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Farewell Ambassador, Welcome Justice

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose…
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6 KJV

In the last several days, we’ve had so many things changing that we’re having to pray hard to keep up. Certainly President Donald John Trump is moving forward with the agenda; as he is keeping his promises to make America great again. What with the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and approaching departure of UN Ambassador Nikky Haley, we can expect more transformation.

Justice Kavanaugh and his beloved family have survived a trial by fire, and he is entering into a heightened season of public service. Ambassador Haley is seeking a well-deserved break from service to humanity to attend to her family for a season. Who can blame her? Well done Madame.

We’re living in a time that when we wake up we can either ask and say: “What is happening today? Let me turn on the news.” or we can ask and say, “What’s going to happen today? Let me tune in to God.” Your outcome will be guided by your perspective. My pastor Theo McNair at Believers Bible Christian Church often teaches that we should ask God to bless our perspective.

I’m saying all this to point out that as the world is moving on around us, we should be asking ourselves, “What are we going to do in the process?”

Please check out these two audio clips (Audio One and Audio Two) of some reflections; and be encouraged as you move forward. Begin to look at your day with a new perspective. There’s a song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord, I Want to See You.” Pray with open hearts, eyes and arms.

The world is out there and we step into it all the time. What are we going to do with and about the events around us? Are we going to make the world a better place or are we just going to see problems and have problems? God uses people to make history. God uses people to accomplish divine purposes. Let’s join together, pray and actually become part of the solution.

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100% Surely Wrong: Facts Clouded By Emotions. So I Made Them Fix The Furniture

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Friends, my Executive Assistant, Eugene Vigil, has an enlightening take on the Kavanaugh situation. Life teaches us that emotional responses to real or imagined injustice and desires can have unexpected results. Sometimes, as with Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, there is malice. Other times, as with Eugene’s situation, there are mistakes. You decide! Enjoy this guest blog. Alveda

The situation with the Kavanaugh appointment has called an old memory about a furniture sale to surface for me. Meanwhile, I am praying for Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh and the whole situation they find themselves in.

I don’t know what happened because I wasn’t there. But what I do know is that there are some people who will do anything to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. They are even willing to rule out the possibility of Dr. Ford’s emotions overriding reality. They will do anything to protect their power no matter who they hurt. May God have mercy on their souls! I can say this because my own emotions once caused me to make a big mistake.

Memory is a funny thing. I know mine has gotten worse over the years. But I want to share a story of one particular time in my life. The year was in the late 1998 or early 1999. I was living in Albuquerque, NM at the time with my wife, two adopted children and a foster child.

My wife and I purchased a nice dining room table and eight upholstered chairs. It was the nicest one we had ever owned. It wasn’t too expensive because we purchased it on sale.

After we had had the set for a year or so we started having problems with the chairs. A couple of them began to come loose where the back of the chair met the back part of the seat. I called American Home Furniture store and explained the issue to them and they were very helpful. They asked me when I had purchased the dining room set and I told them that I wasn’t certain because I couldn’t find my receipt. I was able to nail it down to a two-three month time period.

They agreed to send out a repair person to fix the chairs which they did. He worked on either two or three chairs. I don’t quite remember.

A month or so later the problem returned and I called the store again. This time they wanted to look up the receipt in their system because I had purchased them on my credit account. They said they would review their records and get back to me.

A day or so later they called me back and said they couldn’t find the purchase I had made. I insisted that I had made the purchase and I always bought my furniture from them. My purchasing record testified to the accuracy of my statement. We spend a lot of money at their store over the years. I insisted that they send someone out to fix the chairs they sold me. Again, they agreed to do that.

Much to my dismay in a short time the chairs started wobbling again. That was it. I was going to ask them to replace the whole set.

I called and spoke to the manager of the store and we went over the situation of no receipt and his search that didn’t turn up a purchase in their system or on my account. Again I was insistent and I wanted him to resolve the problem. It took some convincing over about a half hour conversation to get him to agree to take the table and chairs back so I could purchase a different set.

I don’t know what happened but just as he had agreed to my demands an epiphany occurred. Just like that I realized that we hadn’t purchased the dining room set from them but from Montgomery Ward when they were going out of business. Boy, did I feel like a fool.

I explained to the manager what had just occurred and apologized and offered to pay them for sending out a repairman twice. The manager was very graceful and said that he appreciated my honesty and said that I didn’t need to pay them.

