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NEW YORK (RNS) A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis. Confined to a convent in Texas, the longtime anti-abortion activist was fighting accusations of financial mismanagement. Now Pavone is back with a new mission: defeating Barack Obama and making Priests for Life answerable only to Rome. By David Gibson.

25 Comments

  1. Karin Coniker

    I praise the living God that Fr. Frank is back in action again against abortion. He is truly a sign of great courage to me in a blind and deaf world that wants to continue to kill babies. I have seven wonderful grandchildren and one of the way. They are gifts and a reminder to me always of Gods most precious creation. May God continue to Bless Fr. Frank in his mission to save our most precious babies, and May Abba our loving father forgive a world that has destroyed so many precious lives. My prayers continue every day to end abortion and I welcome the rally’s against them and join when I can to help in this fight. God Bless Fr. Frank Karin

  2. We need Father Pavone to be active in the Priests for Life office if we are going to be able to win this election for the unborn. We are so happy that he is going to be back in his office and have been praying for that to happen. God has blessed Father Pavone with the courage and energy to help us save the babies. Thank God!

  3. 25 million WOMEN KILLED since Row V Wade.

    If you consider that “against women” you are blind and unable to see.

  4. How is defending innocent human life against intentional killing, against women?
    This administration wants to eliminate any rational restrictions against abortion at any age, for any reason, including abortions up to the time of birth, and sex selection abortions which usually target little girls. Tell me how that is against women? Read some of the testimonies from women (and men) as to how abortion wrecked their lives by searching for the “Silent No More” campaign. Look at the facts, look at the truth. Don’t believe the brain washing propaganda of those whose main agenda is population control through abortion, sterilization of women, etc. and about making money from women facing difficult decisions when having an unplanned pregnancy. You will find pro-lfe people voluntarily staffing pregnancy centers to help & support women in making a decision which is consistent with the noblest inclinations of what it means to be a human, a woman and a mother. Their services and love are offered for free. Whereas at those clinics run by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations, they will direct you and then charge you to do what is most contrary to your nature, to kill your own child. Which side is pro-woman, the one that persuades you to do what is most contrary to your nature as a human, as a woman, and as a mother? Or the one which encourages you to do the right thing, which is in harmony with your nature as a compassionate, loving human being, woman and mother?

  5. OBAMA CARE BELONGS TO HELL. I AM A PRO-LIFE PHYSICIAN. I HAVE RESEARCHED THE HEALTHCARE FROM 1945 TO DATE CONGRESSIONAL RECORDS. I HAVE WRITTEN FOUR BOOKS ON HEALTHCARE. ” DOCTORS’ UNDER FIRE, SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR HMO PATIENTS, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MALPRACTICE CRISIS. SCALES OF JUSTICE, THE WILDERNESS OF HEALTHCARE AND SOCIETY’S MORAL CONSCIENCE. I ALL THOSE HEALTHCARE COSTS KEPT ON INCREASING. THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE COSTS IS TO KILL THE MOST DEFENSELESS OF THEM ALL THE UNBORN BABIES, THE DISABLED, THE MENTALLY ILL,, THE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE NURSING HOME AND HOSPICE. OBAMA CARE BY CONGRESS WITHOUT ANY EXAMINATION OF PREVIOUS LAWS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AMENDED.
    THE AMENDMENT OF THE HMO ACT WHICH GAVE PHYSICIANS LICENSE TO DENY CARE, MUTILATE PATIENTS AND KILL PATIENTS IN EXCHANGE FOR A BONUS. THE PRIMARY DOCTOR MAKES MORE MONEY IF HE DOES NOT DO TESTINGS OR REFER PATIENTS TO SPECIALISTS.
    THE AMENDMENT OF THE MCARAN FERGUSON ACT WHICH WAS PASSED IN 1948, WHICH PROTECTS INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM ANTITRUST LAWSUITS, SET THEIR FEES, CONTROL THE DOCTORS AND TREATMENT< WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY. MEDICARE WAS SUCCESSFUL, ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER. THE POLITICIANS WHO PASSED THIS LAW DID NOT PUT ANY SAFEGUARD: WHAT SHOULD WE DO, IF IT IS SUCCESSFUL.. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN RAIDING MEDICARE SINCE THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION AND HE ALSO GIFTED US THE HMO ACT FROM HELL. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE HMO ACT MANY UNNECESSARY DEATHS, INJURIES HAD OCCURRED CAUSING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CRISIS. OBAMA CARE IS ALSO DISCRIMINATORY TO PRO-LIFE PHYSICIANS AND ALL CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE IN THE SANCTITY OF LIFE . HE HATES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND HE IS DETERMINED TO BANKRUPT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. WHY IS HE PUSHING THE GENERIC DRUGS. MOST GENERIC DRUGS DON’T WORK. PATIENTS FEEL IT.THERE SHOULD BE TRANSPARENCY IN THE USE OF GENERIC DRUGS LABELING: COUNTRY WHERE THEY ARE MANUFACTURED: WHAT IS THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS, THE FILLERS, DATE THE GENERIC DRUGS WERE MANUFACTURED AND EXPIRATION DATE. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE TO CUT MEDICARE.

  6. We have watched all of the problems for Father Pavone and pray for his exoneration and also that he continue to have the strength to continue the fight against abortion. If you have the impression that Father Frank is not for women’s rights, you need to think again. The liberal people really don’t realize that abortion not only kills babies but sometimes the mother as well. Where is their women’s rights attitude with that!

    Thank GOD for your freedom Father Frank.

