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Fox News Hosts Radical Anti-Choice Priest, Frank Pavone, For “The Catholic Church Today”

Reported by Priscilla - April 5, 2010 -

Fox News’ Catholic priest in residence, Father Jonathan Morris, is conservative; but next to Father Frank Pavone, National Director of "Priests for Life," he looks quite moderate. While Morris offers a Catholic perspective on issues of the day, he is hardly an activist like Father Pavone whose organization is very political with its politics directed at the criminalization of abortion through Catholic anti-choice community organizing. Pavone, who palled around with convicted anti choice radical, Randall Terry, is not your average Catholic priest. As an anti-abortion zealot whose “ministry” is narrowly focused on abortion and euthanasia, his views are not representative of the entire American Catholic church which, while concerned about abortion, also advocates for the betterment of the quality of life for the “post born.” But “America’s Newsroom” sees him as the go to guy for Catholicism. So it wasn’t surprising to see him interviewed, Sunday, about the state of today’s Catholic Church. Once again, there should be no doubt as to which interest groups “America’s Newsroom” directs its message - which speaks to the issue of which interest groups Fox “News” is beholden to.

Father Frank Pavone, who called Michael Schiavo a “murderer,” made frequent appearances during the Fox Schiavo media circus and was interviewed by Fox about Obama’s speech at Notre Dame where Pavone said a Mass for those protesting Obama’s visit. He was also interviewed, about health care reform, by Megyn Kelly. How radical is Father Frank Pavone? He does fun stuff like speaking at a burial service for fetuses, with radical anti choice minister Flip Benham, and campaigning against medical “advance directives” because the person making the request is “breaking the law by requesting suicide.” While he didn’t justify the murder of Dr. Tiller, he also asserted that because of the pro-choice Obama administration, “there are acts of violence from people who feel helpless." Pavone is also affiliated with James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family,” another anti choice group which seeks to ban abortion and contraception. As I noted, he has appeared on Fox - as has the Chairman of the Board of “Priests for Life,” Anthony DeStefano, who appeared on Martha MacCallum’s “news” show in order to pimp his religious book for children. Pavone also urges his fellow priests to tell their congregations to vote for only anti choice candidates.

So rather than interview a parish priest from a struggling New York neighborhood, Fox “news” chose to interview Pavone on Easter Sunday. He talked about how the church needs to defend “fundamental rights” and cited his anti-choice work against the “violence of abortion.” (For Pavone, women obviously have no rights to their reproductive system and it will be fine subjecting them to the violence of back alley abortions). When Shannon Bream asked Pavone if there is a disconnect between the church and today’s youth over issues like birth control, Pavone responded that young people are engaged in the pro-life movement because they are looking for a challenge. Bream validated his point when she said that the annual “March for Life,” which she covers, includes many youth who are “out in force” so “we know they’re connected.” Bream did ask about how the church is responding to the sexual abuse crises. Pavone said that church and state should be on the same page with regard to dealing with abuses. He added the caveat that if “people just want to use these events as an excuse to harm or criticize the Church, they’re the ones being unsincere and not the church.” Bream said that it was “great to see” Pavone, “again.”

Comment: “America’s Newsroom” indeed!