I could have just kept my mouth shut and I could have had a new dining room set. But that would have been dishonest. It wasn’t easy admitting to the manager that I had made a mistake not once but over several months. I was 100% sure that I had purchased the dining room set from their store. But I had made a huge mistake.

Like I said at the beginning, memory is a funny thing.

I thought about this incident as I was watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing when he and Dr. Ford were testifying. So much was made of Dr. Ford being 100% sure that it was Judge Kavanaugh that assaulted her. But I know from personal experience that someone can be 100% sure of something and still be mistaken.

I didn’t set out to defraud American Home Furniture. I was 100% sure I purchased the table and chairs from them. But at the end I did the right thing and told the manager that I had made a mistake.

Thanks Eugene

Let’s pray that the same grace that helped Eugene will help shed light on the issue of SCOTUS now. The lives of the innocent babies are hanging in the balance.

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They Want to Lynch Judge Kavanaugh!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Congressional Opponents and some of their allies in the media have adopted an unprecedented standard of guilty until proven innocent to use thin and unsubstantiated claims to smear Judge Kavanaugh who POTUS has nominated for our next Supreme Court Justice.

With blatant disregard for the health of America, women and children in particular, the anti-life contingent continues to peddle violence under the guise of a false narrative for justice by “resisting” the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to SCOTUS.

Here’s a message from my beloved, now deceased pastor of 30 years. Pastor Allen McNair: Don’t Vote for Sin.

In addition, Rev. Bill Owens, Founder of Coalition of African American Pastors writes:

“Brett Kavanaugh has served his country with integrity. He has an exemplary record going back more than three decades,” stated Rev. Owens. “Now, his reputation has been maligned and his character attacked via an unsubstantiated allegation from when he was in high school. This is absurdity.”

“There is nothing to indicate that we should take these accusations seriously. From the moment they became public, it was clear that even the Democrats did not have faith in their veracity and were only hoping to manipulate the process… The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have become an offense to decency and common sense. We, the people, have grown sick of this political posturing and partisanship. And we are unwilling to see a man’s character smeared for political gain? No! CAAP has launched a petition calling for a quick and civil confirmation vote. Join us! America must stop entertaining this obvious and manipulative smear campaign; end this circus before it does further harm to our country. It’s time to vote.”

In addition, Walter and Lori Hoye at ISSUES4LIFE tweeted:

Wait! There’s more!

THE NEW YORKER published new allegations against Judge Kavanaugh despite the fact that it and the New York Times found zero evidence or first-hand corroborations.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.

Ronan Farrow, one of the authors of an article, admitted there has been no eyewitness confirmation of Debby Ramirez’s allegations.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “But by your own admission, no eyewitness of the incident?”

RONAN FARROW: “Absolutely and we disclosed that up front and we also disclosed that she was inebriated at the time.”

Jane Mayer, one of the authors of the article, admitted that their only corroborating witness did not actually see anything happen and heard the story second-hand.

JOHN DICKERSON: “Jane, the corroborating witness which you say has all the details including Kavanaugh’s name, where did that witness come from and where did that witness get the information about this from if that person doesn’t know Ramirez?”

JANE MAYER: “He remembers it from, he was in the same dorm, same little building on Yale’s old campus, and he remembers it clearly. I asked him you know of course we’re going to be very careful–“

DICKERSON: “But did he see it?”

MAYER: “No, as I’ve said he heard it from someone who was there.”

Even the accuser’s best friend at the time said she had never heard of the allegation from her or from anyone else at school.

THE NEW YORKER: “The former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved, and who signed the statement, said of Ramirez, “This is a woman I was best friends with. We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. It never came up. I didn’t see it; I never heard of it happening.”

The accuser was originally unsure if Kavanaugh was even responsible and only came forward after talking with a lawyer recommended by Senate Democrats for six days.

THE NEW YORKER: “She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.”

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “She said at first she wasn’t sure this was Kavanagh when you first came to her last week. And then you write after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorneys she did become confident that it was him.”

As the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote, this is the terrifying new standard radical Democrats are using to force Judge Kavanaugh to prove he is innocent, without any evidence to prove he is guilty.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD: “As Ms. Hill and Sen. Hirono over, the Democratic standard for sexual-assault allegations is that they should be accepted as true merely for having been made. The accuser is assumed to be telling the truth because the accuser is a woman. The burden is on Mr. Kavanaugh to prove his innocence. If he cannot do so, then he is unfit to serve on the Court.”

