Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Priest's Anti-Abortion Video Raises Questions On Limits For Advocacy

On Sunday just ahead of Tuesday's presidential election, Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of the activist anti-abortion group Priests for Life, posted a live video on Facebook which, as reported by the Washington Post, "raised questions for some about what is appropriate antiabortion and political activism in the church."  The video in which Pavone endorsed Donald Trump for president because of the anti-abortion Republican platform showed an actual aborted fetus on the altar. Pavone said the fetus was given to him for burial by a pathologist. In a post on the blog of the Archdiocese of New York, a spokesman strongly criticized Pavone, saying in part:
A human being has been sacrificed and the altar of God has been desecrated, all for politics. Everyone who respects the dignity of every human person should reject and disavow this atrocity.
A post on Friendly Atheist blog includes a link to Pavone's full 44 minute video.