"Priests for Life has the most effective political impact of any Catholic apostolate in our country." 
– Dr. Deal Hudson


Listen to Fr. Frank's Homily to the Catholic Marketing Network about voting







Dear Friends,

Welcome to our Political Action Website! Here you will find information, inspiration, and action to help the People of God carry out their duties as faithful citizens of both heaven and earth.

First and foremost, on this page you will see a signup form. Along with educating voters on the issues and on the political process, we are building up an army of volunteers to help get voters to the polls in this election. We have many specific ways in which you can help. If you let us know you are interested in this arena of activity, our political action team will work with you to figure out the best way you can help this year.

The importance of Elections 2016 cannot be overstated. We are living in the midst of an ongoing holocaust of abortion, and many public servants cannot tell the difference between serving the public and killing the public. They don't belong in public office. Moreover, we ourselves are battling for our religious freedom -- along with many others -- in the Supreme Court at this very moment, and we know that those we elect will decide the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation.

Politics is not our salvation; Jesus Christ is. But he calls us to be politically active! This is no time for weariness or cynicism. We aren't looking for perfect candidates who will do our job for us. We are simply looking for candidates who will do their own job and will let us do ours, in building a culture of life!

So please join us today, and utilize this web page for all the information you need about how to engage the political process in a way consistent with the Gospel of Life!

Sincerely,



Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

Comparison of Party Platforms

Party Platforms

Know where the candidates stand!

On Election Day, our country will make critical decisions about the types of leaders we will have for years to come. If you have not been doing so, it is time to begin looking more carefully at the candidates who will be running.

To make the right decision when deciding on the candidates whom you will support, it is essential that you look carefully at the positions of the candidates in the race. This step in the process is critical in fulfilling your responsibilities as a faithful citizen, as you must participate in the political process with a fully informed conscience. This includes knowing the positions of the candidates...MORE »

2016 Party Platform Comparison -  [Print Quality Version]

Vote for Life Campaign Training Seminars

Two opportunities to participate: Tuesday, August 23 at 9pm ET and Monday, August 29 at 9pm ET

Click here for details

Important election information for all States

Information on voting in each of the 50 states

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2016 Candidate Information

 Comparison of Party Platforms

To make the right decision when deciding on the candidates whom you will support, it is essential that you look carefully at the positions of the candidates in the race.

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Prayer Campaign

For nine weeks before Election Day, Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the "Election Novena"

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What can I do??

1. Help to register more voters -- Find out the many possible ways how, either through your Church or as a private citizen! Now is the time to register new voters!

2. Obtain from us the presentations that were given at the 2003 legal symposium we co-sponsored at the Ave Maria Law School on the topic The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as We Think? Click here for written presentations and for the ability to listen to the seminar. Share these resources with your pastor or organization leader. You can order the booklet at our online store.

3. Letters to the Editor -- Be sure to get hard-hitting letters into your local daily papers about candidates and issues! You can influence many people! See instructions and sample letters at www.priestsforlife.org/letters

4. Encourage your pastor to use the resources available below for preaching, bulletin inserts, and educational booklets for the Church bookrack or library.

5. Organize small groups to study the US Bishops' document Living the Gospel of Life. Our study guide on this document can be used individually online, or by groups in your Church, organization, or home. 

6. Use the Internet to spread the word about issues, candidates, and political responsibility! Read more about ourinternet project and our guidelines for using Social Media sites.  Use our banner ads on your website. Make links from your website to ours and to other political sites. Make your own website to help people take part in the elections or to spread information about the candidate of your choice.

7. Use your email list to broadcast helpful election information, such as the material on this site.

8. You may be needed in your community to help distribute voter guides on the weekend prior to the election. An election can be decided based on how many voter guides are given out! If you can help in this effort, fill in the form above and indicate the kind of help you can provide or check with your local or state respect life organizations to see what is planned. And please note that you DO have the right to distribute these fliers in Church parking lots. See this legal letter for information. Moreover, if you are thrown out of the parking lot, you can always move onto the public sidewalk or other public property adjoining the Church, and you should strongly insist on your right to remain there.

9. Make use of early voting, which in many states, can be done without needing a special reason -- you can vote before Election Day, thus decreasing the chances that something unexpected will prevent you from getting to the polls. Promote this idea to others. Also make sure that those who will be out of town on Election Day, or who are homebound, request and send in an absentee ballot.

10. When Election Day approaches, you can increase the number of votes for the right candidates by calling your friends and urging them to go to the polls. On Election Day, take the day off from work and help people get to the polls if they need a ride or someone to watch their children, or some other form of assistance.

11. Contact your local Board of Elections and ask about poll-watching, which is an activity you can take part in whereby citizens are present at the polling places on Election Day to make sure that the elections are conducted fairly and efficiently, and to be on the alert for abuses.

12. Support the candidate of your choice by making a financial contribution and/or working on his or her campaign. (The amount of money you can contribute to a specific candidate is limited by law. Once you have reached the legal limit, contribute to organizations like ours which work to advance particular positions which the candidates of your choice support.) Also, show support for your candidate by means of yard signs, bumper stickers, pins, and envelope stickers!

Resources for the Parish

What to Do in Parishes as Elections approach

Nine Week Election Novena: Invite your parish to pray the election novena from September 6 to November 8, 2016. Announce it in the parish bulletin, link to it from the parish website, and distribute printed copies of the prayer.

Homily Suggestions

General Intercessions on Political Responsibility

Bulletin Inserts on Political Responsibility (in English and Spanish)
(these inserts can be requested from Priests for Life in camera-ready format.)

 


 

Legal Guidelines on What to Do in the Parish

Guidance for Churches and Religious Organizations from the IRS
(Requires Acrobat Reader)

Commentary on IRS Guidelines by Jim Bopp, Jr.
(Requires Acrobat Reader)

Guidelines from the James Madison Center for Free Speech - [Long Version] and [Abbreviated Version]

Political Campaign Guidelines for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the United States Bishops' Office of the General Counsel

A Legal Symposium: "The Church and Politics: Are We as Restricted as we Think?"

Clarification regarding dioceses and legal advice.

Political Responsibility CD from Fr. Frank

Fr. Frank Pavone on Political Responsibility.   
Audio includes the following talks and homilies:   For Whom Should I Vote?;   Political Responsibility and the Right to Life; and Political Loyalties.
$10.00 at the Priests for Life online store.


Statements of the US Bishops on Political Responsibility

Key short quotes from Living the Gospel of Life

More statements from Bishops about political responsibility

Our page on Magisterium Teachings will refer you to a wider array of documents in which bishops address the topic of abortion and political responsibility.