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Christian Duty

Are Christians supposed to withdraw from the world or change the world? Christ told us to make disciples of all nations. One way we do this is to vote, and to elect candidates whose views reflect God's laws. We believers are not second-class citizens; we have a voice! Don't stay home on election day. Exercise your Christian duty to vote! This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Government Involvement

Some candidates for public office claim that the government should not be involved in abortion. But the government got too involved in abortion the day it presumed to have the right to remove protection from unborn human beings. The first purpose of government is to protect the lives of its people. Nobody who would deliberately fail to do that is worthy of public office. This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

No Separation

Election day is approaching. As Christians, we acknowledge that Jesus is Lord of our lives at every moment, including the moment we enter the voting booth. The same hands raised up to Him in prayer are the hands that pull down the levers when we vote! Let there be no separation, then, between your beliefs and your voting decisions! This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Power Over Life and Death

Some political candidates think abortion has nothing to do with their job. But abortion is legal only because the government has decided that some human beings are not protected by the Constitution. Do we really want to elect people who think the government has that kind of power over life and death? Think about it. This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Represent All People

Some pro-abortion politicians defend their position by saying they have to represent all the people. The irony is that by allowing abortion, they fail to represent the people still living in the womb. Be sure you know where candidates stand on abortion. After all, if a politician can't respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect yours? This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Right to Life is Primary

In every election, there are many issues to consider. Yet unless people can first be born, there are no issues, and no people to talk about them. Every right we have flows from the right to life. In choosing those who will lead us, therefore, no issue can be more important than abortion. If our children are not secure, neither is our future. This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Uphold God's Laws

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but to God what belongs to God. In this familiar Gospel passage, our Lord said the coin belongs to Caesar because it bears his image. What, then belongs to God? That which bears His image, namely, human life -- including Caesar himself! Let's vote for candidates who will uphold the laws of God. This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Where Candidates Stand

Many candidates for public office claim to serve the public, but ignore unborn children who are killed daily by abortion. These candidates speak glowingly of human rights, but ignore the right to life. Be sure you know where candidates stand on abortion. After all, if a politician can't respect the life of a little baby, how is he supposed to respect yours? This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Distributing Literature in Church Lots

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  Many groups distribute campaign literature in Church parking lots at election time. I recently asked some of the nation's leading legal experts to comment on this practice. Their letter states, "The distribution of campaign material by others in the Church parking lot will not jeopardize the Church's tax exempt status."  They go on to comment that the IRS regulations on political activity only apply to the activities and expenditures of the non-profit organization. When others distribute literature in the Church parking lot, that is not an activity or expenditure of the Church.  The letter goes on to explain that, because the parking lot is open to the public, churches may not prohibit people from distributing campaign literature, because it is an issue of free speech.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Election Day

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  Today is Election Day. As our bishops have said, "Every voice matters in the public forum; every vote counts."  We need to use our vote to advance the culture of life. Sometimes candidates for local office say that their positions on big moral issues like abortion don't matter. But they do, because they measure a person's character. Besides, those in local office tend to move up to higher office.  And if a politician can't respect the life of a little baby, how's he supposed to respect yours?  Don't miss out on voting today. Find out who is running, and where they stand on life issues. And call your friends and those in your Church groups, and remind them to vote today as well.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Limited Government Authority

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  In one of the most powerful quotes of any religious body, the US bishops wrote the following words in Living the Gospel of Life, "When American political life becomes an experiment on people rather than for and by them, it will no longer be worth conducting. We are arguably moving closer to that day."  They are referring to what happens when government claims authority over the right to life, pretending to be able to authorize abortion and euthanasia, and tampering with destructive embryonic research and human cloning.  The great American experiment is one based on the fact that no government can ever have this kind of authority. Any political entity of any value exists for the human person, not the other way around.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

No Secret Discipleship

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  A preacher once wrote that there is no such thing as secret discipleship. Either the discipleship will destroy the secrecy, or the secrecy will destroy the discipleship.  That's why being pro-life cannot just be a personal, private conviction. If it's in our heart, it needs to be on our lips and in our actions. Each person is one person, not many. We each have a single conscience, and will have a single judgment on the last day.  Our bishops put it this way in "Living the Gospel of Life," "Nor can we practice the Gospel of life only as a private piety. American Catholics must live it vigorously and publicly, as a matter of national leadership and witness, or we will not live it at all."  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Not Just a Catholic Issue