    Nick

  7. ALL THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO DO IS MANDATORY REMOVAL OF THE FOLLOWING

    INGREDIENTS IN 90% OF FOOD IINGREDIENTS: HIGH FRUCTOSE, CORN SYRUP AND SUCRALASE, ASPARTAME ETC. THESE FOOD INGREDIENTS CAUSE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, PANCREATITIS, GOUT, OBESITY AND MAKES ARTHRITIS WORSE.
    TRANSPARENCY IN THE USE OF CANCER DRUGS EXPLAINING TO PATIENTS THE SIDE EFFECTS AND ANTICIPATED LONG TERM EFFECTS ON PATIENTS HEALTH..
    WHY ARE ALL THESE POLITICIANS INCLUDING THE UNION EXEMPTED FROM THIS LAW.IN 2004, WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING IN OHIO, HE TOLD ONE ATTENDEE, THAT EVERY CITIZEN WILL HAVE THE SAME INSURANCE AS THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BECAUSE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR IT. WHY ARE TAXPAYERS PAYING FOR ABORTION ???. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PRIVATE MATTER. STOP THE FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD , INSTEAD FEED THE HUNGRY AND GIVE HOUSING TO THE DISABLED AND THE HOMELESS.
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  8. I really missed Father Pavone, and I really hope he can have mass and preach on EWTN again and again!!!! Yes, we need Father Corapi back, and now Father Groshel as well back on EWTN to be running full speed ahead!!!!!!!!!

  9. To Hallie Wolfe – see if you can watch the testimony of Dr Anthony Levation’s sworn testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee on this video. If abortions, which you love so much, are not evil nothing is. I am giving to PFL in your honor.

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/the-most-heartrending-abortion-testimony-youll-ever-hear-from-a-former-abor

    God Bless Fr Frank Pavone

  10. It really doesn’t seem like Fr. Pavone has learned anything in his “year of exile.” The financial irregularities of PFL were substantial and worrisome. His outspoken disregard for his bishop’s authority bordered on scandalous. His encouragement of supporters in his defense led to several acts and interviews of stupidity.

    One would hope that Fr Pavone would be expressing gratitude to the bishop and the rest of the PFL team for the year, for their intentions and hard work. Instead, he is crowing about being too big to be under authority. We know which way this goes when priests believe they are too important for canonical structure.

    I am more worried about PFL than I was a year ago.

  11. Oct. 17th: Although I truly appreciate all the good work Fr. Pavone has done, I am – I don’t know how to explain this…I’m just not sure anymore. First of all, Fr. Pavone’s fans inundated the property of his Bishop demanding over and over and over that the Bishop “free” Fr. Pavone and Fr. Pavone did not speak out against this. Then, while Fr. Pavone was “unfree”, he sent out massive – massive – amounts of e-mails demanding money, large sums of money, as large an amount as possible, or babies would die – I used to feel sick when I received these – long e-mails demanding many times in each e-mail that Fr. Pavone be given large, very large sums of money. Many who were at the March for Life in Washington spoke about this, all having had received these harrassing e-mails and all were deeply confused and upset. I will pray for Fr. Pavone and I wish him well but I will never given any mone to him…large or small. I know this may upset all who commented here but – well, I wish I could feel differently but I just can’t…I do and will continue to work for life – always, but I simply cannot contribute to Fr. Pavone – I still receive those e-mails. I used to respond but no more…still, I wish him well.

  12. Oct. 17th…and it wasn’t just the constant demands for money…it was the fact that Fr. Pavone used social media to attack his Bishop – his legitimate authority. Those saints who were reprimanded by their authorities and, often, silenced, did not stir people up against the person in authority, they submitted in humble silence – think Padre Pio. Think St. Therese Lisieux, the Little Flower…Fr. Pavone stirred up division while trying to turn people against his Bishop…so, again, I pray and I try to understand, but I just can’t…

  13. Financial irregularities are serious and must be dealt with promptly and fully. Otherwise, the reputation of the movement is permanently damaged. A good outside accounting firm can handle these problems.

  14. Dear Michael,
    All Catholics are under Canonical Structure by virtue of our Baptism. Father Pavone is working only for PFL to be under a different Canonical Structure, given his recent experience and the wide — perhaps world wide — scope of PFL’s sacred mission. This is a matter for the Vatican to decide and I am sure Father Pavone will be obedient whatever they decide! After all, he did stay in the bishop’ diocese, submitting to his authority!

  15. What were the results of investigation into the finances of PFL – can we be assured now that irregularities are actually fixed?

  16. IRS Agent 107

    Not to worry. If Fr. Pavone gets too uppity, we, the IRS, can do what Rome can’t or won’t.
    20 years in the Federal pen with NO e-mail will shut him up. (can you say Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud?)

  17. Fr. Pavone is a cafeteria Catholic who picks and choose which Catholic teachings he wants to follow and which teachings he wants everyone else to follow. He is not doing God’s holy will; he is doing his own will and that is why he got in trouble with his bishop.

  18. IRS AGENT; What gives you the right to argue for a tax evasion case against PFL. Are we to assume they had no legal counsel to help them with a 501 3 c Tax exemption status. They have accountants as they reported. Canonically they are not directly under Church Law but are incorporated in California and are based out of NY. Have you or your agents pursued the apparently highly questionable financial activities of some well-known TV and radio Evangelists and their use of donations for homes, aircraft and other expenses? Either way, butt off here where your vain threats are not helpful to the discussion.

  19. The ego of the man described in this article is very clear.
    It seems to be Pavone, Uber Alles.
    I don’t detect any humility or sense of obedience.
    There are problems ahead for this priest and PFL should he not get off his high horse.
    Sad, but you can bet on it.
    A.M.D.G.

  20. So many priests and bishops, however, none is as loyal as Father Pavone to the unborn babies that are heartlessly ripped from the womb.. Like Mother Teresa , he is about the Lords’ business.
    God bless the pro-life movement with victory!
    Viva Christo Rey!