wife of King George III; and bore the king 15 children. Queen Sophie was of African descent; allegedly directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family [Alfonso III and his concubine, Ouruana, a black Moor].
● Queen Charlotte reigned for 60 years. In many historic portraits, her features were white-washed with paint to conceal her African ancestry. This practice [akin to disfiguring images such as the Sphinx and Roman coinage] became common by the 19th century for many other portraits of famous black people throughout Europe and Asia.
● Queen Sophie Charlotte’s birth day May 19th not so coincidentally coincides with the date Duke Harry, Duchess Meghan and the Royal Family – May 19, 2018 – chose as the wedding date for another black woman to be married into the Royal Family.
● Royals Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex have succeeded the only previous Duke of Sussex: Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III and uncle of Queen Victoria, who was given the title in 1801. He was a supporter of the abolition of the slave trade and expressed disregard for the legal restrictions placed on Jews.
● In the United States, practices such as redlining, discriminatory lending practices and color selective benefits are all part of a form of generational racism that receives a blind eye. For example, Veterans Day celebrates the GI Bill legislation that helped millions of returning veterans go to college and buy homes in the great postwar suburban land rush. Unfortunately, America often turns a blind eye to the seamy side of this story — which is how a largely disproportionate number African-American veterans – because of their skin color-were intentionally denied many of the benefits of the GI Bill. Practices such as these laid the foundation for what is known as “white privilege” in America today; where Blacks are still subjected to racist conditions in the justice, education, health and economic systems.
● The use of census data, social security numbers and zip codes are still used today to selectively control predatory lending practices, with people being judged by the color of their skin rather than the contents of their bank accounts. (See: African Americans and the G.I. Bill, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, and White Privilege.)
● Color blindness is a passive form of racism. If you can’t see color, you can also ignore the racist effects that are often amplified by active racists.
● See skin color, embrace skin color. As human beings, we are all created in living color.

New book coming soon: WE’RE NOT COLOR BLIND by ALVEDA KING and GINGER HOWARD

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Let’s Celebrate Motherhood Without the Politics This Year

Friday, May 11th, 2018

180511 blog imageFor some, the call to Motherhood is biological; adoption beckons others; and beyond these important roles, God calls some to be “spiritual” moms. It is my prayer that we as human beings will set aside all political platforms this season, and just give thanks to God for the gift of mothers.

While it’s true that every woman isn’t a mother, it can be understood that every mother is a woman. Furthermore, everyone who has been born, past, and present; all of us, male and female, were birthed by a mother.

“When Jesus therefore saw his [biological] mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, Jesus said unto his [supernatural birth] mother, ‘Woman, behold thy son!’ Then Jesus said to the disciple, ‘Behold thy mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19:26-27

We can see from this passage that the role of mother opens doors to many possibilities.

This year on Mothers’ Day, women who are also mothers will be celebrated around the world. As mothers, we walk different spiritual paths. We are enjoying different seasons of life. What brings us together in celebration is this divine bond called Motherhood. Of all the women’s rights given to us by God, being a mother is the most magnificent. Parenting has been said to be the great equalizer connecting us beyond race, religion, social status and income level. What joins us together now and forever is that we are all in the same human tribe: Born of One Blood. (Acts 17:26)

“Adam named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all human beings.” Genesis 3:20 (GNT)

“Children are a gift from God.” Psalm 127:3

“Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28

Of course, everyone living is special in God’s eyes; yet on this special day we honor our mothers; past, present and future.

The awesome power within the bodies and hearts of women to bring children into this world and nurture them by birth or adoption is miraculously within humanity to acknowledge and celebrate. The career of Motherhood has a never-ending salary valued at: “Priceless”. Of all the women’s rights given to us by God, being a mother is the most magnificent. Let us thank God as we “Celebrate Motherhood.”

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Priests for Life and Silent No More to be represented at March for Life in Canada and Rome

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 8, 2018

Contact: Leslie Palma
732-757-9087

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life), will have a key role at the March for Life Canada on May 10 and the March for Life Rome on May 19.

“It’s such an honor to be asked to speak during the rallies at both marches,” Mrs. Morana said. “In Rome, I’ll be giving my speech in Italian!”

The march in Ottawa, Canada, is the 21st annual event organized by the Campaign Life Coalition. Abortion has been legal since 1969 in Canada and is funded by the country’s socialized health-care system.

Mrs. Morana will be joined by Angela Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in Canada, and 11 women and men who will share their testimonies of abortion regret.

At the March for Life in Rome, the crowds have continued to grow over the eight years it has taken place. In 1978, Italy legalized abortion through the first 90 days of pregnancy, or later in cases of life-endangering circumstances for the mother or child.

In her speech, Mrs. Morana will highlight the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, which is the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion and operates under the Priests for Life umbrella. She will call on all pro-life people to take the testimonies of those who have been healed and have become “silent no more,” and spread them to others as a way of keeping people from abortion in the first place, and helping the wounded to find healing.

“Priests for Life has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the various pro-life efforts in Italy,” said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We have had the joy of welcoming Virginia Coda Nunziante, who heads up the March for Life in Rome, to the March for Life in D.C., and we are grateful for this opportunity for Priests for Life and our many ministries to be a part of this important international pro-life event.”

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.

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