So far, Socon or Bust, has not made too much about what is happening with Fr. Frank Pavone. But I think a few words are in order…
#1 – As readers know, Socon or Bust has not exactly been the #1 Fan of the Bishops. In fact, if anything, we have been harshly critical of their gross misconduct and negligence over the past several years over a myriad of issues. With the Development & Peace abortion scandal, for instance, Socon or Bust called for (and continues to call for) a complete ban on donations to that fraudulent organization which claims to be operating under Catholic principles. This is in direct contradiction to what the bishops have indicated in their blind, dogmatic support of Development & Peace. How do I justify this? Simply because to donate to Development & Peace is a grievous sin (if one knows the facts). On the other hand, disobeying a lawful order of a bishop to not engage in pro-life ministry is a whole different ball of wax. Obedience to cease from doing a type of good work is much more important than disobeying a bishop to continue on in that work, especially if you’re a Catholic priest.
#2 – No one individual is responsible for the pro-life movement. If we put our eggs in one or two or a few baskets, then we really don’t really appreciate that God is the victor and not any one single person. The pro-life movement will go on without Fr. Pavone or even Priests for Life. There’s no one individual or organization that is indispensable to the pro-life movement. We need to stop treating them like they are. As the saying goes, “The graveyards of the world are full of indispensable men, and yet the world goes on just the same.”
#3 – Abortion is a strike against obedience. It is a repudiation of the obedience to the natural law, the moral law, and the divine law. Therefore, as a Catholic priest, Fr. Pavone’s willingness to undergo discipline for the sake of obedience will do more harm to abortion in the spiritual realm than most people understand. The battle of abortion is in the spirit not in the flesh.
Fr. Pavone will do more to bring down abortion in the U.S. and around the world by his act of perfect and complete obedience to his bishop for the sake of the pro-life movement, than he would ever do with public activism.
This is a test of his Faith in God and not his own works. Let’s pray that he realizes the momentous opportunity that he has in front of him and accepts God’s plan to slay the abortion giant through his obedience, humility, and hiddeness.
Please pray for Fr. Frank.