Posts Tagged ‘Pavone’

Know More, so there can one day be No More

February 17, 2009

Fr. Frank Pavone sends out newsletters that also have text available online, at least for awhile. The past columns seem to be available only in podcast format, so I’ll paste the full text of the current one here in case its print format is eventually not available at the link:

Extreme Compromise

by Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Newly-elected abortion advocates often try to paint their support for Roe vs. Wade [*1] and its companion case Doe vs. Bolton [*2] as mainstream. Some even think that the decisions constitute a “compromise” position on the divisive issue of abortion. After all, they say, our current national policy on abortion allows a woman to have a child if she wants, and to abort the child if she wants.

But Roe and Doe are about as far away from a “compromise” as you can find. The decisions allow for abortion throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, and do not recognize any right of the unborn child to be spared death by abortion. With a nation divided about abortion, one might think that under a “compromise” solution one could find some reason to protect at least some unborn children. But in Roe and Doe, one searches in vain for any situation in which an unborn child is protected. As the University of Detroit Law Review pointed out, “The Supreme Court’s decisions…allowed abortion on demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy” (Paul B. Linton, Enforcement of State Abortion Statutes after Roe: A State-by-State Analysis, Vol. 67, Issue 2, Winter 1990).

In this framework, every unborn baby is disposable. Every. That’s hardly a “compromise” position.

“Leave it up to the woman to decide” sounds to many like a fair compromise. But this position completely destroys equality before the law, because it constitutes a complete removal of protection from the child. The lives of unborn children who are wanted and carried to term do not have any more protection from the law than the lives of unborn children who are unwanted and carried to the abortionist. The lives of the wanted are protected only by their “wantedness,” which, of course, can be subject to change at any time. As far as the law is concerned, they are all non-persons, regardless of circumstance. That’s hardly a “compromise.”

A “compromise” usually, and by definition, allows some accommodation to both sides in the dispute. But current abortion policy allows no accommodation to the claims that innocent human life makes upon us.

The more you know about the Roe and Doe decisions, the clearer this becomes. In fact, the Gallup polling company, in an extensive analysis of the opinions of Americans on abortion, admits that the level of support in surveys for Roe vs. Wade is lower if more information about the decision itself is offered in the question, and higher if less information is offered.

These are important points to bring up in communicating with pro-abortion elected officials.

In Judgment at Nuremberg, one of those responsible for the Holocaust says that he “never thought it would go that far,” and was told that it “went that far” as soon as a single innocent life was taken. There is no room for “compromising” about human life. Permitting one life to be destroyed is already extreme. Unless we’re all protected, we’re all in danger.

* links in the online version of the article:

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The comments by Fr. Pavone regarding the polling results when people are properly informed about the Roe and Doe decisions reminds me of a site that has a “quiz” to identify what people really know about those court cases. Please go to the quiz site and see for yourself how well informed you already are, and what you need to learn better. Then encourage others to learn more, too, since the more people who KNOW more, the better the likelihood that more people will say NO more abortion!

You might also want to add the link to your own Web sites, to encourage more people to participate.


Rising above media “Noise”

October 20, 2008

From the email newsletter of
“Teresa Tomeo Communications”

Breaking News: EWTN to Air Special Series on “Noise”!

“If you’re anything like me, you just might be getting increasingly frustrated with the blatant liberal media bias that is plaguing the current election coverage. The secular media are focusing little if anything on the issues we as a people of life and family are concerned about and when they do even attempt to cover key issues of concern to faith-filled folks, those topics and the politicians with similar view points are not exactly portrayed accurately or in a positive light. In addition to the media bias, we are bombarded 24/7 with messages from movies, TV programming, shock-jock radio, the Internet and much more. These messages attempt to tear down core tenets of Church teaching.

Join me and my guests including Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Doug Keck of EWTN TV, Moral Theologian Dr. Janet Smith, and others as we try to help you make some sense out of all of the “Noise” in our lives. That’s Monday through Friday at 6:30pm ET, October 20th through the 24th on EWTN Global Catholic TV. For more information go to or and please pray that this series helps encourage more Catholics to take a stand for decency on the air waves.

That’s why I am hoping that you will tune out some of the noise of the secular media and tune in closely to EWTN Television this week. EWTN will be running a five part mini series based on my book “Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families.” The 30 minute special reports will air at 6:30pm ET beginning Monday evening October 20th, and ending Friday evening October 24th.

Have you ever wondered why the secular press tilts so heavily to the left of center? Are you concerned about the continued attacks on the Catholic Church? Would you like to know just how much impact the culture is having on children, families, and the country? With the help of moral theologians, law enforcement experts, media specialists, and pro-life leaders, I will attempt to answer these questions. And if you’re looking for some practical ways to make a difference in the media in your home as well as ways to engage the culture, you may also be interested in watching this special series. You’ll also learn just how much wisdom and common sense advise the Church has when it comes to how to using the media wisely.”

Watch episodes 1- 5 on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) this week: Oct 20 – Oct 24  at  3:00 AM & 6:30 PM (ET), 12 AM & 3:30 PM (PT)


  • Episode 1:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo begins her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the problems created by the negative media-saturation of our culture.
  • Episode 2:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the cultural problems created by the saturation of violent imagery in the media.
  • Episode 3:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at what the Church teaches about the proper use of the media.
  • Episode 4:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at the various ways the media can be used as a tool of evangelization.
  • Episode 5:
    Media expert Teresa Tomeo continues her study of Catholicism and the media with a look at various ways to combat the negative media saturation in our culture, and make a positive difference.

A tireless pro-life advocate

October 14, 2008

Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, seems to work tirelessly on behalf of the unborn. In particular, he is doing as much as he can to help our country “choose” a pro-life president. In case you aren’t already familiar with his work, please go to this site and you’ll see the many areas he and his team handle.

(I urge readers to be cautious about some of the material, since that organization does provide rather graphic descriptions of abortion procedures. I agree that there are situations when using those words/images is appropriate, but that should always be done with discretion. Thankfully, those parts of the Web site seem to be labeled well enough to avoid clicking to them, so I am able to use the site without running into things that I don’t want to view — unlike other sites that put graphic images without any kind of warning.)

This link goes directly to the “Election Action Center” section. Please take the time to examine the resources there, and to put them to good use. The election is three weeks from today!

And here is some of the content of his recent email:

“Finally, before giving you my media schedule, let me introduce you to a Catholic version of You Tube. It’s called Like You Tube, it allows you to post videos, comment on them, share them, and join online communities that bring like-minded people together from around the world. Doing all this is a powerful way to influence others and to share information and encouragement – and in this case, it’s thoroughly Catholic! Check it out, and see our Priests for Life channel that is highlighted on the front page!”

I haven’t explored that site, but since it is new (and is recommended by Fr. Pavone) I thought I’d help it become known.