FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 15, 2015
Contact: Leslie Palma
NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, called the recent blessing of an abortion clinic by members of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice “a perversion of Biblical teaching.”
“For clergy to bless an abortion clinic is contrary to the two central commands of the Christian faith – to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love each other as ourselves,” said Fr. Pavone. “We cannot claim to love God or each other by helping those who kill our brothers and sisters.”
“Moreover, this breaks the commandment You shall not use the name of the Lord your God in vain. This commandment does not only prohibit cursing by invoking God’s name. It also prohibits blessing in God’s name that which God abhors,” Fr. Pavone stated.
Liberal clergy members gathered earlier this month at Cleveland’s Preterm abortion clinic to bless it. Preterm is the business where 22-year-old Lakisha Wilson received a late-term abortion that resulted in her death only last year.
The National Pro-life Religious Council has published a book called Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which documents and responds to the kind of activities on display in this recent abortion clinic blessing.
“Not only does this contradict Christian teaching,” Fr. Pavone continued, “but it impedes the healing of those who suffer after their abortion. After all, why ask forgiveness or feel bad about an action the Church blesses? The result, however, is not that these individuals stop feeling pain; it is that they feel ashamed to ask for forgiveness, and feel silly for feeling sad.”
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.