Archive: Fr. Frank Pavone
I have no objection, in principle, to a hearing that investigates an alleged radicalization of any religion if there is sufficient evidence that some citizens are abusing the tenets of that religion as a cover for violent activity.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | March 7, 2011; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (18)
If that "legal medical procedure" is the killing of a child, then yes, personal and religious views should be allowed to prevent such an act from taking place. The law's criterion for who receives protection should be the verifiable evidence of science, rather that the subjective criterion of religious belief.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | March 3, 2011; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (34)
Yes, let Islam, Christianity, and any other religion be debated on the campaign trail. After all, campaigns should be about what people care about, and lots of people care about religion.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | February 23, 2011; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (185)
Catholic institutions have the right to be Catholic, just as Jewish institutions have the right to be Jewish, and just as any religious institution should be expected to conduct its affairs in a manner consistent with its beliefs.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | January 26, 2011; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (103)
We make a mistake when we think that issues of economy, environment, and peace can be disconnected from the issue of human rights.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | January 18, 2011; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (20)
To attempt to "keep the peace" by chilling, or somehow prohibiting, freedom of speech, is simply another form of violence against the human spirit.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | January 12, 2011; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (68)
True religion, rather than doing violence to the other, suffers with the other. This is the root meaning of the word "compassion" - "to suffer with." Let's be willing to bear one another's sufferings in a way that fosters tolerance, respect, life, faith, and peace.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | January 4, 2011; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (52)
Of course these situations are difficult. So are most situations in life that matter. People involved in all types of moral compromises struggle with the difficulty of their situation. But the difficulty of a situation does not determine the morality of that situation.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 30, 2010; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (33)
We need more of the spirit of Cardinal John O'Connor- unafraid of the media, eager to use mass communications to present the Church's positions, and willing to engage in the battles that will inevitably result.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 28, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (54)
Christmas is not just about the birth of a child; it's about the birth of a whole new humanity. In Adam, all die; in Christ, all come to life again.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 21, 2010; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (43)
Are tax cuts for the wealthy immoral? Not necessarily. Are they, on the other hand, always moral? Again, not necessarily.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 14, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (30)
There is no source more frequently used in the documents of our Founders than the Bible. In fact, the very idea of the three branches of government is Biblically based.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 8, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (5)
Marriage represents something that is central to the calling of all of us, including those who do not marry.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | December 8, 2010; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (28)
This is what we celebrate at Thanksgiving - not just that we have food, but that we have freedom, rooted in God and the recognition that government cannot tamper with our human rights.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 23, 2010; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (21)
The wider question is, "What is the Church's view of human sexuality, and how that relates to human destiny?"
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 22, 2010; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (34)
If we institute policies which are going to openly condone homosexual activity, let's not be surprised or complain when chaplains do their job.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 16, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (68)
Jesus broke down barriers between people. But he did not do so at the expense of his identity, or the identity of his followers.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 8, 2010; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (20)
Put another way, the voting booth is not a "moral free zone." Neither is anyplace else. We can sin there or we can exercise virtue there.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 1, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (26)
The Church is not partisan, and the test of that is simple: If the major political parties or the candidates in any race were to suddenly swap their positions on abortion, not one word of the Church's message about voting and abortion would change.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | November 1, 2010; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (10)
From a Catholic perspective, not only is religion not opposed to reason, it vigorously promotes it.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | October 26, 2010; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (25)
Contrary to the notion that politics and religion don't mix, they are actually inextricably linked.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | October 18, 2010; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (12)
Many think of the church's teaching about sex as "You cannot do it except in a marriage between a man and a woman, and when open to life." That is true, but the fuller understanding of why this is true comes when we can see that sexual activity means so much that it is wrong to diminish its message or deny its full reality.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | October 12, 2010; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (34)