Bishop Patrick J. Zurek vs. Father Frank Pavone
In pursuit of the truth – www.cinopsbegone.com – Friday, September 16, 2011
Join us in our conversation. Without doubt there could be a personality conflict between Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek and Priests for Life President Father Frank Pavone. There are lessons to be learned by both sides. In fact this is a two-edged sword for pro-life.
It will be a great victory for both sides if pro-life accentuates the positive; turns a negative into a positive; corrects the negative; and tries to focus on the education of the U.S. Bishops and the Catholic laity on what it means to be pro-life and the wonderful work “Priests for Life” is doing in the public sector and the education of all American voters.
The Background! Ref. http://www.lifesitenews.com/home/print/news/31626/
September 13, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – LifeSiteNews spoke with Priests for Life
President Fr. Frank Pavone this morning regarding the letter by his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek, demanding that Fr. Pavone restrict his ministry, at least for the time being, to the Diocese of Amarillo, commencing today September 13, 2011.
In a September 9 letter to bishops across the U.S., Bishop Zurek said, “My decision is the result of deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization.” “PFL has become a business that is quite lucrative which provides Father Pavone with financial independence from all legitimate ecclesiastical oversight,” the letter said.
Fr. Pavone told LifeSiteNews that he was “perplexed” by the demand and added that he has begun a process of appeal to the Vatican. He stressed that “Priests for Life is above reproach in its financial management and the stewardship of the monies it received from dedicated pro-lifers, [yours truly] raised primarily through the direct mail at the grassroots level.”
Financial reports, he said, are submitted to all 21 bishops and cardinals who sit on the organization’s Advisory Board. Fr. Pavone also said that he does “not receive any salary or financial remuneration from either the Diocese of Amarillo or from Priests for Life.
May we use the article by Father Raniero Cantlamessa, OFM Cap titled, The Duty of Fraternal Correction, by Zenit: http://www.zenit.org/article-23555?1+english - We read: “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother sins, go & admonish him privately; if he listens to you, you have gained your brother.’
Also, we have a book coming out by Judie Brown, [Leader of American Life League] titled, The Broken Path – How Catholic Bishops got lost in the weeds of American Politics. + www.brokenpathbook.com
May I add to Judie Brown’s book, the importance of the bishops to get with it: “Listen to Talk Radio?” Specifically to Dennis Prager, Michael Midved and Hugh Hewitt on KLAC 870 - locally M-F and other stations nationally. The bishops will meet this Nov. 14-17/11 on voting and need other information.
George H. Kubeck, We will focus on the Talk Schedule of Fr. Frank Pavone and the work he has done to organize with over three-dozen national groups: Voter Registration Sundays in 2012. Mark your calendar May 27, July 1, and Sept. 9th: Send your check to Priests for Life, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314-9920.Mine will be $45.