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Father Pavone Asked to Leave Priests for Life
Priests For Life Press Release ^ | September 10,2001 | Priests For Life

Posted on 09/10/2001 1:34:08 PM PDT by electron1

Father Pavone Asked to Leave Priests for Life

New York -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life for the past eight years, has been asked by Cardinal Edward Egan to resume full-time work within the Archdiocese of New York and leave his present position with Priests for Life. The reason for the decision is the need for parish priests in New York, and is consistent with similar decisions of the Cardinal to call back many other New York priests who are on special assignment.

Anthony DeStefano, Executive Director of Priests for Life, made the following statement:

"We are shocked at what has happened and frankly can't make heads or tails of it. Neither can other pro-life leaders worldwide. I know that Fr. Frank has committed his entire life to ending the tragedy of abortion. He has told me that he is preparing an important public statement to be made in the near future. He is continuing to negotiate with the Cardinal through all the proper channels and in accordance with the demands of Canon Law.

"In the meantime, in order to avoid any wrong impression that Priests for Life would operate without the blessing of the Church, Fr. Pavone has officially transferred the leadership of the organization to me and his other close associates, until such time that a new priests director is chosen. He and the organization have a long track record of fidelity to the Church and the bishops, and Fr. Frank does not want the organization which he built and which he loves so much to suffer because of a decision to transfer him."

DeStefano also said that Priests for Life would continue on the course Fr. Pavone has set for the organization.

"We have detailed plans that were formulated by Fr. Pavone which we will follow to the letter. Nothing is going to stop this organization from doing the things that have made us so effective in the past eight years. I am confident that all our friends and benefactors in the pro-life movement will continue to work harder than ever with us to make this happen."

Fr. Pavone is one of the leading voices in the pro-life movement. Cardinal John O'Connor appointed him to Priests for Life in 1993. Since that time, Fr. Pavone has transformed the fledgling group into an international organization with a multi-million dollar budget, a staff of almost 40 full-time employees, four full-time priests, and a global media outreach.


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This came from the NRLC daily email message. I have yet to see it on the priests for life webpage. But it should be up soon.
1 posted on 09/10/2001 1:34:08 PM PDT by electron1
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To: electron1
We met Father Pavone in San Antonio back in 92. What a servant for God.
3 posted on 09/10/2001 2:00:58 PM PDT by kassie
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To: electron1
ttt
4 posted on 09/10/2001 2:19:12 PM PDT by electron1
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To: Askel5, snuffington, Aquinasfan
A very confused bump.
5 posted on 09/10/2001 2:27:52 PM PDT by Artist
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To: Artist
A very confused repeat bump... Can anyone read between the lines here?
6 posted on 09/10/2001 2:33:42 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
I think that at this very moment -- as the shock of this sets in -- we are required to PRAY and not to make waves that will upset the perception of the organization as rebellious against the Church herself.

While his removal and return to clerical "duty" work seems to subvert the organization through Cardinal Egan -- we are to pray and continue to Support National Priests For Life as it is with Father Frank privately fighting his battle with his archdiocese.
7 posted on 09/10/2001 2:39:01 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: AKA Elena
quoting and correcting the poor structure and lost meaning in my own words the organization as rebellious -- to be the Priests for Life Organization as supportive of and not rebellious against the Church herself.
8 posted on 09/10/2001 2:42:07 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: electron1
I thought Fr Pavone was from New Jersey????
9 posted on 09/10/2001 3:12:04 PM PDT by ex-snook
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To: ex-snook
He probably is. But Priests for Life is under the authority of New York. Since that is where it runs out of...
10 posted on 09/10/2001 3:14:20 PM PDT by electron1
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To: electron1
bump - Let's keep this guys in our prayers.
11 posted on 09/10/2001 3:15:14 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago
Father Pavone you have our support and prayers
12 posted on 09/10/2001 3:20:18 PM PDT by fatima
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To: Artist
Thank you very much for the bump.

