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Fr. Frank Pavone: Dedicated to the Gospel of Life

Posted by Joe Scheidler (September 14, 2011 at 9:58 am)

Fr. Frank PavoneI was dismayed to read the letter released by Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, advising his fellow bishops that he is calling Fr. Frank Pavone back to the diocese, effectively stopping his work as head of Priests for Life.

I have known Fr. Frank personally since he was appointed by Cardinal John O’Connor as director of Priests for Life 20 years ago. I have frequently appeared with Fr. Frank at pro-life conferences and have participated in myriad projects with him. I can honestly say that I have never met a more dedicated, passionate and hard-working pro-lifer, priest or layman.

I know for a fact that Fr. Pavone never charges a dime for a speaking engagement. He travels wherever he is invited and pours himself into his mission to motivate Catholics and faithful Christians to join the fight against abortion, to reach out in compassion to troubled and desperate pregnant mothers and to lead post-abortive women and men to healing in Jesus Christ.

I have heard Fr. Pavone speak dozens of times. Each presentation is unique, thoughtful and rooted in the Gospel. I have spent time with Father in between workshops, driving to airports and even on a morning fishing expedition on Lake Michigan. I can testify to the fact that Fr. Frank Pavone does not relax. He works full time. Not eight hours a day, but more like eighteen hours a day. He desperately wants to spread the Gospel of Life, to make people understand the urgency of the mission to restore the sanctity of life.

As a lifelong Catholic, I have tremendous respect for the hierarchy of the Church. But I am very sorry that the bishop, himself a strong advocate for life, has taken the tone and the action that he has. I have no doubt that a review of Fr. Pavone’s oversight of Priests for Life will reveal that all donations to the organization are spent prudently and with due stewardship in keeping with the mission of protecting the weakest of our brothers and sisters.

I offer my prayers and support to Fr. Frank and pray that this controversy with Bishop Zurek will be swiftly and amicably resolved.


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3 Responses to “Fr. Frank Pavone: Dedicated to the Gospel of Life”

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  1. Marianna Trzeciak, Esq. says:

    When Bishop Zurek attacks Fr. Pavone the Bishop attacks all of us pro-lifers. Let the USCCB know that we’re watching how each and every bishop responds to Zurek’s libel of Fr. Pavone.

    Please, please include my name,
    Marianna Trzeciak, Esq. of Texas

    September 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
  2. Cheryl Thomson says:

    Fr. Pavone story is so obvious that we are all missing it. Politics. No, not Church Politics, National Politics. In 2008, Fr. Pavone was outspokenly anti-Obama. In 2010, Fr. Pavone paticipated in the protest against Obama speaking at Notre Dame University. The Presidential election is next year. Right now, Obama’s poll numbers keep sinking. Obama needs every vote he can get to get re-elected. So how does this look to Obama and his people? Fr. Pavone needs to be taken out. This is National Politics, Chicago-Style. Where does Bishop Zurek come in? According to Huffington Post columnist Father Alberto Cutie (Episcopalian), Sept. 19: “His bishop in Amarillo is certainly much more progressive than he is, so there could be some ideological clashes there…” Okay, do these “ideological clashes” translate into the Bishop’s Democratic associations? Those associations include a relationship with former Mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza. Garza appointed Bishop Zurek to serve on his Committee on Integrity and Trust in Local Government for the city of San Antonio. Ed Garza, sharing the Democratic leanings of other Hispanics in Texas, endorsed Obama in 2008, saying: “Senator Obama’s unique ability to bring people together and bridge partisan divides make him the best candidate to bring change we can believe in.” I don’t want to suggest that Bishop Zurek himself is being a party to a ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against Fr. Frank Pavone, but the possibility exists that circumstances around the Bishop have been manipulated, with an agenda in mind.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:30 am
  3. dua xe says:

    Great blog! nice posts!

    August 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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