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  The US bishops wrote in Living the Gospel of Life, "The inherent value of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance, is not a sectarian issue any more than the Declaration of Independence is a sectarian creed."  From the start of the abortion war in America, the other side tried to label it as a Catholic issue, and they still use that strategy. Yet nobody complains that laws against stealing are a Catholic issue -- despite the fact that the prohibition on stealing is in the Bible, on the lips of Jesus, and in the Catholic Catechism.  Yet people realize that certain standards of right and wrong transcend religious belief and belong to our common moral heritage. The right to life is one of them.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Primaries

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  One of the great things about our American system is that voters not only select which candidates get elected to public office, but also which of those who want to be candidates actually end up on the ballot. In other words, we get to create the choices we will have on Election Day.  That's what primaries are all about. Primaries are elections that take place before the general Election Day. The dates of primaries differ in each state. When you vote in a primary, you have a wider range of choices, and are therefore more likely to find a candidate with whom you agree on more issues.  Let's not just settle for the choices we're given on Election Day. Let's help create those choices in the primaries! Find out more at www.politicalresponsibility.org.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Priorities

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  The US bishops wrote in Living the Gospel of Life, "[A]bortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others. They are committed against those who are weakest and most defenseless, those who are genuinely "the poorest of the poor.""  In the light of this statement, nobody should ever try to minimize the central importance of the abortion problem simply because there are other issues. To equate all issues as having equal importance contradicts not only the words of the bishops, but ordinary common sense.  We decide priorities every day. And when it's a choice between improving life or preserving it, the priority is obvious.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Reflect Christ's Truth

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  The US bishops wrote, in "Living the Gospel of Life,""[W]e call on U.S. Catholics, especially those in positions of leadership … to recover their identity as followers of Jesus Christ and to be leaders in the renewal of … respect for … life."  For a believer, following Jesus Christ is the center around which all the other elements of life revolve. One might be a Christian husband or wife, a Christian politician, a Christian film producer, or a Christian student -- but in each case, being a Christian is primary. That does not mean that a person divides his or her life between being a Christian and being any of those other things; rather, it means that all other roles are carried out in a manner that reflects Christ's truth.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Republic

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  John Adams, our second President, wrote these words: "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."  Other Founding Fathers said the same, basicilly because they did not establish a democracy. Instead, they established a republic.  In a democracy, what the majority says, goes, and if the majority were to say that murder is OK, it would be OK.  A republic, however, is based not on the rule of the majority, but on the rule of law. And the highest law is the law of God. In a republic, certain things are beyond the reach of the majority, and basic wrongs can never be declared right.  Let's elect people who understand the difference between a democracy and a republic.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Voter Registration in Church

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  Many Churches are now implementing a national voter registration project, giving parishioners an opportunity to register when leaving Sunday Mass. This activity is perfectly legal. The Internal Revenue Service in its 2002 Tax Guide for Churches has written the following, "Activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process such as voter registration and get out the vote drives would not constitute prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner."  Now it's up to us. Wouldn’t it be tragic if we wasted the opportunity to register millions of new voters simply because we didn't know what the law allowed us to do? Find out more at www.politicalresponsibility.org.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

Voter Registration Sundays

Hello, this is Fr. Frank Pavone.  In the American system of government, citizens have the privilege and duty of electing their leaders. When those citizens are Christians, the opportunity to vote becomes an opportunity to shape our society according to the teachings of the Gospel. Believers are not second-class citizens. We have every right to base our voting decisions on our belief in Jesus Christ and His teachings. This year, many Christian Churches throughout the nation will observe National Christian Voter Registration Sunday. Pastors will call upon their congregations to register to vote, and to exercise their citizenship to the full. Find out the dates of Voter Registration Sundays and how you can be involved by visiting www.politicalresponsibility.org.  This is Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life.

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