So ... National Right to Life Committee is breaking the news, eh? Very interesting.

These being the same folks who headline their story on ESCR: BUSH BLOCKS STEM CELL FUNDING THAT WOULD DESTROY EMBRYOS.

They cut it very fine at the NRLC.

13 posted on 09/10/2001 3:25:08 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: electron1
Thank you for posting this. Hoping something can be worked out. This man is doing a fantastic job spreading the prolife message.
14 posted on 09/10/2001 3:42:01 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: AKA Elena
AKA Elena: Thanks for your posts. I do understand that Father Pavone ruffled feathers outside the Church (the Pro-Life haters), but you are implying that he also ruffled feathers inside the Church as well. This is new to me. Since Priests for Life is in line with the Papacy, my question really is "Is Eagan himself in line with the papacy?" Or is Eagan moving Father Pavone to soften the ruffled feathers of groups and the "powers that be" that Eagan himself must deal with? The latter is a cop out if true.
15 posted on 09/10/2001 3:55:16 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: electron1
Gosh, that is strange, isn't it? Anyone guessing who might take his place? Fr Peter West is high profile..I just can't imagine Priests for Life without Fr. Pavone at the helm..
16 posted on 09/10/2001 4:00:45 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Donna Lee Nardo, Askel5
My reference was totally in regard to this line from the e-mail: He is continuing to negotiate with the Cardinal through all the proper channels and in accordance with the demands of Canon Law.

I was asking for prayer that this not be turned into some faction type of action wherein Priests For Life might seem, in any way, to be outside or at odds with the Church.

There is a drastic shortage of priests for parish assignment -- but to have pulled such a wonderful soldier from this particular front line, is bound to raise questions.

This could be a simple exercise in obedience and in humility, to which Father Frank is being subjected ... and NONE of us know what the intent behind his removal is.

The misuse of NRTL, mentioned by Askel5, is a cause of deep concern for us as well -- as they are bragging about bastardization of one of their most basic goals and agree in essence with using the murdered embryos as fodder for future destruction, with some quixotic rationalization -- in this we have had a major sell out of truth and the entire movement for life.

AT LEAST, we needn't fear collapse of the Priests for Life and betrayal of our principles by them, no matter the "leader"-- not so, National Right to Life!
17 posted on 09/10/2001 4:20:14 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: AKA Elena
Bears close watching, of course.

There is no question that there are many in the Catholic Church (Monsignor McHugh and Archbishop Spellman come to mind) who've been totally co-opted by the Culture of Death and politicians bent on pop-control and eugencics.
(If you've ever read any of my posts on from "The McHugh Chronicles" you know of what I speak.)

So ... for that reason I'm certainly wary when it comes to the Church (and the diocese of New York) but you're right that I have no qualms pointing out that the NRLC is utterly co-opted and basically just a means for consolidating pro-lifers so they can spin their wheels en masse on meaningless legislation between rationalizing support for "pro-lifers" like Bush and their Clever Compromises.

19 posted on 09/10/2001 4:25:14 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Campion Moore Boru
Good question ... this is the first headliner to my knowledge. Interesting pick on his part.

(Assuming of course, that he -- like many AmChurch bishops -- exercises a certain independence from Rome. I see no reason yet to ascribe this decision to anyone but Egan himself.)

If a shortage of priests is the reason for this move, perhaps a death of traditional and faithful parishes is the real problem that needs addressing. In any case, I fail to see how recalling Pavone is the Only or the Best Option he has for filling a slot.

Perhaps he could check the rolls of "ministries" funded by the Campaign for Human Development and find a still-frocked priest able to fulfill his sacerdotal -- instead of Peace and Justice -- obligations for a change.

20 posted on 09/10/2001 4:33:44 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
I doubt it. From the little I have read of Egan, I think he is pretty Orthodox. Even picked personally by PJPII to be Cardinal. We know he doesnt like picking liberals to cardinalship.

