Thursday, February 2, 2023

Vatican fires anti-abortion priest

VATICAN CITY ( Associated Press) — The Vatican has expelled an American anti-abortion priest, Frank Pavone, for posting “reprehensible communications on social media” as well as “persistent disobedience” to his bishop.

The verdict against Pavone, who heads the anti-abortion group For Life, was made on November 9 and has no appeal, according to a letter received Sunday and written by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States. went. addressed the American bishops.

Pavone was investigated by the then Diocese of Amarillo, Texas in 2016 for placing an aborted fetus on an altar and posting a video of it on two social media sites. Priest frequently posts about American politics and abortion. The video of the aborted fetus was accompanied by a message stating that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform would allow abortion to continue, and that Donald Trump and the Republican platform wanted to protect unborn children.

Pavone remains a staunch Trump supporter: on his Twitter account, he holds a “MAGA” cap (Trump’s campaign slogan meaning “Make America Great Again”) with a picture of the former president in the background of the United States of America. which is praised. Touted by many conservatives for their Supreme Court nominees who overturned the landmark decision that guaranteed the country’s constitutional right to abortion.

In a tweet on Sunday, Pavone sounded defiant, comparing his fate with that of the unborn.

“Therefore, in all professions, including priesthood, if you stand up for the unborn, you will be treated like one! The only difference is that when they ‘abort’ us, we keep on talking loud and clear,” he wrote.

His supporters immediately condemned the move, including Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, who called US President Joe Biden’s support of abortion rights “deadly”.

Pavone appealed to the Vatican in 2011 over restrictions placed on his ministry by the Bishop of Amarillo, the restrictions were eased and transferred out of Texas, though he remained active with the priesthood for the rest of his life.

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