Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bishop, priest announce new pro-life priestly society

AMARILLO, Texas (CNS) -- Bishop John W. Yanta of Amarillo and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, have announced formation of a society of priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians to promote pro-life ministry.

The society will "defend human life against the onslaught of abortion, euthanasia and genetic manipulation," said Father Pavone in a statement accompanying the announcement.

The society is called the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life and is constituted under church law as a society of apostolic life.
St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke said that "there is a great need in our time for a priestly society dedicated to the conversion of our culture of death and the promotion of a civilization of life."

Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Bishop Yanta and the Diocese of Amarillo "are offering a vital service to Catholics throughout the United States" by supporting the society.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead of Phoenix praised Priests for Life for "standing strong" and for offering "persuasive reasons for respecting the dignity of each person, especially the most vulnerable and innocent among us."
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