Maybe he is doing this to signal to all other organizations that he is not being biased as to what priests he asks back to pastoralship. Even PJPII has personally told Priests for Life that they are doing the "Most" important work. So we know Priests for LIfe is VERY important within the Church.

22 posted on 09/10/2001 4:42:35 PM PDT by electron1
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To: sockmonkey
I agree. If anything, they should have asked other priests to teach pastorally, and leave Fr. Pavone on...
23 posted on 09/10/2001 4:43:18 PM PDT by electron1
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To: Askel5
Pavone is a priest of the archdiocese of New York. His first duty is that archdiocese.

Egan seems to be, first and foremost, an administrator. He's closing churches and trying to get the finances of the archdiocese in order.

I'd wager Egan, like our bishop in Ft. Worth, is calling men back from military chaplaincies because of the shortage because he's getting hammered for closing churches.

I'd be interested in your assertions about Spellman. He's been a shady presence in the history of the American Church; I remember him vaguely, but he was THE power for many years.

24 posted on 09/10/2001 4:52:42 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: electron1
Okay heres the contact information..


Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Avenue
New York NY 10022-4134
212-371-1000

Website

25 posted on 09/10/2001 5:10:26 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP
oh darn
26 posted on 09/10/2001 5:10:55 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP
test
27 posted on 09/10/2001 5:11:24 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: electron1
Priests for Life

You would kinda think that would be a redundency, but I guess not nowadays. Oh, well.

28 posted on 09/10/2001 5:15:45 PM PDT by southern rock
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To: Manny Festo,kassie,Artist,Donna Lee Nardo,AKA Elena
bttt
29 posted on 09/10/2001 5:18:22 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: ex-snook,Diago,fatima,Askel5,sockmonkey,Campion Moore Boru,sinkspur
bttt
30 posted on 09/10/2001 5:20:51 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP
It would be interesting to know what other priests, if any, have been recalled to do parish work.
31 posted on 09/10/2001 5:25:42 PM PDT by ex-snook
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To: ex-snook
It says that they have but he is doing some very extraordinary work and reaching many people.
32 posted on 09/10/2001 5:29:29 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: ex-snook
The military branches are screaming because so many Catholic priests are being recalled. We've had three recalled in the last two years; two from the Army, one from the Air Force.
33 posted on 09/10/2001 5:29:41 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Lady GOP
In our archdiocese, Priests are "transferred" as a general rule every seven years (pastors at least).

The mandate of transfer is generally honored by the priest and the "assignment" elsewhere may be heartbreaking on both the side of the priest and his flock.

"Assignments" are often identical among Sisters and are "handed out" every summer.

I am in no defensive or offensive mode concerning Father Frank Pavone or for or against Cardinal Egan ... this could be a simple change in Mission for him.

By praying for a concrete reason which we cannot yet see, for such an important change in MISSION, perhaps we are making too much of the issue ... perhaps we are being subverted into innecessary dissonance in acceptance of this change and in fact, ... neither Cardinal Egan nor Fr. Pavone have a "hand" in this change.

Perhaps in this new mission ... a larger and more influential soldier for life is awaiting a call and Fr. Pavone is the vehicle for that person's calling!

Call me an eternal optimist! ;~)
34 posted on 09/10/2001 5:54:30 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: sinkspur
Thanks for the info. It still remains to see if only pro-life and military chaplains are recalled and other services excluded in NY. You would think something like 'Priests for Life' would not be necessary. Perhaps some priests did not like their parishioners wondering why they were silent. Also maybe because Father Pavone seemed to be supporting Schunlder in NJ, it had a bearing. Time will tell.
35 posted on 09/10/2001 6:01:55 PM PDT by ex-snook
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Please take a momet to contact the Archdiocese of NY to express your support of Father Pavone if you support the pro life movement. He is one of the leading prolife forces in the country today. Thanks so much :)

Lady

36 posted on 09/10/2001 6:06:02 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: ex-snook
Also maybe because Father Pavone seemed to be supporting Schunlder in NJ, it had a bearing.

