TITUSVILLE, FL – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:
“The Christian world begins today the season of Lent. God’s Word calls out to his people urgently to repent of sin, personally and communally. Christians decide on specific actions to take in order to separate themselves from sin, which is one of the purposes of Lent.
“I want to recommend, simply and clearly, that as a way of giving a clear witness to our rejection of evil, those believers who are still members of the Democrat Party leave that party. Its platform, its leaders, and the policies they advance have explicitly embraced a worldview that promotes the direct, deliberate and systematic killing of children in the womb without exception and at taxpayer expense, views the freedom of religion as discrimination and punishes believers and Church institutions for trying to live their faith, redefines human sexuality, marriage and family in ways that contradict God’s plan, and denies the rights of parents as the primary educators of their children – just to name a few of the problems. Those who don’t see this need to read the platform, and read the bills the leadership is promoting.
“Some will urge that working from within is better. I have worked side by side with people who have been doing this for decades, and have encouraged them. But the Democrat Party has not gotten better in any of these areas, but only worse, and more militant. Believers would be doing a service both to the Party and to the wider society, and would be giving witness against these evils, by immediately terminating their membership, identification, and support for the Party. Such actions by large numbers of people may prompt some leaders to listen one of these days — but they are not listening now.
“Leaving the Party is a very appropriate way of echoing the call of Lent, Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
“Some will claim that this is an inappropriate mix of religion and politics. I, along with many believers, are sick and tired of that worn-out, meaningless argument. To the extent that the Church cannot apply God’s law and Gospel teaching to the realities of the world, including our politics, she renders herself, at best, irrelevant, and at worse, complicit in the damage the Democrat Party is doing.
“The platform on which we believers stand is neither the Republican platform nor the Democrat platform. It is the platform of Jesus Christ. And when a political party explicitly and deliberately contradicts that platform, the followers of Christ know how to speak up about it and bear witness to the truth. Lent calls us anew to do exactly that.
“As we read in the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, “At all times and in all places, the Church should have the true freedom to teach the faith, to proclaim its teaching about society, to carry out its task among men without hindrance and to pass moral judgments even in matters relating to politics, whenever the fundamental rights of man or the salvation of souls requires it” (Gaudium et Spes 76; see also Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 426; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2246; “Doctrinal Note On some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life,” CDF, November 24, 2002, and Code of Canon Law 747 §2).
“In the pro-life and pro-family movement, my colleagues and I work daily with millions of pro-life Democrats. Vast numbers of them know the party no longer represents them on this and other key issues. They seek guidance on what to do, and we will continue to stand with them and for them, and for the Gospel in which we all believe.”
SOURCE Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests For Life