Senator Lindsey Graham calls this “the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process” to be replaced with “wholesale character assassination.”

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: “What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee. It is being replaced by a game of delay, deception, and wholesale character assassination.”

WARNING!

The church must not be silent at this critical time! We must stand upon the WORD OF GOD and vote to resist evil. We must pray, then vote to support the POTUS life affirming agenda.

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Fr. Pavone calls on voters to let their senators know they expect a ‘yes’ vote on SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh

Friday, August 10th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 10, 2018

Contact: Leslie Palma
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TITUSVILLE, FL – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today reacted to news that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin Sept. 4.

“Priests for Life is delighted to learn of the date for the hearings to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. God bless President Trump and the Senate leadership for the tremendous progress so far in this process.

“We call on our fellow citizens to encourage their senators to vote yes on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and to thank Senators Grassley and McConnell for their leadership on this matter.

“We also urge believers to join in the prayer campaign for this intention. See action alerts and prayer campaigns at www.SupremeCourtVictory.com.”

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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Tide Turns in Crosshairs of Kavanaugh, Media and Roe V Wade Movie

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Kudos to Jason L. Riley, a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, for his tide turning telling of the truth about the way abortion is decimating the black community, and for pointing out the hypocrisy of those who will not admit that black unborn lives matter too. Our film Roe V. Wade, of which I’m an Executive Producer, also highlights the truth about the hypocrisy behind the shroud that has hidden the misleading circumstances that have kept women and babies in bondage to the horrors of abortion for far too long.

Talk about perfect timing. America is in the crosshairs of a perfect opportunity to correct a grievous injustice. President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, our film, and the crack in the silence about the truth about abortion from the media can’t all be coincidence.

Roe V Wade which is currently in production reveals how a poor, uneducated woman was used as a pawn by abortion advocates determined to have the procedure legalized throughout the nation. At Civil Rights for the Unborn, which I direct for Priests for Life, we work very hard to educate communities around America and across the globe about the genocide of African-Americans led by the abortion cartel and Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist who wanted to wipe out blacks, and 100 years later, Margaret Sanger’s legacy continues. Abortion not only kills our children; too often, their mothers are dying as well. Many of the women who have died after botched abortions in recent years have been women of color: Cree Erwin; Tonya Reaves; Diamond Renee Williams; Jamie Lee Morales; Lakisha Wilson, and Maria Santiago, just to name a few. Did their lives matter?

I’m post-abortive myself and I can tell you, there is nothing about abortion that resembles health care. Planned Parenthood told me the abortion would hurt about as much as having a tooth pulled, which was untrue. What they didn’t tell me was that the pain would last forever.

Our nation needs to face the truth about abortion. We need more people in mainstream media to tell the truth as Mr. Riley did. We need a breath of fresh air in our Supreme Court. We need to bring the Roe V Wade film to the screen. We ask for your prayers and support as we work to complete this important and honest film.

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Fr. Pavone Says Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is “Exhibit A” in Showing Why Social Conservatives Need to Vote

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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April 7, 2017

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today hailed the Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation is Exhibit A for the argument that advocates for life and religious liberty need to vote,” said Fr. Pavone. “Without the active participation of social conservatives in last year’s elections, today we would be looking at a Supreme Court dominated by extreme pro-abortion justices. Instead, there’s great hope for the future.”

The Senate has confirmed federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over a year ago. It’s expected that Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in over the weekend and take his seat on the Supreme Court in time to join his new colleagues in deciding which cases the court will hear in the near future.

“Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch, who this weekend will become Justice Gorsuch,” said Fr. Pavone. “His confirmation is a victory for constitutional rule, for life, for religious liberty, and for all of us who hold them dear.

“And it is just the first step in moving all the courts away from the judicial activism that has mangled the bodies of unborn children, the fabric of our morals, and the rule of law. This confirmation should motivate us to work hard for pro-life candidates in the midterms, and to expand the pro-life majorities in the House and Senate.”

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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Following Committee Vote, Fr. Pavone Urges Senate to Approve Judge Gorsuch This Week

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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Date: April 3, 2017

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to recommend Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“With the Committee’s vote, Senate Democrats face a dilemma of their own making,” said Fr. Pavone. “Do they do the right thing and vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court or do they force Speaker McConnell to invoke the Reid Rule, thereby reducing the votes required for a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to 51? Either way, Judge Gorsuch should be sitting on the Supreme Court next Monday morning.”