I'd be very surprised if someone as diplomatic as Pavone would endorse a particular candidate, by name.

This can affect non-profit status, you know.

37 posted on 09/10/2001 6:06:31 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
OK, as an informed, faithful Catholic, becoming more cynical with each passing moment, here's my between the lines most very cynical take on this:

Simple...Fr Pavone was too effective at what he was doing, making the NCCB look bad in contrast, i.e., look how much ONE SINGLE faithful priest is accomplishing while the entire US hierarchy does NOTHING effective whatsoever, principally because it is a group whose moral weight has been gutted by the group's rampant tolerance of/promotion of homosexuality (see their fatally flawed document Always Our children for proof), and institutionalized dissent from Humanae Vitae.

I hate to say this, but the sun is setting on the Roman Catholic Church here. Its the bishops' fault. They cannot tolerate the Fr Pavones telling the unadulterated truth, while they keep their silence or undercut orthodox Catholicism.

38 posted on 09/10/2001 6:06:49 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: proud2bRC
OK, as an informed, faithful Catholic

Boy, that really sounded prideful and arrogant, didn't it? Sorry.

I've just seen so much behind the scenes dirt the last few months, I'm suspicious of the hierarchy. Egan might be decent, but like the bishop of Birmingham, doing things under intense pressure from his fellow bishops that he would not do otherwise.

39 posted on 09/10/2001 6:27:10 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Coleus , ELS
Tearful ping. :-(
40 posted on 09/10/2001 6:30:05 PM PDT by Exit 109
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To: AKA Elena
The News About Father for me came from Priests for Life-they broke it first,we are with you Father Pavone
41 posted on 09/10/2001 6:34:39 PM PDT by fatima
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To: proud2bRC
Thanks for expressing how man feel about this.
42 posted on 09/10/2001 6:41:11 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: proud2bRC
Pardon...meant to say "many".
43 posted on 09/10/2001 6:42:30 PM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: sinkspur
"Also maybe because Father Pavone seemed to be supporting Schunlder in NJ, it had a bearing."

I'd be very surprised if someone as diplomatic as Pavone would endorse a particular candidate, by name.

This can affect non-profit status, you know.

But, if you follow the example Cardinal O'Connor set, there was no question about the "Monment of Conception to Moment of Natural Death" question. There is only one choice in our (NJ's) Gubernatorial race that can be supported by Catholics. That would be Bret Schundler.

He was clear and concise on that matter in all of his preaching . . . IMO I don't think he would have ever removed such a staunch Pro-Life advocate from this cause.

I hate to say it, but perhaps Egan isn't the best successor to O'Connor? He has been noticably silent since becoming Archbishop - and in NYC silence isn't golden.

Perhaps that is why JPII is sending Myers to Newark?

44 posted on 09/10/2001 6:43:30 PM PDT by Exit 109
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To: firebrand
Tearful ping. :-(
45 posted on 09/10/2001 6:44:15 PM PDT by Exit 109
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To: Lady GOP
Will do-Father is a personal friend and obedient .
46 posted on 09/10/2001 6:44:59 PM PDT by fatima
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To: fatima
That is exactly how I received it -- the fact that Fr. Frank Pavone was given the original mission by His Holiness -- makes me question the change as well. I was only trying to present scenarios ... no more.
47 posted on 09/10/2001 6:46:29 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: AKA Elena
scuse me -- not His Holiness -- CARDINAL O'CONNOR -- our last great AMERICAN voice!
48 posted on 09/10/2001 6:48:18 PM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: electron1
All those catholic-demoCCCPrats must be upset.
49 posted on 09/10/2001 6:56:28 PM PDT by Unbeliever
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To: AKA Elena
Me thinks-lawsuits-lawsuits-lawsuits-be in the media be open to lawsuits---he does have courage and I have worked with the other Priests for Life-they all are wonderful.Father is on a pontifical counsel in Rome,all will continue,all is OK
50 posted on 09/10/2001 7:00:15 PM PDT by fatima
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