by Steven Ertelt
October 31, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading Catholic pro-life group has released a statement calling on voters to make a pro-life stance on abortion the basis of how they vote net week. The statement has been signed by over 1,000 priests who say that Catholic church teachings instruct faithful parishioners to vote pro-life.
The purpose of the statement is to call all citizens to an active participation in the elections, and to point out that among the many important issues, “abortion necessarily plays a central role.”
“Those are not my words,” Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said in a statement to LifeNews.com, “they are the words of the United States Catholic bishops. We as priests will echo them.”
The statement says voting is a way Catholics can be involved in "building a culture of life." It relies on teachings from the nation’s Catholic bishops, which say that "among important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role."
Priests for Life also reminds Catholics that pro-abortion candidates are out of step with the church’s views.
"No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life," the statement says.
Pavone said that more priests are joining his organization every day in encouraging people to vote pro-life.
“This is the first thousand. More are signing on every day, because the statement simply reflects what our bishops have already said," Pavone explained.
Related web sites:
Priests for Life – https://www.priestsforlife.org