With the Judiciary Committee’s vote, Judge Gorsuch’s nomination now goes to the Senate floor. Minority Leader Charles Schumer has stated his intention to filibuster the nomination. Speaker Mitch McConnell has indicated, however, that he may use the Reid Rule to approve Judge Gorsuch this week. The Reid Rule, named after former Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, allows federal lower court judges and executive branch appointees to be confirmed by a majority vote. The Senate could vote this week to extend the rule to Supreme Court nominees.

“There’s no doubt that Judge Gorsuch is qualified,” added Fr. Pavone, “and there’s no doubt that were the roles reversed, Democrats would change the Senate rules to approve their activist liberal Supreme Court nominees by a majority vote. With the Supreme Court and our rights at stake for decades to come, the Senate must act decisively to approve Judge Gorsuch this week.”

Priests for Life has called people to action on this nomination through our regular action alert at www.StopAbortionNow.org, and through the appearance this week of our full-time priest associate, Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, on the Eternal Word Television Network.

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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Father Pavone: Americans voted for Donald Trump to Make Supreme Court Choice; Senate Should Confirm

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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Date: March 20, 2017

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New York – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on the U.S. Senate to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

“The last election was, more than any other single issue, about the Supreme Court,” said Fr. Pavone. “The American people voted to have Donald Trump select the next justice and he has made an excellent choice. Today should begin a swift confirmation process for Judge Neil Gorsuch, whom everyone agrees is eminently qualified.”

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin today on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. He is expected to make an opening statement today, followed by questioning from the Senate panel this week. The Administration hopes to have Judge Gorsuch confirmed by early April so that he can hear the remaining oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s current term.

“Judge Gorsuch will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court, which desperately needs his sound judgment and vast experience,” added Fr. Pavone. “The Senate should act quickly to approve him.”

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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Priests for Life Asks Court to Wait Until After Inauguration for Action on #HHSMandate Case

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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December 1, 2016

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Priests for Life, one of the first of scores of organizations and ministries to launch a federal challenge against the HHS Mandate, announced today that status reports were filed yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Both the government and the plaintiffs urged the court to delay any further action on the case for another ninety days, that is, until well after the Trump Administration has come into power.

Priests for Life, together with the Archdiocese of Washington and several other petitioners, have a consolidated case which the US Supreme Court considered in its last term and then sent back to the Court of Appeals, along with five other cases being considered by three other appellate courts. A total of 37 petitioners were heard by the Supreme Court in these cases.

“As far as the courts are concerned, this case is still not resolved. We have been doing what the Supreme Court asked, that is, engaging in conversations with the government regarding how this mandate needs to be changed to protect our religious freedom. The government also asked the public to weigh in with comments on the matter.

“But now, with the recent electoral victories for the pro-life side, we are confident that the Trump Administration will resolve this case by doing away with the HHS mandate, so that no citizen ever feels forced between following the law and following his/her faith,” Fr. Pavone explained.

In its status report, the government stated, “The Departments are evaluating the information submitted to determine whether changes to the current accommodation regulations should be made and, if so, to inform the nature of those changes.”

Meanwhile, the status update on behalf of Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese stated, “Plaintiffs-Appellants remain hopeful that the Government will modify its regulations in a way that will accommodate Plaintiffs-Appellants’ religious objections, thus resolving the case without further litigation.”

Fr. Pavone added, “The government has often told us that it does not understand our religious objections, despite the thorough explanations we have given them. But in the end, I have told them that their duty is not to understand our beliefs but rather to protect them.”

We commend to the prayers of all believers the swift resolution of this HHS mandate controversy and the full protection of everyone’s religious freedom. See prayers for this intention at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

To read the status updates and other information about the case, please see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

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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Fr. Frank Pavone on Debate: Composition of the Supreme Court will determine direction of the country for next generation

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Date: October 9, 2016

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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement following the second presidential debate Sunday night.

“One candidate, Hillary Clinton, said in the second presidential debate that she would appoint a justice to the Supreme Court who would uphold Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion on demand legally permissible. One candidate, Donald Trump, said he would appoint a justice with views similar to those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who said that there was nothing in the Constitution to justify Roe. The difference in the candidates’ answers couldn’t be clearer or more important.

“To say that this election presents stark contrasts in the two candidates is an understatement. I applaud audience member Beth Miller,who asked the Supreme Court question because it really was the supreme moment of the night. Whoever controls the composition of the Supreme Court in the next four years will, in an untold number of ways, control the direction of the country for the next generation.”

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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